Saturday, 1 December 2012
Richardson vs. Card Signed For XFC 21
Jarrod Card started off in the XFC a perfect 2-0 and was at one time the promotions Featherweight champion. After a short stint at Bantamweight, Card has returned to a more natural weight of 145 pounds and is ready to return to his winning ways after suffering a knockout loss to Marlon Moraes at XFC 17.
Keith Richardson is on a 2 fight win streak going into December and could use an additional win to get his name into the mix of top contenders for a possible 2013 Featherweight Title shot. He will be the better wrestler and will likely have a slight strength advantage over Card, when the two face off. Richardson will need to be careful in a fight against a veteran like Card, who will have the upper hand in grappling and striking. According to Card’s Facebook page he believes he will “have a few wildcards up his sleeve” to put Richardson away.
XFC President John Prisco announced the replacement to media officials, and was pleased to have veteran Jarrod Card able to step in and give Richardson a real test. “I like the new fight as much, if not more than the original. I think Richardson will be the better wrestler and that’s going to allow him to take the fight where he feels most comfortable,” said Prisco, “I just don’t know where that will be. Jarrod has better jiu-jitsu and stand up, and he is the more experienced fighter.”
The Featherweight matchup between Jarrod Card versus Keith Richardson will be the opening bout on the AXStv live portion of XFC 21: Night of Champions II, presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and Throat Punch Ind. Apparel. The event takes place December 7 from the Nashville Municipal Auditorium and also features the Lightweight Championship fight between Nick Newell and Eric Reynolds.