It’s a lean week for the sport of mixed martial arts here in the United States, with no major promotions holding cards this week. That doesn’t mean, however, that there won’t be any action going on in the MMA world this week.
Thursday, UFC Fight Pass offers two live cards in the same evening. The Oklahoma based XFL (Xtreme Fighting League, not the upcoming professional football league led by Vince McMahon and Alpha Entertainment) begins the Thursday night doubleheader at 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT on Fight Pass. This is followed by M-1 Global USA’s Road to M-1 USA 2 at 11 p.m. EDT, 8 p.m. PDT.
Our focus for the moment is on the former.
XFN 357 is a lean main card as far as MMA fights are concerned, as in total, only four MMA fights are scheduled on the main card.
In the main event of the MMA portion of the card, the XFL Welterweight Championship is at stake when incumbent champion and 7-0 Matt Dixon takes on 10-3 Braden Smith. Meanwhile, also on the card is a Strawweight fight between Emily Ducote (7-5) and Katherine Roy (2-2). In addition to the MMA action, a kickboxing fight between Jarrett Rose and Brandon Phillips will also take place.
Kyle Driscoll (9-3) will also appear on the card vs. Rodney Allison (8-5), in addition to a fight between Daryl Wilson and Tyler Ingram.
XFL Welterweight Championship: Matt Dixon (7-0) vs. Braden Smith (10-3)
Contender Comparison: Heading into this week’s main draw, Braden Smith is the taller contestant in this fight, standing 6-foot-3, compared to champion Dixon’s 5-foot-10 frame.
Matt Dixon enters this fight having won all of his previous professional MMA contests, and dating back to his amateur career, has won 11 consecutive matches. Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout (punches) against Brian Grinnell in XFN 353 on Nov. 30, 2018 for the Welterweight championship.
In the other corner, Braden Smith has posted a 3-2 mark in his last five MMA fights and enters this title fight on a 2-match winning streak, including his most recent fight, a fifth-round submission win against AJ Nichols during the Mar. 1 HD MMA 16 main event.
The Tale of the Tape: Tapology shows that Braden Smith has a 78-inch reach heading into this fight, with no information given for Matt Dixon.
Prediction: Matt Dixon by first-round knockout.
XFN 357 at a Glance:
Card: Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT, 6 p.m. PDT, UFC Fight Pass
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