XFC 44 Results: The Lightweight & Welterweight Tournament Finals Are Set

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Main Card (10pm EST., Fox Sports 2)

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Jose Quinonez def. Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Austin Bashi def. Emanuel Pugh by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 29-28)

Brett Martin def. Marino Eatman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

XFC Lightweight Tournament Semi-Finals

Kurt Holobaugh def. Jose Luis Verdugo by KO via strikes (0:11, R2)
Damonte Robinson def. Tom O’Connor by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

XFC Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finals

LaRue Burley def. Bradley Desir by TKO via strikes (3:14, R3)
Bobby Nash def. Ryan Dickson by KO via strikes (3:00, R1)

Preliminary Card (8pm EST., Fox Sports 2)

Tyson Miller def. Luis Conde-Navarro by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jake Kozorosky def. Davi Young by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Cody Linne def. Orlando Ortega by submission via arm bar (3:16, R1)

Dennis Hughes def. Ali Omar by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Juan Roman def. Egor Gorbachev by TKO via strikes (4:57, R1)

Atty Belanger def. Autumn Newcomb by unanimous decision (Unaired Prelim)


Andre Soukhamthath vs. Jose Quinonez

Round One: The round begins with Soukhamthath attacking Quinonez with some leg kicks, Quinonez scores a takedown on Soukhamthath and he gets the half guard. Soukhamthath scrambles and Quinonez keeps him grounded, Quinonez lands some ground and pound on Soukhamthath. Soukhamthath scrambles to his feet and Quinonez nails him with a knee strike to the midsection, the fighters clinch and separate after exchanging some strikes. Quinonez attacks Soukhamthath with a few high kick attempts, Quinonez grabs Soukhamthath and he gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Quinonez attempts a jump knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Quinonez

Round Two: The round begins with Quinonez scoring a takedown on Soukhamthath and he gets the full guard, Quinonez attacks Soukhamthath with some ground and pound. Quinonez gains side control while landing more strikes on Soukhamthath, Soukhamthath scrambles to his feet and Quinonez attacks him with some knee strikes. Quinonez backs up Soukhamthath while swinging away at him, Quinonez backs Soukhamthath towards the cage wall while landing some combinations. Soukhamthath swings at Quinonez and Quinonez nails him with a counter left, Quinonez scores a takedown on Soukhamthath and he gets the open guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Quinonez (Overall Score: 20-18 for Quinonez)

Round Three: The round begins with Quinonez attacking Soukhamthath with some high kicks, Soukhamthath grabs Quinonez and he gets him up against the cage wall. Soukhamthath drags Quinonez to the ground and Quinonez gets back up, Quinonez scores a takedown on Soukhamthath and he gets the half guard. Soukhamthath quickly gets Quinonez into his full guard while eating some ground and pound, Quinonez gains side control on Soukhamthath while landing more strikes. Quinonez quickly advances to the full mount against Soukhamthath, Quinonez lands some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Quinonez (Final Score: 30-27 for Quinonez)

Official Result: Jose Quinonez def. Andre Soukhamthath by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

XFC Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finals
Ryan Dickson vs. Bobby Nash

Round One: The round begins with Dickson rocking a swinging Nash with a counter right, Nash starts attacking Dickson with some leg kicks. Nash drops Dickson with a left and Dickson gets up while eating more strikes, Dickson grabs Nash and they clinch for a short time. Nash and Dickson get into a wild striking exchange, Nash cracks a swinging Dickson with a counter left hook. Nash drops Dickson with a combination and Dickson gets up before eating a knee strike, Nash rocks Dickson again after landing a counter right hook. Dickson recovers and he kicks Nash in the midsection, Nash drops Dickson with a multiple punch combination and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Bobby Nash def. Ryan Dickson by KO via strikes (3:00, R1)

XFC Lightweight Tournament Semi-Finals
Kurt Holobaugh vs. Jose Luis Verdugo

Round One: The round begins with Holobaugh attacking Verdugo with some leg kicks, Verdugo responds by landing some leg kicks of his own. Holobaugh charges forward against Verdugo while swinging away at him, Holobaugh continues lighting up Verdugo with combinations. Holobaugh drops Verdugo with a combination and Verdugo gets up while eating more strikes, Holobaugh clinches with Verdugo while landing some knee strikes. The fighters separate and swing away at each other, the fighters clinch and exchange some strikes until they separate. Verdugo starts landing some leg kicks against a swinging Holobaugh, Holobaugh gets Verdugo against the cage wall while trading strikes with him. The fighters separate and Holobaugh scores a takedown as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Holobaugh

Round Two: The round begins with Holobaugh coming forward and dropping Verdugo with a combination that forces the referee to jump in.

