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XFO 40: The Return of Chris Brennan


XFO 40The XFO not only breeds and showcases many of the best local fighters in the Chicago area, but they are also becoming the promotion for big name fighters — even legends — to get back on the comeback trail.

After shacking up for months at Curran Martial Arts to resurrect his career, Jens Pulver got his first win in over 4 years at XFO 38. In May, former WEC champion Jamie Varner got his first win in over two years by beating Tyler Combs at XFO 39. And now at XFO 40, Chicago fight fans will get to see another legend fighting for the first time in over two years: Chris “The Westside Strangler” Brennan.

Brennan has fought everyone and everywhere in an amazing MMA career that began professionally in 1996. He battled Pat Miletich 3 times. He’s fought Joe Stevenson, Takanori Gomi and Tatsuya Kawajiri. He’s fought in the UFC, King of the Cage, Pride, Shooto and Gracie Fighting Championships. And on June 25th he will resume his storied career at XFO 40.

Back in March, Brennan told Fighters Only magazine that he really wants to get back into the UFC, and that his long layoff has been due to injuries. He also told them that he will be training with Renzo Gracie and will fight at 170.

His first opponent will be Ohio’s Tony Parker. Parker fought an incredible 12 times in 2010, amassing a record of 7-5.  One of the fights was at XFO 36 in August, where he submitted Francois Ambang with a rear naked choke in the first round. 10 of Parker’s 12 fights have been ended by submissions, and that’s great news for Brennan. He is the master of the “10-Finger Guillotine”, and gets his nickname “The Westside Strangler” from his dominance of that hold.

Also on the card:
Mike Pitz vs Marcus Finch
Ryan Sturdy vs Dustin Jacoby
Joey Diehl vs Eric Acuna
Vincent Ramos vs Brett Ewing
Chris Hartwig vs Dan McGlasson
Dennis Dombrow vs Roger Hahn, II
Greg Reddington vs Dexter Wright

Plenty of recognizable names on the card, including the pro debut of Patriot Boxing’s Greg Reddington, who you may recall from the now defunct Mayhem Promotions events from a few years ago.

Hit up the XFO website for tickets, or check out the info on the poster.

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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