XFC 11 results: Micah Miller rebounds, Kim Couture loses to MMA rookie

Mike Bernhard added the first blemish to XFC fighter Julio Gallegos' so far spotless fight record in the U.S. The trouble started for Gallegos when Bernhard picked up his feet and had him upside down in an effort to get him down to the mat. Gallegos reached the point of no return once he gave up his back and Bernhard mounted him. With no effective means to defend himself Gallegos had to endure a vicious dose of ground and pound by Bernhard until the referee stopped the fight at 3:56 in round one and awarded Bernhard the win via TKO.

Watch the Bernhard vs. Gallegos fight video below:

The debuting Ian Stephens who earned a spot on this card by winning the XFC Fighter Tryouts in Tenn. earlier this year took on Ryan Quinn, the winner of the XFC Fighter Tryouts held at American Top Team in Danbury, Conn. Both young fighters went toe to toe for three hard-fought and grueling rounds. In spite of Quinn's experience Stephens dominated and subsequently earned the win via unanimous decision.

Proving once again that Gracie Tampa produces highly-skilled MMA fighters, Alex Poulson impressed in his professional debut against Jake Albinio with the fastest submission of the night. In spite of Poulsen's height advantage his game plan clearly focused on getting Albinio to the ground early so he could put his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu skills to good use. But once the two young fighters hit the mat it looked like Albinio had the upper hand with his side control position which allowed him to feed Poulsen elbows. Poulsen knew what he was doing, however, as he kept maneuvering Albinio into full guard where he eventually locked him into an arm bar. Albinio had no choice but to tap out at 1:43 in round one.

In the only double debut of the evening, XFC fighter Avery McPhatter faced Khayrullo Kokiev. This bout was a classic example for why fighters should never leave the outcome of the bout in the hands of the judges as it resulted in a split decision win for Kokiev after three sounds of very mixed action. It was certainly a close fight that was no doubt hard to call.

South African MMA fighter Jeremy "The Pitbull" Smith booked his return trip to the U.S. with his win against Dustin Rhodes. Smith followed his game plan to a 'T' and kept the fight in stand up despite Rhodes' takedown efforts. It also became clear how Smith had earned his nickname: with the stubborness and determination of a pitbull Smith kept charging after Rhodes and dishing out lethal shots and kicks, no matter how hard Rhodes tried to keep him at bay or take him down to the mat. In round two Rhodes suffered a massive hematoma next to his left eye that made him look like the infamous Elephant Man. Nevertheless, the ring side physician allowed him to continue the fight. But not long after that Rhodes defensive resources were depleted and he was barely able to protect himself from the onslaught of destructive punches Smith was dishing out. The referee finally took mercy on Rhodes and stopped the fight at 1:35 in round two.

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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:

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