X-1: New Beginnings on Maui

February 26th, 2009

Maui MMA fans are in for a treat tomorrow night as X-1 presents New Beginnings at War Memorial Stadium, featuring Niko Vitale and a matchup of arguably the two best heavyweight fighters in Hawaii.

UFC veteran Scott Junk will face Maui boy Lolohea Mahe in a huge heavyweight fight that will not only earn the winner a shot at heavyweight champion Ron Waterman in X-1, but will open the door to some big fights in big-time organizations in the future.

Junk, who lost in his only UFC fight against Christian Wellisch, is fully healed from a torn ACL that he suffered two days before being asked to fight in the UFC. According to Junk, he took the fight anyway, but his knee gave him problems when he couldn’t tape it for the fight.

“Just before the fight, the commission said we couldn’t use tape, so they gave me this rubber brace that didn’t do anything,” Junk said. “You can see on the tape my knee blow out after I caught him against the fence and he was able to get me in a heel hook.”

Mahe will be on the fast track toward getting his opportunity in the UFC with a win, while Junk is looking to get back there and be healthy for a fight to show just what he can do.

In the main event, Niko Vitale is putting his X-1 middleweight title on the line against Jon Kirk of Houston, Tex. Vitale, who recently restructured his contratct with StrikeForce, is looking to get a win to setup some big opportunities with the company that recently purchased EliteXC.

Vitale had some interesting things to say. From what he’s heard, StrikeForce plans to keep the StrikeForce and EliteXC organizations separate. He reiterated what I’ve always been told, that StrikeForce does want to do a fight in Hawaii. When asked about possible opponents he’d like to fight, he mentioned wanting to avenge some of the loses in his career. First on that list? Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

The undercard to tomorrow night’s fight is full of great matchups. Michael Brightmon will drop down to 155 to fight for the state title against Dominic Ahnee, and Justin Mercado will face Bandon Visher for the 145-pound state title. Rounding out the bouts is a 135 state title fight between Brysen Hansen and Mike Pedro, and Koa Ramos gets back in the ring against Jason Daquel.

Lucky you live Maui Friday night.

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