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Super heavyweight Brandon Sayles will put his undefeated streak on the line against UFC veteran Chase Gormley at XFC 16: ‘High Stakes’ Feb. 10th live on HDNet. With almost 600 pounds in the XFC cage at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum this will be the MMA equivalent to Godzilla vs. Mothra.
Staff Sgt. Brandon Sayles improved his record to 3-0 at XFC ‘Tribute’ with an impressive win over K-1 veteran, Imani Lee. The three-time Army Combatives champion dominated Lee on his feet before taking him down and forcing the ref stoppage with ferocious ground and pound in the first round.
The 6’5 Hawaiian now turns his attention to Chase Gormley and is confident he will leave Knoxville with his fourth straight win. “I’m very excited about the fight with Gormley,” said Sayles. “I know he is a really good wrestler and he’s fought the best in the world. Those are the kind of guys I want to face when I step in the cage. If the fight stays standing I’m confident I can knock him out but if it goes to the ground I’m pretty sure you will see another TKO by ground and pound.”
But Sayles will have his work cut out for him when he steps into the cage with Gormley. The L.A. native is a former NAIA All-American Wrestler with heavy hands and slick submissions. Gormley actually holds the Cage of Fire record for fastest knockout in the promotion’s history. He ended Adolfo de la Torre’s night in 11 seconds at Cage of Fire 9.
According to XFC President John Prisco, “Sayles vs. Gormley is going to be a fun fight for the fans in Knoxville and those watching on HDNet. I’ve had my eye on Brandon since he began his career in MMA and he has really transformed from a big raw athlete into a very well rounded mixed martial artist. If you saw his fight at ‘Tribute’ he dominated Imani Lee standing. And Imani is a legit boxer and has also competed for K-1. I think Brandon has a lot of potential and will do great things in the sport but he’s going to be tested at ‘High Stakes’. Chase Gormley has really good wrestling and has heavy hands. If Brandon takes him lightly he’s going to wake up wondering why the ref is standing over him. I’m interested to see how Brandon handles himself against a very well rounded veteran like Gormley.”
XFC 16 : High Stakes is sponsored by Sheets Energy Strips & Overthrow Gear and will air live on HDnet from the Knoxville Civic Coliseum in Knoxville, TN on February 10th, 2012. Tickets are on sale now through KnoxvilleTickets.com. To learn more about the XFC, please visit www.officialxfc.com, “Like” them on Facebook, and “Follow” the promotion on Twitter (@officialxfc).