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XFC 18 Scott Barrett vs. Gabe Salinas-Jones

Local pro Gabe Salinas-Jones will be fighting Scott Barrett at XFC 18 in Nashville on June 22.

Salinas-Jones (6-2-1) will be making his third appearance for the XFC. He fought Parker Porter in his first two matches, dropping the first and then submitting Porter in the second bout.

His last two bouts have come in Strikeforce. He was able to display his ground game against Brian Humes in front of his home crowd here in Chicago, submitting Humes in the 3rd round last July at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. But he dropped a decision in his last bout to Devin Cole in December.

Scott “The Bear” Barrett may be a familiar name to Chicago fight fans. He fought Damian Grabowski at Bellator 25 at the Chicago Theatre in August, 2010. Barrett is a heavy-handed brawler that Salinas-Jones will want to get to the ground, even though Barrett has a strong wrestling base. “If I want Scott Barrett on his back, he will be on his back,” Salinas-Jones told the XFC.

He seems unfazed at the prospect of fighting Barrett. He offered his thoughts on how he thinks it will go down in an interview with the XFC website. “A beer in my hand at a country dive bar, after a one sided beat down of Scott Barrett on national TV. I’m the fighter that everyone else is going to be gunning for and the 22nd is just the beginning,” said Salinas-Jones.

Salinas-Jones has learned the hard way not to let fights go to a decision. In his  three pro fights that have gone to the score cards, 2 have resulted in losses, the other in a draw. He has won all of his other bouts.

“I’m excited to have Gabe in our Heavyweight division,” said XFC President John Prisco.  “He put on a good show at (XFC) 13 and has gained a lot more experience since then. I’m positive the fans in Nashville and those watching live on HDNet will enjoy the show, as well as  getting to know Gabe as an XFC Fighter.”

Salinas-Jones is also excited to be back in the XFC. “I want the XFC belt! When I first fought for XFC, that was my goal and it still is. I can’t wait to make a statement in front of the Nashville fans and all those around the world watching on HDNet. When I signed the deal, it was discussed that I was going to be really active throughout my contract. I seriously can tell you how excited I am to be fighting for XFC,” said Salinas-Jones.

XFC 18 airs live on HDnet, June 22 at 9pm, from Nashville, Tennessee. For more info on the event visit  www.OfficialXFC.com.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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