Maryna Moroz will make her UFC debut this weekend against Joanne Calderwood. To many, the undefeated Moroz is an unknown fighter, but to those who have been following the resurgence of XFC, she is very familiar. Moroz won her opening round XFC tournament match by armbar before signing to the UFC.
Moroz is not the only fighter who fought under the XFC banner making a name for herself. Kalindra Faria who faced Jessica Aguilar for the WSOF title earlier this year has also fought in the XFC.
For those who haven’t been following our site that long, or who have missed the stories we have had about the talent rich XFC, let me catch you up on what has been a promotion rebuilt for the better.
After the XFC lost its deal with AXS, a major shift happened behind the scenes. Seeing the direction the XFC was heading post AXS, ownership and investors replaced most of the management, with Edward Jung taking over as CEO and Myron Molotky taking over as President. TJ Alcock (Director of Communications) and Brook Alcock (Director of Marketing) are two of the few to stick around.
With new management came a new direction and a new location for cards: Brazil. It was a radical shift from the many B and C leagues in the US to the wild west of the Brazilian market. Having secured a tv deal with Rede TV, they also changed their look, marketing strategy, and overall format to a more old school Bellator tournament-style event. The changes have been effective as major sponsors, including Snickers, have climbed on board. The organization also set up a live stream for fans not in Brazil to enjoy the action (although we wish they had some English commentators).
What has been beneficial to the female divisions has been the depth of talent the XFC has brought in worldwide. Not only Brazilians, but fighters from the US, India, Ukraine, Finland, and Argentina have been brought in to take part of the new XFC.
As it stands now there have been four tournaments, with three champions crowned: Silvana Gomez (season 1 flyweight); Vanessa Guimaraes (season 1 strawweight), and Poliana Botelho (season 2 flyweight). Viviane Pereira and Vuokko Katainen will square off for the season 2 strawweight tournament title soon. Botelho and Pereira will square off soon to crown a XFC 125 champ soon as well.
The promotion has been promising a return to the US and expansion into Europe sometime in the next year. For now, the promotion is developing stars and doing its part to increase the women’s divisions across the planet.
XFC has become strong and is a great example how a promotion can re-invent itself. Some of the next stars of the women’s divisions are coming from the XFC, and that’s a great thing.