XFC was a promotion on the rise, on the back of Nick Newell's triumphant success story. Newell was scheduled to fight Scott Holtzman on the card right up until it turned out that the fight had never actually been signed or agreed to. The fallout saw Newell leave for the World Series of fighting, and journeyman John Mahlow step in to fill Newell's shoes.
John "The Mulatto Mauler" Mahlow is 13-13 in his career coming off a recent loss to the "Krazy Horse" Charles Bennett. He's fought a who's who of mid-tier lightweights and while he has had limited success against them, he represents a serious step up for Holtzman.
For undefeated prospect Scott "Hot Sauce" Holtzman, this will easily be the toughest test of his career. He's 4-0 coming off a win over Jason Hicks at XFC 22.
The six fight main card airs live on AXS TV starting at 9pm Eastern, 6 Pacific. The undercard won't be televised, but features recent UFC release John Cofer. You can check out the complete lineup here:
Scott Holtzman vs. John Mahlow (for the vacant XFC Lightweight title)
Reggie Pena vs. Ricky Rainey
Dave Courchaine vs. Luis Santos
Kevin Forant vs. Eric Reynolds
Cortney Casey vs. Kelly Warren
Shah Bobonis vs. Jason Hicks
John Cofer vs. Chad Livingston
Ladarious Jackson vs. Nick Smith
Matt Ferraiolo vs. Gabe Maldonado
Ken Crowder vs. Jason Ignacek
Gilbert Burgos vs. Jason Gladey
Theo Idleburg vs. Billy Quarantillo