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XMMA bringing out some big names

With TKO’s Stephan Patry ditching the cold and dead sport of MMA for a trendy new sport he calls ‘Strikeboxing’ (which sounds like GrappleGrappling), everyone was wondering what was going to happen with Montreal’s bustling fight scene. Fortunately, upstart company XMMA seems to recognize their opportunity to become a serious regional force and have stepped up their game:

XMMA 7 “Inferno” has secured the services of powerhouse Phil Baroni (13-10), who takes on rising Canadian Guillaume Delorenzi (5-0) in the main event. EliteXC standout Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and former TKO lightweight champ Shane Rice also grace the card, while a lightweight title match between Kajan Johnson and Steve Claveau will also be waged.

Also on the card:

Martin Désilets vs. Todd Gouwenberg
Ryan Jimmo vs. Mike Nickels
Steve Claveau vs. Kajan Johnson
Thierry Quenneville vs. Douglas Evans
Dan Grandmaison vs. Markhaile Wedderburn
William Romero vs. Mitch Gagnon
Valerie Letourneau vs. Kate Roy
Daylin Logan vs. Dominic Poissant
Sebastien Deroy vs. Jeff Royer

We’re still waiting with baited breath to hear who Cyborg is going to face. Fingers crossed it’s someone serious in the top five of the sport. The next XMMA is February 27th and we’ll be there, hopefully with a bunch of jackals.