As six up-and-coming mixed martial arts fighters were pitched against MMA veterans on the XFC 11: The Next Generation fight card at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa July 9 some careers took off while others possibly came to a screeching halt.
Former WEC fighter Micah Miller was able to get back on the winning trail with his impressive knockout of Bruce Connors at 2:01 in round one of the main event. XFC President John Prisco subsequently awarded him KO of the Night honors.
Watch the Connors vs. Miller fight video below:
MMA veteran and former wife of MMA legend Randy Couture, Kim Couture, was not able to use her star power against the debuting Marianna Kheyfets in the co-main event of the evening. After two minutes of trading kicks and punches Kheyfets landed a powerful shot that knocked Couture down, but not out. Kheyfets did not waste any time and immediately followed up with ground and pound. In an effort to get out of Kheyfets' line of fire Couture only ended up digging her own grave and suddenly found herself locked into a tight triangle choke. With no means of escape and clearly out of air Couture had to tap out at 3:06 in round one. Kheyfets earned double honors for her dominating performance by being awarded Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night. Prisco also guaranteed her a spot on another XFC card in the future.
Watch the Couture vs. Kheyfets fight video below: