Via XFC Press Release:
What’s better than two highly skilled women climbing in a cage and throwing down for a national television audience? How about FOUR highly skilled women climbing in a cage and throwing down for a national television audience! Not only will the women be headlining the XFC’s first trip west, the promotion is pleased to announce the addition of Stephanie Skinner and Angelica Chavez, in XFC 25′s Feature Bout. The aptly named Boiling Point takes place LIVE on AXS TV, from the Albuquerque Convention Center, in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 6th.
In 2010, Stephanie “The Scrapper” Skinner (2-4) started her professional career with an unfortunate three consecutive losses. Never a quitter, “The Scrapper” took a step back from competition and spent the next two years training for a second run at mixed martial arts. Skinner’s decision to concentrate on the gym, instead of the cage, paid off. In 2012, she re-entered the game and found herself winning two of her last three bouts; both vicious TKO victories. Skinner now looks to ride her momentum into Albuquerque, New Mexico when she meets hometown favorite Angelica Chavez, at XFC 25.
“South Valley’s Own” Angelica Chavez (4-2) is not only one of Albuquerque’s most beloved fighters, she is arguably one of New Mexico’s most successful martial artists. In contrast to Skinner’s journey through the sport, Chavez started her career enjoying four impressive and consecutive wins, but now finds herself on a two fight losing skid. A life long student, Angelica has spent the last year in the Chavez family Dojo, sharpening her skills and looking to start another long win streak. “South Valley’s Own” couldn’t think of a better place to start that streak, than on national television in front of her hometown crowd.
“This is a fight we have been trying to make happen for a while now”, said XFC President John Prisco. “These girls were going to meet up at XFC 23 in Kentucky, but Angelica got injured during training. Now, when the opportunity for us to travel west presented itself, it lined up perfectly to treat the fans of New Mexico with this one. The Atomweight Division houses a fun, fast paced group of fighters, and we are excited about adding them to the promotion. Both these girls are exciting and dangerous, but their styles couldn’t be more different. Stephanie is either going to have to come out guns blazing and look for the early knockout, or use a stick and move strategy and try and rack up points and take Chavez to a decision. Angelica is probably going to look to get this to the ground quick. Her submissions have got to have Stephanie worried about this fight hitting the canvas.”