On Friday, Sept. 6, Xtreme Fighting Championships traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. for its 25th event dubbed “Boiling Point.” The event took place from the Albuquerque Convention Center and aired live on AXS TV.

In the night’s main event, the inaugural XFC strawweight belt was up for grabs between Stephanie Eggink and Angela Magana. Eggink entered the fight having gone 2-0 in her first two appearances with the promotion. Magana, meanwhile, was fighting for just the second time in the last two years. The veteran was also making her promotional debut.

The night’s co-main event featured MFC veteran Dhiego Lima who took on another hard-hitting welterweight in Ricky Rainey.  Featherweights Stephen Bass and Farkhad Sharipov locked horns, Bellator veteran Ryan Thomas battled Rocky France in a 175-pound catchweight, Landon Vannata and J.P. Reese clashed at lightweight, and rising flyweights Eric Moell and Joby Sanchez met to kick off the main card.

The six-fight main card kicked off at 10 p.m. ET live on AXS TV. The three preliminary card fights were un-aired.

Eggink chokes Magana; earns inaugural strawweight title

Stephanie Eggink became the first ever XFC women’s strawweight champion with a second-round submission over Angela Magana.

Early in the fight Eggink used her length and boxing prowess to control the fight. Magana tried to chop the taller fighter down with leg kicks, but Eggink was able to control the distance and get in and out with a solid jab. Magana was finally able to close the distance and land a solid combination to the head in the final minute of the round.

Eggink listened to the instructions of her corner and landed a solid right hand to begin round two. Magana was able to earn the takedown after pressing Eggink up against the cage. Eggink was able to avoid any damage with a great guard on the ground. Eggink then used her long legs to throw up a triangle choke submission to earn the victory and the title.

Lima slips past Rainey

Dhiego Lima earned a hotly contested split decision victory over Ricky Rainey in the co-main event of XFC 25.

The two striking specialists looked to do just that in the early stages of round one. Rainey stalked Lima and landed a few leg kicks, before Lima countered with a solid left jab and a leg kick of his own which led to a clinch up against the cage. Both fighters earned their fair share of control before a brief stoppage due to an accidental groin strike by Rainey. Following the reset, Rainey caught a Lima body kick and rallied off an explosion of punches. Lima was able to survive the swarm by briefly earning a takedown. Rainey immediately scrambled back to his feet and the round ended in the clinch up against the cage.

Rainey opened up the second round with a partially blocked left high kick followed by an unsuccessful takedown attempt. Lima was able to connect with his best strikes so far after getting his back of the cage, landing a solid right hand and body kick. Rainey quickly went back to stalking Lima however, and landed a knee to the body up against the fence. Lima looked to tie Rainey up again going for a single-leg takedown up against the cage. Lima controlled Rainey up against the cage for the majority of the final few minutes, briefly earning the takedown twice. Rainey ended the round on top after escaping a rear naked choke attempt.

Lima again looked to press Rainey up against the cage to start the final frame. Rainey was able to escape quickly this time and connect with some crisp strikes. Rainey looked to be the fresher fighter in the final few minutes, looking more accurate in the striking game and earning a takedown. Lima got back to his feet and attempted to press the action with strike, but Rainey was able to take Lima down again in the final seconds.

The judges at cageside were split on the verdict, with two of them giving the nod to Lima.

Sharipov stops Bass

Farkhad Sharipov earned an XFC featherweight title shot with a second-round TKO victory over Ultimate Fighter veteran, Stephen Bass.

Both fighters came out ready for a stand-up war in this featherweight tournament semi-final. Each fighter was able to connect with the jab, but Sharipov had the more diverse game, mixing in a variety of leg kicks and an attempted head kick. The fighters briefly went to the ground when Sharipov took Bass down. Bass attempted a guillotine that was easily thwarted. Sharipov temporarily took Bass’s back in a scramble before the round ended on the feet.

Sharipov was able to take down Bass early in the second round after catching a body kick. Bass again attempted a guillotine on the takedown, but Sharipov was able to escape and connect with some ground and pound before the fight returned to the feet. Sharipov was able to take down Bass once again, this time taking advantage of a jumping knee attempt. Bass was able to get back to his feet again, but looked exhausted and was dropped by a left hook. Sharipov took back mount and unloaded with ground and pound until the fight was stopped.

Thomas overwhelms France

Ryan Thomas once again defeated Rocky France in a rare situation where the fighters faced off in back-to-back fights.

After a few heavy strikes from both fighters Thomas scored a double-leg takedown in the first minute of the fight. Thomas continued to control France on the ground opening up with some ground and pound, splitting France’s forehead with an elbow. France was able to reverse the position and end up on top of Thomas in the final minute of the round. Referee Gary Copeland briefly paused the fight so the doctors could check the cut on France’s forehead. The gash was deep, but the doctors deemed France fit to continue.

Both fighters came out slugging in round two with France landing some solid leg kicks. Thomas scored on a flying knee, which he ultimately turned into a flying triangle choke submission that would force France to tap.

Vannata edges Reese

Landon Vannata earned a split decision victory over J.P. Reese to improve his record to 3-0.

Both fighters came out quickly looking to land big strikes in the opening seconds of this fight. Vannata defended the first takedown attempt by the University of Missouri wrestling standout, Reese. Vannata controlled the first half of the round with his striking; doing the most damage with a right uppercut. Reese was able to take Vannata’s back twice in the second half of the round. Reese was not able to do too much damage as Vannata defended a rear-naked choke attempt in the final seconds.

In the early stages of round two Reese was able to take Vannata’s back once again due to a failed cartwheel attempt. Vannata quickly scrambled and was able to make it to his feet once again. Vannata again had has back taken however, when Reese reversed a hip toss attempt. The fight would get back to the feet where Reese was able to connect with an effective jab. Reese again was able to temporarily take Vannata’s back once more before the round ended on the feet.

History repeated itself early in the final frame as Reese took Vannata’s back once again. Vannata was able to escape; this time with somewhat of a cartwheel off of the cage. Both fighters looked to establish dominance on the feet most of the round to try and take control in a seemingly even fight. Reese was able to use the jab once again, but Vannata landed the more powerful strikes connecting multiple times with overhand rights and uppercuts.

Once again the judges were divided, with Vannata claiming the decision win.

Sanchez batters Moell

Joby Sanchez improved to a perfect 5-0 record with a victory over Eric Moell in front of his hometown crowd on Friday Night.

Moell started the first frame by immediately shooting for a takedown and pressing Sanchez up against the cage. Sanchez was ultimately able to create some space and connect with a head kick. Moell eventually earned the takedown three minutes in, but Sanchez quickly got back up to his feet. Sanchez then clipped Moell with a right hand and unloaded with a barrage of elbows until referee Gary Copeland stepped in and stopped the contest.

FULL RESULTS
Stephanie Eggink def. Angela Magana by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 3:10 – for inaugural strawweight title
Dhiego Lima def. Ricky Rainey by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Farkhad Sharipov def. Stephen Bass by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 4:19
Landon Vannata def. J.P. Reese by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
Ryan Thomas def. Rocky France by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 1;27
Joby Sanchez def. Eric Moell by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:25
Joshua Montoya def. Edward Tomaselli by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:47
Jordan Espinosa def. Tim Sosa by submission (north-south choke). Round 1, 1:36
Martin Manrique def. Francisco Marin by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Photo: XFC 25 Poster (Xtreme Fighting Championships)

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Trey Downey
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A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.