Official Result: Kurt Holobaugh def. Jose Luis Verdugo by KO via strikes (0:11, R2)

Marino Eatman vs. Brett Martin

Round One: The round begins with Martin and Eatman swinging away at each other, Eatman grabs Martin and he gets him up against the cage wall. The fighters clinch and they exchange some strikes, Eatman separates from Martin before landing a two punch combination. Martin comes forward and the fighters have a few striking exchanges, Eatman starts landing some leg kicks against Martin. Eatman clinches with Martin and they battle near the cage wall, the fighters exchange more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Eatman

Round Two: The round begins with Martin attacking a swinging Eatman with leg kicks, Eatman grabs the head of Martin while landing knee strikes. Eatman accidentally nails Martin low and the fight is halted, the action resumes with Martin attacking Eatman with punching combinations. Martin drops a kicking Eatman with a counter right and Eatman gets back up, the fighters clinch and they exchange more strikes. Martin cracks Eatman with a two punch combination before they clinch again, the fighters trade strikes while in the clinch. Eatman goes for a takedown and Martin defends while landing elbow strikes, Eatman makes it back to his feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Martin (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters clinching and exchanging strikes, Martin backs up Eatman while taking a few swings at him. Eatman fires back and he cracks Martin with a right, the fighters have a few exchanges before clinching again. Martin looks for a high kick and Eatman manages to block it, Martin cracks Eatman with some leg kicks before clinching again. The fighters continue exchanging strikes while in the clinch, Eatman nails Martin with a knee strike to the midsection. The fighters separate and swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Martin (Final Score: 29-28 for Martin)

Official Result: Brett Martin def. Marino Eatman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

XFC Lightweight Tournament Semi-Finals
Tom O’Connor vs. Damonte Robinson

Round One: The round begins with O’Connor cracking a swinging Robinson with a counter right, O’Connor and Robinson clinch near the cage wall while exchanging strikes. The fighters separate and exchange some kicks, O’Connor scores a takedown on Robinson and Robinson gets right back up while eating a few strikes. Robinson cracks O’Connor with multiple knee strikes and a right hook, O’Connor again clinches with a swinging Robinson and they battle along the cage wall. The fighters separate and Robinson attacks O’Connor with a combination, O’Connor eats a few knee strikes before getting Robinson against the cage wall. Robinson gets free and he cracks O’Connor with another combination, O’Connor clinches with Robinson as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Robinson

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Robinson charges at O’Connor while swinging wildly at him. O’Connor grabs a swinging Robinson and they briefly clinch, Robinson pops O’Connor with a kick to the midsection. O’Connor grabs Robinson and he gets him up against the cage wall, O’Connor scores a takedown on Robinson and he gets back control while landing strikes. Robinson finds a way to stand up as O’Connor stays on his back, O’Connor gets Robinson back to the ground while landing some strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for O’Connor (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters swinging away at each other, Robinson cracks O’Connor with a left to the chin. Robinson follows up by popping O’Connor with a right, O’Connor comes forward and he and Robinson swing away at each other. Robinson scores a takedown on O’Connor and he gets the half guard, Robinson attacks O’Connor with some ground and pound. Robinson transitions to back control on O’Connor, Robinson goes for a rear naked choke and O’Connor defends. O’Connor scrambles to his feet and Robsinon nails him with a knee strike, Robinson scores another takedown on O’Connor and he gets back control. O’Connor sweeps Robinson and he manages to get top control, Robinson scrambles to his feet and O’Connor gets him against the cage wall, Robinson separates before landing a multiple strike combo on O’Connor, the fighters clinch as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Robinson (Final Score: 29-28 for Robinson)

Official Result: Damonte Robinson def. Tom O’Connor by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

XFC Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finals
LaRue Burley vs. Bradley Desir

