Changes Hit XMMA 7 Main Card


Jon Koppenhaver. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Quebec-based XMMA promotion has announced a pair of changes to its upcoming “Inferno” event, which is slated to take place on February 7 at the Cepsum Center on the campus of the University of Montreal. Headliners Phil Baroni and Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos have been forced off the card after suffering separate injuries during recent training sessions.

Baroni, who was set to take on rising welterweight prospect Guillaume de Lorenzi, will now be replaced by former “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jon “War Machine” Koppenhaver, who has been mentioned in the media quite frequently over the past weeks due to his release from Bellator Fighting Championships’ project with ESPN Deportes after he directed controversial comments towards newly-elected United States President Barack Obama.

Koppenhaver last competed at a Desert Rage event in November of last year, where he scored a first-round knockout of David Anderson. Following his time on “TUF”, Koppenhaver racked up a 1-1 record in the UFC before his departure, earning a third-round TKO of cast mate Jared Rollins and falling to Japanese veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

A shoulder injury suffered by Santos will only apparently sideline the Brazilian for a couple of weeks and she remains confident that she will be able to appear on Strikeforce’s next scheduled show on April 11. Marloes Coenen, whom Santos was scheduled to fight, remains without an opponent.

XMMA 7 will also feature a pair of title fights as Kajan Johnson will challenge Steve Claveau for the XMMA lightweight belt and Martin Desilets will face Todd Gouwenberg with the XMMA light heavyweight strap on the line.

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