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The XFO and many of the area’s best young fighters will bring the noise on Friday at the Copernicus Center in Chicago for XFO 43.

The card has changed a bit as both Carson Beebe and Giovanni Moljo have been replaced, but there is no shortage of prospects in this group of fighters that will do battle on Friday.

The main event pits Daniel Vizcaya against Team Colon’s Brandon DelPrado. Vizacaya is coming off victories against Rafal Skibinski and Kent Rexford Jr. DelPrado had a long and storied local amateur career, racking up wins at Mayhem’s Disorderly Conduct, King of the Cage, Lockdown in Lowell, C3 and Brawl at Bourbon St. He is undefeated in both his pro and amateur careers.

Team Top Notch’s Mike Santiago will already be fighting for the third time this year, taking on Tory Bogguess. Santiago has won two in a row after being submitted by Josh Shockley last October at Chicago Cagefighting Championship IV. Bogguess is a submission specialist who garnered some attention around these parts last year when he took to Twitter to disrespect Dan Downes after their NAFC fight.

Ryan Storey tries to exact some revenge on Team Curran when he takes on Matt Tobie. Storey is coming off a loss to Team Curran’s Kenny Booker at HFC 10 in February. Tobie will look to break a two-fight losing streak against Storey, as well as retain bragging rights for the team.

Carlson Gracie’s Jason Graves returns to the cage for the first time in almost a year when he takes on Gilbert Grappling’s Rafal Skibinski. Skibinski is coming off his first pro win at Chicago Cagefighting Championship IV, while Graves looks to get back in the win column after his XFO 39 loss to MTC’s Dan Stittgen.

Another exciting matchup is MTC’s Andre Feliciano vs. Jerald Williams. Williams holds some impressive wins over Sean Gee and Matt Giancarlo, while Feliciano is the XFO flyweight champion and has never been defeated.

Tickets are available at XFOMMA.com, and here is the full card:

XFO 43Daniel Vizcaya vs Brandon DelPrado
Daniel Aguirre vs Ryan McIntosh
Mike Santiago vs Tory Bogguess
Adam Ward vs Bobby Ferrier
Andrew Krzeptowski vs Lawrence Dunning
Joey Diehl vs Dominic Blanco
Matt Tobie vs Ryan Storey
Rafal Skibinski vs Jason Graves
Christian Reynoso vs Brandon Wood
Damian Norris vs Jordan Griffin
Ramy Daoud vs Johnny Coleman
Andre Feliciano vs Jerald Williams
Phil Williams vs James Smith

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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