Round One: The round begins with Desir attempting a high kick against Burley, Burley and Desir exchange some leg kicks. Burley lights up Desir after landing a two punch combination, Burley follows up by getting into a striking exchange with Desir. Burley charges at Desir while swinging wildly at him, Burley then cracks a swinging Desir with a counter overhand right. Desir responds by landing a few kicks to the midsection of Burley, Burley drops Desir with a combination and he gets top control on the ground. Burley lands some ground and pound before Desir scrambles to his feet, Desir fights back and he cracks Burley with a right. Desir clinches with Burley and they exchange some strikes until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Burley

Round Two: The round begins with Desir attacking Burley with some combinations, Burley fires back and he cuts Desir open while landing a plethora of strikes. Burley scores a takedown on Desir and he gets the half guard, Burley attacks Desir with some ground and pound. Desir eats more strikes while getting Burley in his full guard, Desir rolls for an arm bar and Burley escapes to get the fight standing again. Burley charges forward and he swings wildly at Desir, Desir recovers and he cracks Burley with a wild right hook. Burley and Desir both land shots during a wild striking exchange, Burley backs up and he cracks Desir with a few punches. Desir continues backing up Burley as the fighters swing away at each other, Burley then cracks Desir with a two punch combination. Burley and Desir crack each other with left hooks to the chins, Burley swings away at Desir as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Desir (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Desir cracking Burley with a high kick followed by a knee strike, Desir cracks Burley with more knee strikes and head kicks during a wild striking exchange. Burley scores a takedown on Desir and he gets the full guard, Desir accidentally nails Burley with an illegal up kick and the fight is halted. The referee takes a point from Desir before resuming the fight, the action resumes with a wild striking exchange between Burley and Desir. Burley scores a takedown on Desir after landing a right, Burley attacks a downed Desir with ground and pound. Desir scrambles to his feet and Burley briefly clinches with him, Burley then cracks a swinging Desir with a counter right. Burley drops Desir with a trio of rights and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: LaRue Burley def. Bradley Desir by TKO via strikes (3:14, R3)

Austin Bashi vs. Emanuel Pugh

Round One: The round begins with Bashi scoring a takedown on Pugh after eating a jump knee strike, Pugh gets up and Bashi keeps him against the cage wall. Bashi gets another takedown and Pugh gets back up again, Bashi gets Pugh down again and he gets back control. Pugh stands up and Bashi drags him back to the ground again, Pugh gets up again and Bashi stays on his back for a short time. Bashi trips Pugh up again and Pugh gets right back up, Bashi scores another takedown on Pugh and he gets the full guard. Bashi postures up before returning to the ground and gaining the full mount on Pugh, Pugh scrambles to his feet after eating an elbow strike from Bashi. Bashi scores another takedown on Pugh and he gets the open guard, Bashi attacks Pugh with some ground and pound before letting Pugh get back up. Bashi scores another takedown on Pugh and he gets the full mount as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Bashi

Round Two: The round begins with Bashi charging at Pugh as a striking exchange breaks out, Bashi scores a takedown on Pugh and he gets the half guard. Pugh scrambles to his feet and he gets Bashi against the cage wall, Bashi spins Pugh into the cage wall while landing a few strikes. Bashi gains another takedown on Pugh and he gets side control on him, Bashi attacks Pugh with some ground and pound. Pugh scrambles to his feet and Bashi keeps him against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Bashi scores another takedown on Pugh. Bashi transitions to side control and then back control on Pugh, Pugh scrambles to his feet and Bashi drags him to the ground again. Pugh gets up again and Bashi swings away at him as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Bashi (Overall Score: 20-18 for Bashi)

Round Three: The round begins with Bashi taking some swings against Pugh, Bashi grabs Pugh and he gets him up against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Pugh misses a head kick attempt on Bashi, Bashi scores a takedown on Pugh and Pugh gets right back up. Bashi holds Pugh against the cage wall while landing some strikes on him, Bashi scores another takedown and Pugh gets up right away. Bashi quickly drags Pugh right back to the ground while getting the full guard, Bashi gains the side control position on Pugh while landing some strikes. Pugh scrambles to his feet and Bashi cracks him with a left hook, Bashi clinches with Pugh until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Bashi (Final Score: 30-27 for Bashi)

