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XFO X-Treme Fight Night Results


by Matt Lo Cascio

XFO X-Treme Fight Night went down Friday night at the UIC Pavilion, with eight titles up for grabs. Here’s a break down of the action.

XFO: Brandon Andriola vs Luke Rodriguez

Brandon Andriola defended his XFO lightweight title with a vicious knockout. (Rudolph Comeaux Photography)

Andriola Retains XFO Lightweight Title

MTC’s Brandon Andriola looked to have a tough matchup in Miletich Fighting System’s Luke Rodriguez, who brought with him a 13-3 record. Both fighters expressed a desire to turn pro after the bout; but only one looked ready for that step. Andriola simply dominated Rodriguez from the opening bell, beating him in every aspect of the fight. He powered him up against the cage and landed knee after knee to Rodriguez’s legs. He dominated him in the standup. He owned the cage, taking the fight wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted. He capped off a remarkable performance by landing a devastating knee to Rodriguez’s liver, sending the Iowan crumpling to the canvas and ending the fight. Andriola was successful in his first title defense, but the title will be vacated as Andriola turns pro for his next bout.

Randy Tran

Randy Tran is the new XFO amateur welterweight champion. (XFO/Michelle Keim)

Tran Pulls Off Submission of the Night

Randy Tran pulled off a stunning defeat of DeLaRosa Submission Wrestling’s Kane Cunningham with a slick figure four ankle lock. Cunningham took Tran’s back and was working on a rear naked choke when Tran locked down on Cunningham’s ankles, hyper-extending them and also torquing his knee. Cunningham quickly tapped and writhed in pain on the canvas. Tran took the XFO welterweight title in what was the submission of the night.

Darren Gibbs vs Robert Gidron

Michigan’s Darren Gibbs locked in a tight guillotine to tap out Robert Gidron. (Rudolph Comeaux Photography)

Michigan’s Darren Gibbs Wins XFO Middleweight Title

Michigan’s Darren Gibbs was making his third appearance in the XFO. He demonstrated a stifling wrestling game in his previous XFO fights, which made it all the more surprising when Grand Rapids MMA’s Robert Gidron had his way with Gibbs during the first two rounds, slamming Gibbs to the mat and out-wrestling him. But Gibbs remained calm and collected, and jumped on his opportunity in round three, catching Gidron in a tight guillotine that made him tap. Gibbs won the Michigan vs. Michigan battle, and took home the XFO middleweight belt.

Luke Cherep vs. Curtis Mar

Luke “Skywalker” Cherep dominated Curtis Mar en route to a second-round stoppage. (Rudolph Comeaux Photography)

Skywalker Takes the Bantamweight Title

Luke “Skywalker” Cherep dominated en route to a second-round finish of Kansas fighter Curtis Mar, once again proving he has no need for the judges. Cherep, already the Total Fight Challenge bantamweight champion, added to his collection by tearing apart Mar with strikes before the ref waved it off at 1:24 of round two. He has yet to go to a decision in any of his victories.

Phil "Big City" Garreau

Phil Garreau gave an impassioned post-fight interview with Miguel Flores. (Rudolph Comeaux Photography)

“Big City” Scores a Big Knockout

“Big City” Phil Garreau put on a diverse display of crisp striking, knocking out Bobby Froney and winning the XFO super heavyweight title. Garreau finished Froney in less than a round, putting together some slick combos that put Froney in retreat mode. Garreau did not let up his attack and the ref stepped in to stop the fight, giving Garreau the title and making the crowd at the UIC Pavilion get crazy. Best of all, proceeds from the sales of Garreau’s merchandise and raffle were donated to The Mission Continues and a local VFW hall, with the money donated to go toward building new classrooms for veteran education and also a new pantry. That’s a huge win-win.

Edgar Flores Triangle Choke Win

Coaches Alex Trujillo and Barry Hoppen watch Edgar Flores lock in his fight-ending triangle choke. (XFO/Michelle Keim)

Edgar Flores Submits Momo Scott for Flyweight Title Win

Edgar Flores kept a feverish pace in the XFO flyweight title fight, one that was too much for opponent Momo Scott. Flores completely had his way with Scott, working at a break-neck pace and finishing him at 2:35 of the first round. Scott is known for his grit, refusing to tap to most subs. But when Flores wrapped him up in a triangle choke, Scott had no choice but to tap out, giving Flores the win and the flyweight title.

Other results:

  • Michigan’s Eli Strong spoiled Dixon Muay Thai fighter Danny Sward‘s evening, earning a TKO win at 1:09 of round one and winning the XFO heavyweight title.
  • Threshold Martial Arts’ Mark Kasdorf put on a gritty performance against Blake Butler, but lost his title bid after a technical submission via guillotine in round four.
  • Dustin Stusse looked outstanding against the always-tough Franklin Springfield, getting back to his winning ways with a TKO-win at 2:55 round two. Stusse showed off his power-wrestling, repeatedly slamming Springfield to the mat, then showed off his hands in getting the finish. Stusse had former Total Fight Challenge/Sengoku/Bellator fighter Dan Hornbuckle in his corner for the win.
  • Brian Peterson showed off a diverse striking repertoire in his destruction of Josh Page, mixing in strikes and landing thunderous leg kicks that wrecked Page’s left leg. The ref stepped in to call it off at 1:48 of round one. In  a remarkable show of sportsmanship, Peterson helped the injured Page out of the cage. Peterson also showed off a new svelte physique, and looked more comfortable in the cage than we’ve ever seen him.
  • James “The Berzerker” Bennett outlasted Team One’s Corey Kuropas, winning their catchweight fight by unanimous decision.
  • MTC’s Matt Murphy showed great poise and aggression in his unanimous decision victory over Victory Martial Arts’ Kevin Medeiros.

Click here to check out all the great XFO X-Treme Fight Night Photos, courtesy of Rudolph Comeaux Photography!

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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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