Horodecki, Smith, Laprise, Boyle to Use Xcessive Force in Grande Prairie
Top MMA News has learned that Chris Horodecki and Tim ‘Shady’ Smith will headline Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 2 in Grande Prairie, Alberta on July 27. The fight will be for the newly minted XFFC Lightweight title.
Also announced for the XFFC 2 card is a second Lightweight bout between Derek Boyle and Chad Laprise in a fight that is good enough to be a title fight. Tyler Davis and Michael Karkula are also scheduled for the event against opponents who have yet to be announced.
Chris Horodecki (18-4) will make his first appearance in Alberta since defeating Danny Downes at WEC 49 in Edmonton in 2010. Horodecki, who has also fought for the IFL, has faced impressive list of fighters including Bart Palaszewski, Donald Cerrone, Ed Ratcliff, and Anthony Njoukuani over an eight year career. ‘The Polish Hammer’ comes into the fight on the heels of a No Contest decision with Brad Cardinal and has not recorded a victory since 2011. Horodecki has most recently fought at Featherweight but will make the jump back to Lightweight to face Tim ‘Shady’ Smith.
Tim Smith (13-7) is the Unified MMA Lightweight champion and will be looking to collect a second belt with a win over his toughest opponent to date. Smith finished Merrick Duggan at Unified MMA 15 in his most recent bout in March 2013 and is coming into the XFFC fight full of confidence riding a two fight win streak.
Travelling to Grande Prairie with Horodecki will be his Adrenaline Training Center teammate Chad Laprise (6-0). Laprise is riding high with six consecutive victories in his three year career. Most recently, Laprise won two bouts at Bellator MMA against former Olympic wrestler Ainsley Robinson and Josh Taveirne.
Trying to stop the Laprise train will be Derek Boyle (9-5). Fighting out of Progressive Fighting Academy in Lethbridge and Jackson’s MMA in New Mexico, Boyle is an experienced fighter who once again is charged with stopping an undefeated rising prospect. He previously failed that duty when he faced a 4-0 Jason Saggo, but was equal to the task when he smashed the 5-0 Dan Ring into the ranks of the beaten in 20 seconds at MFC 34. Boyle is on a two fight win streak coming into this fight.
More fights are scheduled to be announced including a rumoured Bantamweight title fight against Tyler Davis and a bout with Michael Karkula at Featherweight.