After successfully showcasing and developing current female MMA standouts like Felice Herrig, Carla Esparza and Sarah Maloy, the promotion is surging into 2013 with a stacked women's division filled with up-and-coming stars.
Stephanie Eggink, Angela Magana and Angelica Chavez are among the core group of female MMA prospects who may become household names in the years ahead.
XFC, which was touted by Yahoo! Sports in 2008 as "the best kept secret in MMA," has built a reputation for finding the next wave of top-tier talent in the sport, and it's new-found commitment to female MMA will undoubtedly push the promotion further into the mainstream.
"XFC President John Prisco has announced a tentative agreement between Stephanie Eggink versus newly signed Angela Magana on tap, not only as part of the announced female double header, but also in the co-main position at XFC 23," the report states. "Additionally, Angelica Chavez of the Chavez Dojo in New Mexico will make her XFC debut on the same card, with her opponent expected to be named in coming weeks. Prior to the April event, XFC fans will also see women’s MMA action in February at XFC 22, where Amateur phenom champion (now Pro) Pearl Gonzalez makes her XFC and national television debut against Suzie Montero at the Grady Cole Center in Charlotte, North Carolina."
With the addition of Eggink, Magana, Gonzalez and Chavez, XFC is shaping up to be a legitimate rival to Bellator and Invicta FC when it comes to the fight to become the premier organization for women's MMA.
Several female XFC title fights are expected to go down before the end of 2013, and the promotion is expecting to add several more female fighters to each weight class.
XFC 23, which is slated for April, will feature two female bouts that will air live on AXStv.