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XFO Outdoor War 14 Results and Recap


XFO Outdoor War 14

Kendra Kazmaier and Ryan Deane won XFO titles, and James Bennett showed off his ground game to pick up his fourth pro win. (Photos: Scales Off Media)

by Matt Lo Cascio

The XFO held its annual Outdoor War Saturday night at Sideouts in Island Lake. With 22 fights on the card there were plenty of highlights. The first-ever female flyweight champ was crowned, the welterweight title changed hands and some fighters earned title shots with their wins. There’s also a new wave of prospects that were incredibly impressive in their debuts. Let’s break it all down.

Berzerker Shows Off Improved Ground Game

James Bennett at XFO Outdoor War 14
You don’t get the nickname “Berzerker” by being a wizard on the ground, and Rothwell MMA’s James Bennett did win by TKO, but being able to control Jordan Wiggins on the ground was a huge key to Bennett securing the win. Wiggins got off to a fast start and looked fast and crisp. But Bennett neutralized his speed with his grappling and finished Wiggins with strikes to score his fourth pro win. It was the second consecutive win for Bennett after defeating Dustin Stusse earlier this year at Bellator 198.

Simpson Collects a Neck, Wins Pro Debut

Donny Simpson at XFO Outdoor War 14
The Simpson Squad was out in full effect to cheer on Donny Simpson in his pro debut, and he gave his fans what they wanted. Simpson knocked down opponent James Krause-Simmons early in round one, then went to his grappling game. He caught Krause-Simmons in a guillotine, but he was able to escape. The two then traded knees from the clinch as the fight worked its way back to the cage. Krause-Simmons was able to get a body lock on Simpson and briefly took him down. He went for Simpson’s back but was too high and easily shaken off. Simpson again went for Krause-Simmons’ neck, but this time Krause-Simmons scooped Simpson and took him down. Simpson’s primary choking arm remained in place and he sunk it deeper as he was being taken down. He applied the reinforcing arm and quickly got the tap, earning his first pro win at 2:40 of round one.

Kazmaier Becomes First-Ever XFO Female Flyweight Champ

Kendra Kazmaier at XFO Outdoor War 14
Wrecking Ball’s Kendra Kazmaier started quickly against Hybrid Athletics’ Stephanie Canfield, hitting her with a vicious right hand to the chin that dropped her. Canfield was able to get back to her feet and tied up Kazmaier with her back against the cage as she tried to recover. Kazmaier landed some knees to Canfield’s midsection that broke the clinch and created space. From there she let it all go. She hit Canfield with knees, uppercuts, combos, and more before Canfield hit the deck again. The fight-ending barrage totaled more than 50 strikes in less than thirty seconds as the ref stepped in to wave it off at 1:35 of round one. Kazmaier is now the first-ever XFO female flyweight champion.

Juice Retains Title, Submits Rodriguez

Justin Lovrich at XFO Outdoor War 14
MTC’s Justin Lovrich was the only one of three XFO champions to successfully defend their titles Saturday night. Lovrich used his fierce brand of suffocating wrestling to thwart challenger Vic Rodriguez, finishing him in the second round with a Kimura. Lovrich remains undefeated in the XFO and we haven’t even seen much of his striking game yet.

Deane Wears Down Wadman, Taps Him Out

Ryan Deane at XFO Outdoor War
Team Curran’s Vince Wadman lost his title to Ryan Deane in round four after Deane was able to sink in a fight-finishing rear naked choke. The Rocky’s Dojo fighter pushed the pace through all four rounds and eventually won the battle of attrition as Wadman seemed to fade a bit after round three. He also may have sustained a rib injury during the fight, but that’s to take nothing away from the amazing performance put on by Deane, the new XFO welterweight champion.

Motaz Askar Remains Undefeated with Submission Win

Motaz Askar at XFO Outdoor War 14
Motaz Askar ran his record to a perfect 4-0 after needing just a minute to secure a submission win against AMFA’s Eric Kottman. Askar makes takedowns look effortless, getting his opponents to the mat with an impressive, smooth blend of speed and power. Such was the case against Kottman, as he took him down early in the round and quickly sunk in rear naked choke that got the tap. It would be a shock if Askar did not get a shot at the XFO featherweight title in his next bout.

Cooper Finishes Former Training Partner Lira

Derek Cooper defeats Edgar Lira at XFO Outdoor War 14
Derek Cooper defeated an old friend in former training partner Edgar Lira, as the two were matched up after Lira’s opponent was not approved to fight by the commission. “Danger” took Lira down early in the first round and scored with some hard right hands to the head from top position. He was then able to get to back mount and kept the shots coming as Lira covered up, forcing referee Mark Wallen to stop the bout at 2:21 of round one.

