After a stop in Nashville, Xtreme Fighting Championships packed up and headed across the border to Charlotte, N.C., to host XFC 19: Charlotte Showdown in front of a sold out crowd at the Grady Cole Center.
The main event had multiple changes due to fighters pulling out, but two men stepped up, as Roger Carroll took on Nicolae Cury in the new headliner. Another six bouts rounded out the main card, which aired live and free on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Both coming in on late notice, Roger Carroll and Nicolae Cury still managed to put on a close fight that went the distance.
The Blackzilian fighter, Cury, looked impressive early on by throwing many kicks and landing two takedowns. Carroll attempted several leg locks from the bottom, but was unsuccessful as Cury remained on top.
Carroll answered in round two with a takedown of his own. With 90 seconds remaining in the round, Carroll mounted his opponent, and eventually took the back of Cury to win round two.
Carroll came out looking to build off the momentum, but ended up taken control of by Cury in a triangle choke position. Carroll was able to escape and do a minute’s work, but would it be enough?
All three judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Cury. After the fight, Cury said he wants to face Corey Hill next.
Everyone loves some women’s action, and in the co-main event, XFC offered Felice Herrig vs. Simona Soukupova.
Round one was a grueling clinch battle, as Herrig controlled Soukupova against the cage the majority of the round. The two backed away, but stayed on the cage again. Herrig appeared to have won the opening frame.
The second was completely different, with the two women trading the entire time. Soukupova came back and may have claimed that round to even it up one a piece, but very close round.
Not much excitement in the third round, just the two feeling each other out to try to score points.
The judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28, all for Felice Herrig.
A true inspiration to every fight fan, Nick Newell continued to impress in the XFC with a win over Adam David Mays.
Newell came out aggressive looking for a submission hold, but settled for just a takedown. Mays was able to get back to his feet, but Newell showcased his striking very nicely. “Notorious” landed a huge knee to Mays, that instantly knocked out the former marine.
Newell improves to 8-0, and is expected to get a lightweight title shot later this year.
Crowd favorite Kevin Forant dominated on Friday by defeating Joe Elmore via unanimous decision.
Elmore looked to take the back of the hometown fighter in the first round, but Forant was able to shake him off and gain top position. Forant stayed there for the remainder of the round.
Elmore attempted a guillotine, but was easily defended by Forant and went back to his bread and butter of controlling Elmore. Forant moved from several different positions on the mat to easily take round two.
After yet another guillotine try, Forant got on top and did the same as in rounds one and two. After three rounds, Forant earned the clear-cut unanimous decision win.
Keith Richardson wasn’t going to allow Lawson McClure to come into his home state and get a win, and defeated the Atlanta native by submission.
Richardson came out quickly by landing a nice combination, took McClure down, and worked for a submission hold. After a couple minutes of wearing his opponent down, Richardson locked up a rear-naked choke to force McClure to tap.
Up next was Shane Crenshaw vs. Jason Hicks, where Hicks would take the arm of Crenshaw to win by submission.
Crenshaw circled the cage the majority of the time, picking his shots on when to strike or go for a takedown attempt. But Hicks got back up and landed on his own. Close first round.
Both men were able to do their share of damage in the second, but Crenshaw had the final say by landing another takedown. But Hicks held onto the arm of Crenshaw, and cranked on it to force Crenshaw to tap out.
The opening main card bout couldn’t have been more exciting, as “Buck Wild” Johnny Buck took on Ricky Rainey.
From the start, Buck shot in for a takedown, but settled for pressing his opponent against the cage. After an escape, Rainey landed some solid shots on the feet, but was taken down once more. While Buck would be on top, Rainey continued to do damage with elbows from the bottom.
The bigger fighter Rainey continued to punish Buck on the feet, but after Rainey dropped his hands, “Buck Wild” exploded with a combination that dropped his opponent, and knocked Rainey out cold for the comeback victory.
Brother of Roger who fought in the main event, Joey Carroll picked up a ground and pound victory over Jeff Tharington early in round one.
After numerous shots, including some brutal knees to the body, Zachary Klouse defeated Tony Scarlett in the first round as well.
To kick off the night, Carlos Vivas made quick work of Brian Karmolinski with a first-round TKO finish.
Nicolae Cury def. Roger Carroll by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Felice Herrig def. Simona Soukupova by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Nick Newell def. Adam David Mays by knockout (knee). Round 1, 2:01
Kevin Forant def. Joe Elmore by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Keith Richardson def. Lawson McClure by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 3:40
Jason Hicks def. Shane Crenshaw by submission (armbar). Round 2, 3:41
Johnny Buck def. Ricky Rainey by TKO (punches). Round 2, 1:32
Joey Carroll def. Jeff Tharington by TKO (strikes). Round 1
Zachary Klouse def. Tony Scarlett by TKO (knees). Round 1, 3:10
Carlos Vivas def. Brian Karmolinski by TKO (strikes). Round 1
Photo: Nicolae Cury (right) (Sherdog)
Photo: Nicolae Cury (right) (Sherdog)