Shah Bobonis Aiming for Top Bantamweight Ranking with XFC
Shah Bobonis has been fighting professionally in mixed martial arts since 2007 and has now seen his career come full circle. Bobonis first competed with Xtreme Fighting Championships in 2008 when the promotion was still featuring mostly Florida based fighters on its cards. Bobonis dropped a pair of fights at XFC 5 and 9, and was released from the promotions interests shortly thereafter. Bobonis did not let the two losses deter him and he instead made moves to further invest in his fighting career.
Following the loss at XFC 9, Shah Bobonis made the decision to become a full time fighter, putting 100% of his time and effort toward getting to the top of the MMA world, by beating the best opponents that he could find. Now, 3 years after his initial loss to Reynaldo Trujillo, Shah returns to the XFC cage and begins his trek towards the top of the organization’s Bantamweight division. Bobonis’ goal is to become the top Bantamweight fighter in the world and he believes he can do it outside of the world’s largest promotion, the UFC. In a recent radio interview with Fistacuff Radio, Bobonis spoke of an agreement with XFC President John Prisco for the future of the fighter. As long as Bobonis continues to win, the XFC has promised to keep providing top tier talent to challenge him. The ultimate goal being a mutually beneficial relationship between the fastest rising MMA organization and Bantamweight fighters currently in the organization.
Bobonis will next be a part of the XFC 20: High Octane card in Knoxville, Tennessee where he will take on undefeated Cornelius Godfrey. Godfrey, who has as many pro fights as Bobonis, carries in his current win streak, but may become the first of many fighters to fall to Bobonis on his way to the top. When asked about his next opponent, Bobonis sounded confident with his predictions. “I give Godfrey credit for taking a tough fight when he’s 6-0. Sadly MMA is becoming more like boxing; guys try to pad their records to look like superstars. I personally don’t think he’s ready to fight someone like me, but I have a lot of respect for him taking a tough fight.”
When added up, Godfrey’s record is nearly as long as Bobonis’ including his amateur fights; but those fights don’t help when you move to the next level according to Bobonis. “As far as his amateur record is concerned, amateur competition can only get you used to the process of a fight. It in no way will prepare you for the change in talent level,” said Bobonis. As for a prediction on his return to the XFC cage, Bobonis confidently noted he would be getting the win, “It might be a good fight…for a little while.”
Bobonis is looking to become the front runner in the XFC Bantamweight Title picture and could see a Title shot as soon as early 2013, if he can put together a solid win streak. Bobonis has already made plans for a championship run and has joked via his Twitter account that XFC officials should start getting the Bantamweight belt tailored to his 32’’ waist size. Once he secures the XFC belt, Shah wants to see the best available fighters brought in from around the world to challenge him for it, with the master plan ending in a Worldwide Top 10 Bantamweight ranking,but labeled as an XFC Fighters. We’ll see what happens for the Miami native. One thing is for certain, fans should get used to hearing about Shah Bobonis.
XFC 20 is presented by ICRealTime Security Solutions and airs live on AXStv on September 28 from the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. For more information on XFC 20: High Octane, go to www.OfficialXFC.com Follow the promotion daily on Twitter and Facebook ‘@OfficialXFC’.