After disposing of “The Master of Cool” at XFC 24 this past June, Eric “Its a Wrap” Reynolds felt he not only put himself back in title talks, but he also felt he won the undisputed “championship of fighter nicknames”. But, as the old saying goes, “you’re not a true champion until you defend your title”, so… in Muskegon, Michigan on December 13th, from the L.C. Walker Arena, XFC fans will witness Dom “I Hate You So Much” O’Gady versus Eric “Its a Wrap” Reynolds. Don’t let the nicknames fool you though, there is a lot riding on the outcome of this fight, as the winner probably shoots up near the top of the XFC’s 155 pound rankings. O’Grady versus Reynolds will air LIVE on AXS TV in the evenings Feature Bout.
You only get one shot at a first impression, so, when Michigan’s own Dom O’Grady (15-5) decided he would introduce himself to the XFC, and it’s legion of fans, he planned to make an impression they won’t soon forget; by knocking off company man Eric Reynolds. O’Grady is a true veteran of the sport. With a professional career dating back to 2007, O’Grady has been competing domestically and internationally for over six years. Between 2010 and 2012, O’Grady fought eight times for King of the Cage, with an unprecedented six of those eight bouts for promotional titles. From September to December of 2010, Dom held both the Lightweight and Welterweight KOTC title belts simultaneously. In 2012, he put together back to back wins for Bellator, before deciding it was time to recharge his batteries and take some much-needed time off. With his sights now set on the XFC, O’Grady looks to parlay his experiences into another title run, this time with the long running AXS promotion.
Plain and simple, Eric Reynolds (18-6) wants another shot at the XFC Lightweight title, and a win over MMA veteran Dom “O’Grady just might be what puts him back in that position. At last year’s Night of Champions II, Reynolds was favored to win his first XFC title when he faced Nick Newell in the evenings Main Event. In front of a stunned Nashville crowd, Newell was not only able to strip Reynolds’ title hopes away from him, but he did it before he was able to even break a sweat. A shocked Reynolds returned home to Florida to put the pieces of his shattered dream back together, and after six months off, a refocused Eric Reynolds emerged at XFC 24, in Tampa, when he easily handed Kevin Forant the first loss of his career. Even though the win over the undefeated Forant put him back on the Lightweight map, Reynolds knows that it’s going to take another impressive win before he can truly put himself back in title talks. With an 88% finish rate, Reynolds will look to impress XFC President John Prisco once again to earn another shot at glory.
“The fact that Dom O’Grady versus Eric Reynolds is only our feature bout of the evening, just shows how good this fight card really is”, said XFC Matchmaker and President John Prisco. “This matchup would be headlining and carrying most other shows. This is a legit, Main Event caliber fight. They are both seasoned veterans who are still competing at the highest level, and I simply can’t wait to watch this fight go down. I could sit and talk about strategy, and possible game plans each fighter should implement, but the honest truth is, they have forty-five professional fights between them; this is the type of fight you don’t try to analyze so much, you just sit back and enjoy it as a fight fan. We all know what Reynolds wants. He wants another shot at the XFC Lightweight title, and with a win against a guy like Dom O’Grady, he will have re-instated his case as to why would I should be looking at him in the near future. We will just wait and see how this thing shakes out.”
Xtreme Fighting Championships invades the Great Lakes State on December 13, 2013 for XFC 27: Frozen Fury. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and it will be broadcast Live on AXS TV from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan, beginning at 8pm CT/9 pm ET. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.XFCMMA.com or www.beafantickets.com. For daily updates and news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter .