X-TREME FIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
In 1998, Dangerzone III brought Mixed Martial Arts to
Ft. Smith, AR. At that time it was illegal to have
professional MMA fights in the state of Arkansas. All
fighters had to be amateur or fight in an exhibition
fight to be able to participate in a MMA show. On
Saturday night, at the Ft. Smith convention center,
Berry and Candi Productions brought us X-TREME FIGHT
CHAMPIONSHIP. This show featured Pro MMA fighters who
competed for their shot toward $25,000. The card
consisted of fifteen fights with six of those fights,
title fights with a purse of $1000 each.
Berry Cooper and Steve Bearden, the promoters for XFC,
have come up with this four state competition and a
total of $150,000 to be split between each of the six
title holders, ($25,000 each). XFC has already had a
couple shows in Texas and have still to compete in
both Oklahoma and Louisiana to complete the four state
Berry and Steve did an excellent job putting the show
together. XFC was the largest MMA show in our area
thus far, and has done a lot to further the sport.
The convention center had a great setup as far as
seating, no matter where you sat, you had a great
seat. There was plenty of room to move about while
out of the seats and you could see the fighters
milling around as well. The large crowd was extremely
excited and made sure the fighters knew it. It was
loud but even though there was alcohol being served,
it didn't get rowdy. I didn't see any fights other
than those in the cage. From what I could tell it was
a great time had by all.
The fighters were well taken care of. Days Inn
provided rooms for the fighters and their friends and
family. The fighters had several public appearances
at local businesses for the fans and a "Meet and
Greet" at the Area 51 Club the day before the show.
At the show, the backstage area was extremely large,
each of the fighters had room to warm up without
interfering with any other fighter. I have been to
shows in the past where you had a small corner to
yourself if you were lucky. Berry and Steve made sure
the fighters were comfortable and had their own space.
I want to thank Steve and Berry for the opportunity to
get ringside so I could take pictures and see the
action up close and personal. They were also kind
enough to give both me and my husband VIP passes so
that we could get backstage to talk to the fighters.
There was an after fight party at the Area 51 club
where anyone with a ticket stuff from the show could
gain access for free. It was a really great show with
awesome fights, and I can't wait for the next XFC to
get here. If you think you got the stuff and want
your share of that $150,000; go to: X-treme Fight
Championship. Excellent job both Berry and Steve!
Written By: Sharell Toon