XFC 11 at the St. Pete Times Forum features "next generation" of MMA fighters

The Tampa-based mixed martial arts promotion, Xtreme Fighting Championships, returns to the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa July 9 with The Next Generation of XFC fighters on a 10-bout card that is loaded with impressive MMA talent from around the U.S. and even South Africa.

In accordance with the event theme, six of the 20 fighters who are scheduled to square off in the XFC cage in three weeks earned their spots on this card by winning XFC Fighter Tryouts at various locations: Chris Barnett (4-0), Julio Gallegos (4-0), Julien Williams (1-1), Ian Stephens (pro debut), Ryan Quinn (3-1) and Marianna Kheyfets (pro debut).

Proving themselves in front of a local audience while making their national television debut on HD Net during the live broadcast of the fights turns this opportunity into the chance of a lifetime for them, which in turn will no doubt result in exciting performances.

One international fighter, Jeremy "The Pitbull" Smith, will make his way to Tampa all the way from South Africa after winning the affiliate promotion's XFC Africa Fighter Tryouts and emerging victorious from his pro debut. In his U.S. debut he will take on Victor O'Donnell from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Watch the event video preview after the break.