In a press release issued Tuesday, the promotion announced XFC 43 is officially set for Nov. 11 at The Tabernacle in Atlanta. In addition to signifying the promotion’s relaunch, the event also marks the first show XFC will hold on NBC Sports Network.
Atop the billing, former UFC bantamweight and former CES bantamweight champion Andre Soukhamthath will take on former XFC featherweight champion Guilherme Faria in a 145-pound main event.
In the co-main event, women’s MMA pioneer Jessica Aguilar (20-8) returns to action for the first time since her UFC departure. She’ll take on fellow ex-UFC fighter Danielle Taylor (10-5) at strawweight.
“This card is stacked from prelim No. 1 through the main event,” XFC president Myron Molotky wrote in the release. “The XFC business model will be on full display throughout the night. The XFC YoungGuns, 155 and 170 XFC Men’s Tournament, and the XFC SuperFight Series will give fans worldwide a front seat view of the next generation of champions. Every fighter on this card knows what is expected as soon as the hexagon doors close. Let’s go!”
Soukhamthath (13-8) has not competed since his UFC departure in late 2019. His pink slip came after losing five of seven promotional appearances. Eleven of Soukhamthath’s 13 pro victories have come inside the distance.
Faria (16-8) has competed largely in Brazil. He’s only fought four times since 2015, losing three of those fights to Jason Soares, Jamall Emmers, and Elismar Lima.
XFC events are set to be split into three separate series: “Young Guns” (for up-and-coming talent), “Tournament Series” (bracket-format competition culminating in the crowning of a champion), and “Super Fights” (matchups featuring their biggest-name talent).
NBCSN will air the first event of the deal, XFC 43, on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with the final two hours of the card set to be shown live beginning at 9 p.m. ET.