Official Result: Austin Bashi def. Emanuel Pugh by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 29-28)

Davi Young vs. Jake Kozorosky

Round One: The round begins with Young attacking Kozorosky with a combination, Young scores a takedown on Kozorosky and he immediately lands strikes. Kozorosky gets up and he looks for a takedown on Young, Young nails Kozorosky with a jump knee strike and Kozorosky briefly goes down. Kozorosky clinches with Young and they separate while swinging away at each other, Kozorosky scores a takedown on Young and he gets top control. Young scrambles to his feet and the fighters briefly clinch, Kozorosky and Young exchange some kicks to the midsection. Young and Kozorosky also exchange some leg kicks, Kozorosky accidentally kicks Young low and the fight is halted. The action resumes with Young nailing Kozorosky with another combination, the fighters stay at a distance while taking some swings at each other. Kozorosky lands a few leg kicks on Young as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Young

Round Two: The round begins with Kozorosky looking for a takedown before a wild striking exchange breaks out with Young, Kozorosky hits Young with a spinning back kick to the midsection. Young and Kozorosky exchange some leg kicks, the fighters stay at a distance while swinging away at each other. Young charges at Kozorosky while landing a multiple punch combination, Young goes for a spinning back fist and Kozorosky avoids it. Kozorosky and Young swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Young (Overall Score: 20-18 for Young)

Round Three: The round begins with Young scoring a takedown on Kozorosky and he gets back control, Kozorosky scrambles to his feet after eating a few strikes. Young nearly cracks Kozorosky with a head kick attempt, Young cracks a kicking Kozorosky with a counter right. The fighters clinch and exchange some strikes, Young barely lands a spinning back fist attempt on Kozorosky. Kozorosky accidentally pokes Young in the eye and the fight is halted, the action resumes with Young swinging away at Kozorosky. Young continues backing up Kozorosky while swinging away at him, Young starts landing some leg kicks against Kozorosky. Kozorosky responds by landing some body kicks on Young, Young pops a swinging Kozorosky with a counter strike combination. Kozorosky drops Young with a jump knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Kozorosky (Final Score: 29-28 for Young)

Official Result: Jake Kozorosky def. Davi Young by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Cody Linne vs. Orlando Ortega

Round One: The round begins with Ortega attacking Linne with jabs and leg kicks, Ortega also attacks Linne with a bunch of front kicks. Ortega and Linne continue exchanging striking combinations, Ortega keeps Linne at a distance while swinging away at him. Linne scores a takedown on Ortega and he gets right back up, Ortega defends against another takedown while attacking Linne with knee strikes. Linne grabs Ortega and he gets him up against the cage wall, Linne scores another takedown on Ortega and he gets the half guard. Linne rolls for an arm bar and Ortega taps out.

Official Result: Cody Linne def. Orlando Ortega by submission via arm bar (3:16, R1)

Dennis Hughes vs. Ali Omar

Round One: The round begins with Hughes popping Omar with a straight left, Omar eats a few more shots before briefly dropping a swinging Hughes with a counter knee strike. Omar drops Hughes again with a knee strike to the midsection, Omar backs up and he allows Hughes to stand back up. Hughes fires back and he nails Omar with a two punch combination, Omar attacks a swinging Hughes with a few high kicks. Omar cracks Hughes with a knee strike to the head followed by a head kick, Hughes continues coming forward as the fighters continue swinging away at each other. Omar cracks a swinging Hughes with a counter strike combination, Omar also lands a spinning head kick on a swinging Hughes. Omar scores a takedown on Hughes and he gets back control, Hughes sweeps Omar and he gains top control. Omar sweeps Hughes and both fighters get back up, Hughes scores a takedown on Omar and he gets him in a seated position. Hughes attacks Omar with some ground and pound, Omar gets up and Hughes drags him back to the ground. Omar scrambles against Hughes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Omar

