A couple of notes before we begin:
The title fight between Greg Rebello and Parnell Lewis in the Heavyweight ranks during CES 59 did not take place as scheduled last Friday.
Rebello withdrew from the card prior to the event, hence the postponement.
Secondly, the schedule for the remainder of 2019 for Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting has already been set, with Warrior Wednesday 9 taking place on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 28.
Due to Christmas falling on a Wednesday this year, Warrior Wednesday 10 is scheduled for Dec. 18 to close out the year.
This week is a big week for the sport of mixed martial arts, thanks to cards on four straight nights.
It all begins this Wednesday night in Southgate, MI with a pre-Halloween treat from Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting.
The promotion returns to UFC Fight Pass with WXC- Warrior Wednesday 8, also known as WXC 83.
Action will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT on the Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting Facebook page before going over to UFC Fight Pass at 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT for the rest of the show.
In total, Warrior Wednesday 8 will feature eight MMA fights from Crystal Gardens in Southgate, with six of them being professional contests.
Highlighting the evening will be a battle for the WXC’s vacant Flyweight championship between two veterans of the sport’s major promotions.
Jesse Bazzi (11-6) will face off against Eric Shelton (12-6) in the five-round contest.
Prior to his current stint in WXC, Jesse Bazzi fought in Bellator MMA during Bellator 221 back in May, winning by unanimous decision against Joey Diehl.
Before Eric Shelton called WXC home, he fought in the UFC from 2017 until March of this year, being cut from the promotion after his Mar. 23 loss to Jordan Espinosa in UFC on ESPN+ 6 in Nashville.
Heading into the Flyweight title fight on Wednesday, Jesse Bazzi is the taller competitor, standing at 5-foot-8, two inches taller than Eric Shelton’s 5-foot-6 frame.
Bazzi has gone 3-2 in his last five MMA appearances and enters the main event on a two-fight winning streak.
Most recently, he scored a second-round submission victory by way of guillotine choke vs. Josh Smith on Aug. 28 during WXC- Warrior Wednesday 4 in his first WXC fight since 2017.
In the other corner, Shelton has posted a 2-3 mark in his last five fights, most recently losing to Jordan Espinosa in the aforementioned UFC on ESPN+ 6 card in Nashville.
Wednesday’s contest marks Shelton’s WXC debut.
The Tale of the Tape:
As per Tapology, Jesse Bazzi has a half-inch reach advantage (68.5 inches to 68 inches even) heading into this fight.
Prediction: Jesse Bazzi by unanimous decision.
Other professional fights on Wednesday’s main card:
Jarred Brooks (14-2) vs. Victor Altamirano (6-0) [Flyweight, co-main event]
TJ Riegel (3-0) vs. Chris Brown (4-1) [Lightweight]
Will Frost (debut) vs. Francisco Muniz (1-1) [Lightweight]
Darnell White Jr. (debut) vs. Bryan Scott (debut) [Bantamweight]
Kory Wertz (2-0) vs. Brandon Noble (9-6) [Lightweight]
WXC- Warrior Wednesday 8 at a Glance:
Early fights: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. EDT, 3:30 p.m. PDT, WXC Facebook page
Main card: Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT, 5 p.m. PDT
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