Legends

XFO Hall of Fame

The X-Treme Fighting Organization (XFO MMA) is proud to announce the organization of a “Hall of Fame” to be known as “XFO Legends”.At XFO Outdoor War 9 (August l0, 2013 at Sideout's in Island Lake, IL), XFO MMA will be inducting 4 former fighters into the newly formed “XFO Legends” Hall of Fame with a ceremony and trophy presentation. These four men helped build the XFO into one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the country today and their names will always be synonymous with Chicago MMA and the XFO.

 

Jeff Curran was one of the original founders of the XFO in 2004 and has competed for the organization seven times in his illustrious career which has taken Jeff around the globe as a fighter and ambassador for the sport; including stints in the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and Pride.  No longer involved with the XFO from a business standpoint, Jeff is continuing his career as a fighter and coach; training some of the sport’s top prospects out of his world renowned gym in Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Jeff has just finished rehabbing surgery on both of his hands; necessary after years of fighting and training.  His next fight will be on May 3rd at Extreme Challenge in Bentendorf, Iowa against Josh Killion (7-3).  A number of Jeff’s students fight for the XFO and he can always be found around any and all XFO related events.

 

Clay “The Carpenter” Guida is one of the most popular fighters in Mixed Martial Arts today and is currently in the hunt for his first UFC Championship Belt as the number 8 ranked 145 pound fighter in the world.  This 7 time XFO Veteran helped put Chicago MMA on the map and build the stellar reputation of the XFO along the way.  The Johnsburg, Illinois native currently trains in New Mexico but can still be found around the Chicagoland area at his gym, Clay Guida’s MMA Stop in Crest Hill, Midwest Training Center in Schaumburg and as an assistant coach at Montini High School in Lombard, Illinois.  Clay was scheduled to face the number 1 contender, Chad Mendes on April 20th at UFC on FOX 7 but was forced to withdraw due to injury. He's currently awaiting his next fight announcement.  Clay still supports the XFO and is in attendance at many events supporting his MMA Stop and MTC fighters.

 

Bart Palaszewski immigrated from Poland with his family at a very young age and was introduced to the sport of MMA when he attended an event in McHenry, Illinois in 2001.  Since that moment, Bart has been a staple in the Chicago MMA community, having fought around the world for the IFL, WEC and UFC as well as 8 professional fights for the XFO.  Bart is one of the most popular fighters in the UFC earning “Fight of the Night” and “Knockout of the Night” awards in 2 of his last 3 fights and has been ranked as high as the number 3 in the world at 145 pounds.  Bart is scheduled to face UFC Fighter Cole Miller on April 13th in Las Vegas at the Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on Spike TV.  Still an enormous supporter of the XFO, Bart can be found at most XFO event cheering on his Team Curran teammates.

 

Pat Curran was a standout High School wrestler in Florida and decided to visit Chicago during the summer of 2007 to train Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with his cousin and 2nd degree BJJ Blackbelt, Jeff Curran.  It was during this summer of training that Curran decided to pursue mixed martial arts as a career and quickly made a name for himself fighting for the XFO 9 times from February of 2008 until December of 2009.  An accomplished local fighter, Pat was offered a spot in the Bellator 155 pound tournament and the chance of fighting for the championship belt with a tournament victory.  Pat sent shockwaves through the MMA community with huge wins over Mike Ricci, former XFO veteran, Roger Huerta and Toby Imada en route to being crowned the tournament champion.  After a tough decision loss to the legendary Eddie Alvarez, Pat decided to test his worth at his more natural weight of 145 pounds and entered the Bellator 145 pound tournament in the Summer of 2011.  After making quick work of fighters Luis Palomino (submission) and Ronnie Mann (unanimous decision), Pat shocked the world once again by knocking out feared Brazilian fighter Marlon Sandro in the 2nd round to win his second consecutive Bellator tournament.  Next up was his 145 pound Title Fight with the self proclaimed “baddest man on the planet” Joe Warren.  Early in the 3rd round the fight was stopped by the referee after dozens of punches, kicks, knees and elbows rendered Warren unconscious.  Pat Curran had won the 145 pound Bellator World Championship, the first world title for Team Curran MMA.  After defending his title against Patricio “Pit Bull” Freire and Shabulat Shamhalaev earlier this year, Pat is currently the number 2 ranked 145 pound fighter on the planet and is preparing to defend his title once again later this year.

 

These four men have been instrumental in building the XFO as one of the premier mixed martial arts organizations in the Midwest and one of the longest running promotions in the country.  The XFO will continue to induct former fighters into the XFO Legends Hall of Fame annually and will be based on MMA Journalist and Fan voting.