Xtreme Fighting Championships announced today the signing of Tampa, Florida Featherweight and XFC/Bellator veteran Troy Gerhart. Gerhart will join the XFC’s exciting 145 pound division, as the company continues to deepen its roster in 2014. The XFC recently crowned a new Featherweight Champion when Deivison Ribeiro defeated Frank Sharipov at XFC 27 earlier this month, and Gerhart’s record and history with the company certainly puts him in the title mix.
Troy Gerhart (6-2) has been fighting professionally since 2007. The former high school and college wrestler started his career with an impressive 5-0 record; four of which ended by way of knockout. Although his base is grappling, Gerhart grew up a fan of the sweet science and has never backed down from mixing it up in the center of the cage. His fan friendly style of combat has made him one of the most exciting fighters in the State of Florida over the last six years. After back to back losses in 2009 and 2010, Gerhart took a three year hiatus from mixed martial arts. During his time off, Gerhart focused on training and organizing his personal life, in order to make the commitment needed for another run in the sport. Troy returned to action in November of this 2013, looking like a focused man on a mission. He stopped Chris Thorne by knockout in just 2:45 of round number one, and immediately caught the attention of XFC President John Prisco. With a new lease on his professional life, Gerhart looks to make an impact on the company’s 145 pound division in 2014.
Gerhardt had this to say about his new home: “Man, this is a good feeling. It’s such a weight off my shoulders to know I can concentrate on my training and not have to worry about where my next fight is coming from. The XFC has grown so much since I fought for them in 2008, and right now the Featherweight division is the toughest one in the company. It’s full of potential fights that can further my career. I can’t wait to get started!”
Troy Gerhart contract signing XFC President John Prisco added, “Troy has fought at Lightweight for us in the past. He’s now going to drop to Featherweight and honestly, he’s more focused now than ever before in his career. He has everything it takes to be a future XFC Champion. Troy is going to be a beast in this weight class and I for one can’t wait to see him make his debut.”
Look for Troy Gerhart to debut in early 2014 and track his progress by following him on Facebook & Twitter “@tgerhartmma” at www.xfcmma.com.