On December 13th, from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan, XFC fans will see the return of “Insane” Dave Courchaine, when he takes on 4x Strikeforce vet Alex “Spider” Trevino, LIVE on “your home for MMA”, AXS TV. The Lightweight matchup is slated as the second televised fight of the evening, but it is quickly gaining momentum as a possible fight of the night candidate.
Alex “Spider” Trevino (5-3) is no stranger to big show opportunities. After winning his pro debut in May of 2008, Trevino spent the next 15 months fighting for the San Jose based Strikeforce promotion, seen around the world on Showtime. Trevino went a respectable 3-1 with the now defunct company, but was never able to parlay those big show fights, into bigger opportunities. The “Spider” is now looking to make his mark on AXS TV, at the expense of 15-6 Dave Courchaine, when the two meet at XFC 27. The Michigan fighter will use his well-balanced fight style to try to improve on his already impressive finish rate of 80%, as Trevino has only listened to judges score cards once in his five wins. The combination of his immense popularity in The Great Lakes State, and a win over Courchaine, could be the spark Trevino needs to catapult his name into XFC title contention and on the front page of major media outlets.
“Insane” Dave Courchaine (15-6) wanted to make an immediate impact when he signed his long-term deal with the XFC earlier this year, so what did he do; he tried to knock off the promotion’s top dog. In his XFC debut, Courchaine accepted the unimaginable task of stopping the red-hot Brazilian, Luis “Sapo” Santos. Unfortunately, Courchaine’s journey to the top hit a speed bump at XFC 24, when he fell to Santos in just ten seconds of the first round. The shocking results of the Santos fight, however, did not slow Courchaine down. The Spokane, Washington fighter woke up the next morning and decided that maybe his road to an XFC title simply required going a different direction. With aspirations of a future meeting with Lightweight champ Scott Holtzman, Courchaine is making the drop back to 155 pounds, but realizes he will need to earn his shot by climbing the divisional ladder one rung at a time. The first step to the belt is to get past the hungry Alex Trevino, a man also looking to raise his Lightweight stock at Frozen Fury. The heavy hitting Courchaine has nine wins by knockout and will look to pressure Trevino early, but, with four submissions under his belt, Trevino will have to also be cautious about taking the fight to the ground.
An excited John Prisco went on record as saying: “I am really intrigued with this fight. Both these guys are exciting to watch and they fight to please the crowd. I signed Courchaine to compete as a Welterweight, but I am ecstatic about also having him as an option at 155. I thought his days of fighting at that weight were behind him, but after his fight with Sapo in Tampa, he told me he wanted to drop back down to Lightweight. As soon as he said that, my mind immediately raced with potential match ups at 155. If his cut to 55 is good, and he shows no side effects from it, Dave Courchaine will be a scary guy in that division. Alex Trevino, though, is a very well-rounded fighter and he will have some advantages in this fight. It’s fair to say he is the more natural Lightweight of the two, and he will be more comfortable competing at 155. I see him trying to push the fight into the late rounds to see if Courchaine has any endurance and cardio left after the cut. If he doesn’t, that’s when you will see Trevino turn it up and go for the finish.”
Xtreme Fighting Championships invades the Great Lakes State on December 13, 2013 for XFC 27: Frozen Fury. The event is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and it will be broadcast Live on AXS TV from the L.C. Walker Arena in Muskegon, Michigan, beginning at 8pm CT/9 pm ET. For more information on the event visit XFCMMA.com and to purchase tickets visit beafantickets.com. For daily updates and news, follow us on Facebook and Twitter @OfficialXFC