Xtreme Fighting League will feature two UFC veterans in its
next main event, as promotion officials recently announced that
Johnson will square off with Jake
Rosholt at Xtreme
Fight Night 9.
The event takes place Sept. 21 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Tulsa in Catoosa, Okla., and will also feature onetime Bellator
talent Levi Avera
defending his XFL welterweight title against Dylan Smith
in a rematch of their February title encounter.
The XFL middleweight title will also be up for grabs, as Andrew
Todhunter meets Brandon
Gaines for the 185-pound championship. Meanwhile, Dave McAfee
looks for his first pro victory against Oklahoman Jesse
Chaffin, and Kathina
Catron locks horns with Amber
Powell in a women’s flyweight scrap.
Johnson, 28, previously competed at welterweight and middleweight
during his time with the UFC, racking up a 7-4 Octagon record
before receiving his promotional release this past January. Known
for his difficulty in cutting weight as well as his explosive
knockout power in the cage, Johnson recently made the move to light
heavyweight, knocking out Esteves
Jones on Aug. 24 at Titan Fighting Championship 24.
Rosholt, 30, recently saw a five-fight winning streak snapped when
he was submitted with a kneebar by onetime IFL competitor Matt
Thompson on June 2. A former three-time NCAA Division I
national champion wrestler, Rosholt fought three times for the UFC
in 2009, sandwiching a third-round submission of Chris Leben
between losses to Kendall
Grove and Dan Miller.