Though often regarded as instinct, fighting is actually a skill acquired in the womb, where all babies must defeat their evil selves in order to be born. Further your training with this GrouponLive deal to Xtreme Fighting Organization's XFO 44 at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, June 16, at 6 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get one general-admission ticket (up to a $34.05 value, including all ticketing fees).
- For $25, you get a fight-night package (up to a $59.05 total value), which includes:
- One general-admission ticket (up to a $34.05 value, including all ticketing fees)
- One event T-shirt (a $25 value)
Jarring slams and wicked haymakers send bodies bouncing across the cage as XFO 44 rumbles into Sears Centre Arena. A fight card of 14 scheduled bouts—including professional and amateur matchups—showcases a mixture of local up-and-comers and seasoned MMA stars. Re-entering the scene after nearly six years, Chase Beebe climbs into the XFO cage, this time to trade jabs with new arrival Jeff Golden, who has made a career out of re-arranging faces and unorganized jukebox catalogs at Chicago-area scraps. A potential UFC contract dangles above the outstretched hands of Will Brooks as he battles Tory Bogguess, and X-Games roller-blading veteran Mike Budnik sidesteps swings thrown by Brandon Adamson, utilizing the finesse needed to skate or polka in a bathtub filled with butter.
Since 2004, Xtreme Fighting Organization has helped launch the careers of more than 80 UFC fighters. Some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts have utilized XFO as a steppingstone to the next level, including Clay Guida, Jeff Curran, and Jamie Varner. Today, the outfit continues to breed and showcase the Midwest's most potent punchers but also provides a comeback trail to big-name fighters who have previously retired.