Bulow Dominates in Unanimous Decision Win

Kim Bulow at XFO Outdoor War 14
Kim Bulow put on a dominant performance against Nahiyha Porter, one that earned her a unanimous decision win. Bulow showed no ill effects after suffering the first loss of her career at XFO Rocktown Showdown 33 in May. She had her way with Porter from the opening bell, taking her down and maintaining top position while scoring with punches. Bulow is certainly in line for a shot at the XFO bantamweight title after running her record to 5-1.

Avila and Valencia Thrill the XFO Crowd

Juan Avila at XFO Outdoor War 14
“There are a lot of consequences in that cage right now.” Those were the words of XFO analyst Mike Finch as Wrecking Ball’s Juan Avila and Rothwell MMA’s Julian Valencia went to war. He was spot on. These two warriors came to bang and leave it all in the cage. Avila got tagged by Valencia early in round one and spent a lot of time on his back throughout the first frame. He got back to his feet near the end of the round and landed his patented left hook, with both fighters engaging in a firefight. Avila kept the pressure up in round two and landed a right hand on the button that sent Valencia falling backward. Avila secured top position and let his hands go, finishing the fight at :29 of round two.

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XFO Outdoor War 14 Quick Hits

David Reyes at XFO Outdoor War

David Reyes made the most of his MMA debut, getting the finish in round three with a rear naked choke. (Photo Credit: Scales Off Media)

    • Wrecking Ball’s Gabriel Arroyo set the pace for the event by opening up with a unanimous decision win in a kickboxing match against Rothwell MMA’s Austin Feest. He got the crowd going by landing two push kicks to Feest’s face.
    • MTC’s Jon Quezada moved to 2-0 with a savage first-round TKO win over Nick Longoria. A right hand floored Longoria and Quezada quickly achieved full mount and laid down some heavy leather on Longoria until the fight was stopped at just :31 of the first round. Quezada now has two first-round finishes in two XFO fights.
    • David Reyes dominated in his MMA debut with spectacular grappling. He repeatedly took down opponent Aldrin Lobrin and finished him with a choke early in round three. Pro fighter and XFO vet Dan Almario was in his corner.
    • Adrian “Baby Bull” Cardenas looked like a prospect to watch after he dismantled Jose Fuller with his striking. Cardenas finished Fuller via TKO at :50 of round three and showed fast hands and crisp striking throughout the fight.
    • Rothwell MMA’s Teddy McDonald traded big shots with Strasser MMA’s Keenan Robinson throughout round one as the two big heavyweights kept a flyweight-like pace, but it was McDonald who poured it on in round two. He took Robinson down and got to full mount, landing big strikes until referee Josh Stewart halted the bout.
    • Hybrid Athletics’ Devon Jeffries looked phenomenal in his XFO debut, finishing Chris Manon with strikes near the end of the first round. Jeffries stunned Manon with a straight right then followed it with a left hook that put Manon down. Jeffries refused to let Manon tie him up from the bottom, and he was able to keep his posture and rain down strikes until the fight was stopped. That’s four straight wins for Jeffries.
    • Jose Morales‘ ground game was too much for Michigan’s Isaiah Gathings Jr., as Morales spent the majority of the fight in top position and in control. He won by unanimous decision.
    • Welcome to the XFO, John Daniells. The Team Curran fighter was successful — and quick — in his debut, needing just :20 to finish off Dalton Seafler. Daniells recorded the fastest finish of the night.
    • IMMA’s Easton Hall landed a few big shots on Strasser MMA fighter Jared Pompilus early in round one, but Pompilus was able to recover and stay in the fight. Pompilus had a point deducted after multiple kicks below the belt, and it turned out to be significant. The scorecards were 29-27, 28-28 and 28-28, resulting in a majority draw,
    • Northern Illinois Combat Club’s Trace Engelkes showed off some high-level wrestling in defeating MMA Underground’s Nate Aleo. Engelkes was able to keep Aleo on his back, neutralizing Aleo’s deadly striking. He scored the win in his debut.
    • Slobo Jevtovic sought to avenge the loss of his friend Shawn Stafford to Jay Driscoll, but Driscoll caught Jevtovic in a triangle choke that made him tap at 1:11 of the first round.
    • XFO fans know about Jay Blancas hands and those were on display early in his fight against Zach Stander. But it was his improved ground game that earned him the finish, locking in a slick armbar that made Stander tap at 1:31 of the first round.
    • Hybrid Athletics’ Mike Escoe‘s grappling game was too much for young Cody Linne from Rothwell MMA. Escor cruised to a unanimous decision win behind three rounds of controlling Linne on the ground.

All photos copyright Scales Off Media.

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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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