Round Two: The round begins with Omar nailing a swinging Hughes with several kicks to the midsection, Hughes comes forward and he cracks Omar with a multiple punch combination. Hughes grabs Omar and he gets him against the cage wall before swinging away at him, Hughes again lights up Omar with multiple combinations. Omar scores a takedown on Hughes and he gets the half guard, Hughes quickly gets Omar into his full guard. Hughes attacks Omar with strikes while on his back, Omar starts landing some ground and pound on Hughes. Hughes scrambles and Omar keeps top control while landing more strikes, Omar rolls for an arm bar and Hughes defends to get top control. Hughes lands some ground and pound on Omar as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Hughes (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters immediately swinging away at each other, Hughes backs up Omar while landing combinations. Omar starts cracking a swinging Hughes with some counter strikes, Omar hits Hughes with a few kicks to the midsection. Hughes and Omar continue getting into some wild striking exchanges, Omar scores a takedown on Hughes and he gets the full guard. Hughes attacks Omar with strikes while on his back, Omar finds a way to get back control on a scrambling Hughes. Hughes scrambles again and he gets Omar back in his full guard, Hughes scrambles to his feet and Omar drags him back to the ground. Omar eats some strikes from Hughes while landing his own ground and pound, Omar maintains top control on Hughes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Omar (Final Score: 29-28 for Omar)

Official Result: Dennis Hughes def. Ali Omar by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Luis Conde-Navarro vs. Tyson Miller

Round One: The round begins with Conde-Navarro dropping Miller with a right, Miller gets up and Conde-Navarro scores another takedown on him. Conde-Navarro attacks Miller with ground and pound until Miller gets up, Miller gets a takedown on Conde-Navarro and Conde-Navarro goes for a guillotine choke. Conde-Navarro scrambles to his feet while controlling the head of Miller, Miller scores another takedown on Conde-Navarro after eating a few elbow strikes. Conde-Navarro gets back up and Miller holds him against the cage wall, Miller gets another takedown on Conde-Navarro and he gets him in a seated position. Miller transitions to back control on Conde-Navarro, Miller rolls for an arm bar and Conde-Navarro defends before getting back up. Conde-Navarro gets top control on the downed Miller while landing a few strikes, Conde-Navarro postures up and Miller gets up a short time later. Miller scores another takedown on Conde-Navarro as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Miller

Round Two: The round begins with Conde-Navarro attacking Miller with a high kick attempt, Conde-Navarro cracks a swinging Miller with a counter strike combination. Miller drags Conde-Navarro to the ground after eating a step in knee strike, Miller advances to the full mount on Conde-Navarro. Miller rolls for an arm triangle choke and Conde-Navarro defends to get top control on the ground, Conde-Navarro lands some ground and pound before getting back up. Miller scores another takedown on Conde-Navarro and he gets back control a short time later, Miller attacks Conde-Navarro with some ground and pound. Conde-Navarro scrambles and he manages to get back control before Miller stands up, Miller drags Conde-Navarro back to the ground and he rolls for an arm bar and Conde-Navarro defends as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Miller (Overall Score: 20-18 for Miller)

Round Three: The round begins with Conde-Navarro cracking a kicking Miller with a counter right, Conde-Navarro grabs Miller and he gets him against the cage wall. Conde-Navarro looks for a takedown while Miller defends and lands a few strikes, Miller scores a takedown on Conde-Navarro and he gets him in a seated position. Miller transitions to back control on the downed Conde-Navarro, Conde-Navarro gets to his feet and Miller stays on his back. Miller trips up Conde-Navarro and he gets him back down to the ground, Miller advances to the full mount and then back control on Conde-Navarro. Miller maintains back control on Conde-Navarro as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Miller (Final Score: 30-27 for Miller)

Official Result: Tyson Miller def. Luis Conde-Navarro by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Egor Gorbachev vs. Juan Roman

Round One: The round begins with Gorbachev taking a few swings at Roman, Gorbachev starts landing some leg kicks against Roman. Roman starts landing leg kicks of his own against Gorbachev, Gorbachev goes for a few high kicks and Roman blocks them. Roman nails a swinging Gorbachev with a counter left hook, Gorbachev and Roman go for a few spinning attacks. Gorbachev drops Roman with a right and Roman gets back up while eating a body kick, Roman fights back and he nails Gorbachev with a push kick. Roman eats a counter right from Gorbachev while attempting a high kick, Roman attacks Gorbachev with a variety of kicks and combinations. The fighters clinch and battle for positioning before Roman scores a takedown, Roman attacks Gorbachev with ground and pound until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Juan Roman def. Egor Gorbachev by TKO via strikes (4:57, R1)


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