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XFO Rise of the Gladiator 2 Finale Results


XFO Rise of the Gladiator 2 Finale

Meet the Champs: XFO promoter Dan Lardy with title winners Heather Shedd, Marcus MacRae, Kim Bulow, Chris Houlihan, and UFC Gym District Manager Mike Jaber. (Photo Credit: Tomba Images/XFO)

The final round of the Rise of the Gladiator 2 tournament went down Saturday night at the HOME Bar in Arlington Heights and four fighters were awarded title belts and contracts to fight in the XFO.

UFC Gym’s Mike Jaber and XFO owner/promoter Dan Lardy had to make some tough decisions, but they awarded the belts and contracts to Chris Houlihan, Kim Bulow, Marcus MacRae, and Heather Shedd.

MacRae not only earned a belt and contract, he also avenged a narrow split decision loss in a rematch with Jerry Haaser from the first round. MacRae delivered a brutal knockout finish at just 1:18 of the first round.

Bulow once again thrilled the crowd with her aggressive style and constant pressure, using her ferocity and powerful top game to beat Anita Sterling by unanimous decision. She went undefeated in the tournament.

Houlihan went 3-0 in the tournament and finished all three of his fights. He submitted Andy Garcia with a triangle choke to cap off his perfect run.

Shedd knocked out Emily Hoogesteger in the second round of the tournament but featured her slick ground game in an armbar win over Lauren Collins at the finale. The rest of the card’s results are below.

This tournament was the result of the leadership of Mike Jaber, UFC Gym District Manager and Dan Lardy, XFO owner and promoter, and the hard work of the participating UFC Gyms and their employees:

Results from XFO Gladiator Challenge Finale at HOME Bar in Arlington Heights, IL, December 2, 2017

Aleksander Keca def. Jonathon Syverson, TKO – Strikes 1:50 Rd. 3
Tony Echevarria def Joseph Milad, 2:19 Rd. 1 TKO – Strikes
Joanna Pruszynski def. Vicki Anderson via unanimous decision
Carlos Rivera def. Josh Harris via unanimous decision
Eddie Perlaza def. Charles Zvirbulis, TKO- Strikes, 2:18 Rd 3
Chris Houlihan def. Andy Garcia Sub – Triangle, 2:38 Rd. 1
Chris Hernandez def. Rafael Alfaro, TKO – Strikes Rd. 3
Kim Bulow def. Anita Sterling via unanimous decision
Damyen Gothard def. Jason Johnsen Sub – Americana 2:28 rd. 2
Sean Beseka def. Sean Seibert, Sub – Head and Arm Choke, 1:23 Rd. 1
Marcus MacRae def. Jerry Haaser, KO, 1:18 rd. 1
Heather Shedd def. Lauren Collins, Sub – Armbar, :22 Rd. 1
Jay Driscoll def. Shawn Stafford, Sub – Head and Arm Choke, 2:55, rd. 1

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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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