ISLAND LAKE, Ill. -- The cancellation of a lightweight main event
between former IFL standout Bart
Palaszewski (Pictures) and Eric Wisely did little to
dampen the crowd’s spirits at XFO 25 “Outdoor War” Saturday at
Sideouts Bar. Promoter Jeff Curran
(Pictures) said the bout was shelved after
Wisely had issues with his blood tests, but the show went on with
14 amateur and 8 pro bouts packed into one evening.
Midwest Training Center’s John Hosman
(Pictures) (9-4-1) successfully defended his
XFO bantamweight title against Team Tompkins fighter James Haourt
(Pictures) (2-4) with a second-round
chokeout. Hosman is no stranger to championship fights, as he
currently holds a bantamweight belt in two other Midwest
promotions, Gladiators Fighting and Extreme Challenge.
Hosman started the fight with a nice scoop slam, but was unable to
muster up much offense early on the ground. Haourt scrambled and
reversed position, but was rewarded for his efforts with a pair of
elbows from Hosman underneath him. Hosman followed with a triangle
attempt that was eventually shaken off.
Hosman took advantage of a Haourt slip in the second round, and
immediately set to work on trying to secure a leglock. Following
another scramble, Hosman landed a few elbows and then locked in a
rear-naked choke that quickly left Haourt unconscious.
“I had no idea he was out,” said Hosman, “I ripped it [the choke]
for what seemed like three or four seconds, the ref jumped in, and
he was out. I don’t know if one of the elbows caught him and made
him woozy, or if he was out from the choke.”
In the penultimate bout of the evening, lightweight Pat Curran
(3-0) held on to earn a split decision nod over H.I.T Squad fighter
Amir Khillah (2-3).
Curran controlled much of the first round on the ground, eventually
achieving mount position on Khillah. Curran closed out the frame
with a flurry of ground-and-pound, and looked to finish Khillah
with an armbar attempt in the closing seconds. While it looked
good, Curran did not have enough time to capitalize and the
sounding of the horn gave Khillah a respite from the submission
“I had the armbar but I ran out of time. If I had it for a little
bit longer I would have finished it for sure,” said Curran.
The second round saw Khillah take advantage of a Curran slip on a
takedown attempt and do some damage on the ground. Khillah followed
Curran to the mat and proceeded to issue a beating with punches
from the mount. Curran managed to survive Khillah’s onslaught of
ground-and-pound to make it through to the third round.
Curran mounted Khillah again in next set, only to be stood up
shortly thereafter by the referee, much to the dismay of the
decidedly pro-Curran crowd and his cousin and cornerman, XFO
promoter Jeff Curran
(Pictures). However, Curran thwarted
Khillah’s kicking arsenal and brought the action to the canvas once
again for the end of the round.
One judge scored the bout in Khillah’s favor, but Curran did enough
in the first and third rounds to warrant the decision win.
“The fight was pretty tough, I underestimated the guy, I knew he
was a good standup fighter, but his jiu-jitsu wasn’t too bad
either,” said Curran. “He was a tough opponent.”
Team Curran fighter Ryan Sturdy (4-1-1) unleashed a ferocious
barrage of ground-and-pound striking to earn a TKO victory over
Jake Ambrose (3-7) in the first round of their middleweight
contest. Sturdy pounced after Ambrose lost his footing on the
condensation-drenched mat, and went to work with punches on his
downed opponent, forcing the referee to call the fight.
Team No Ego’s Craig Kaufmann (5-2) managed to finish Tom Belt
(Pictures) (4-2) in their welterweight
match, using a submission hold to set up a TKO. Kaufmann, who spent
the majority of the fight on his back, worked constantly from guard
attempting a variety of submissions to counteract Belt. Kaufmann
finally caught the Team Curran fighter in a tight triangle midway
through the third round, and with Belt unable to defend, he went to
work with backhand strikes to earn the referee stoppage.
Featherweight Tony Marti (5-1) made short work of Paul Martin
(0-4), locking in a quick rear-naked choke after stuffing a Martin
takedown attempt for the evening’s fastest finish only 41 seconds
into the fight.
Lightweight Matt Veach (8-0) looked dominant in his victory over
Brent Mehrhoff (5-4). The H.I.T Squad fighter was in total control
throughout the fight, and finished off Mehrhoff in the second round
with a rear-naked choke.
Dom O’Grady (5-1) submitted a tough Jeremiah Riggs (1-1) in a
welterweight tussle that nearly went the distance. Both combatants
flashed some heavy leather in the fight, but in the end O’Grady was
able to secure a guillotine choke late in the third, prompting
Riggs to tap.
Joe Blake (2-0) started off the pro card with a submission win over
Joe Schlotterer (0-1). Blake opened the fight with a bang in the
form of big body slam. From there it was only a matter of time
before he forced Schlotterer to tap out to an armbar.
Joe Blake def. Joe Schlotterer – Tapout (Armbar) 1:53 R1
Dom O’Grady def. Jeremiah Riggs – Tapout (Guillotine Choke) 4:16
Matt Veach def. Brent Mehrhoff – Tapout (Rear-Naked Choke) 2:22
Tony Marti def. Paul Martin – Tapout (Rear-Naked Choke) :41 R1
Craig Kaufmann def. Tom Belt
(Pictures) – TKO (Ref Stoppage - Strikes)
Ryan Sturdy def. Jake Ambrose – TKO (Ref Stoppage - Strikes) 2:13
Pat Curran def. Amir Khillah – Split Decision (29-28, 29-28,
Hosman (Pictures) def. James Haourt
(Pictures) â€” TKO (Ref Stoppage, Rear Naked
Choke) 3:03 R2
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