Matt Walton Talks Growing The Sport In Australia, Previews XFC 34: Friday Night Fights
Matt Walton is the CEO of Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC), the longest running mixed martial arts organization on the continent of Austraila.
After taking over the reigns at XFC 27 in the summer of 2016, he has steadily built on top of the brand the previous owners worked hard to establish.
On April 6 in Queensland at Mansfield Tavern, the promotion will present its 34th event (Friday Night Fights) with a combined five title fights.
Although the massive headliner between XFC lightweight title-holder Issac Hardman and highly-touted prospect B.J. Bland was canceled due to an injury to the champion, gritty veteran Brogan Anderson has stepped into the main event slot to face the unpredictable Jayden Eynaud for the vacant middleweight title.
Walton spoke with John Hyon Ko about working in the prison system on top of being a promoter, the recent MMA explosion in Australia as well as New Zealand, working with other promotions in the country to grow, the key matchups at XFC 34: Friday Night Fights and more.
XFC 34: Friday Night Fights will be available on pay-per-view for international viewers HERE.
Notable excerpts from the interview:
John Hyon Ko: The Australian MMA scene has exploded in the past few years. Can you explain how this growth has been happening?
Matt Walton: “I think the expansion in the last year has really kicked off because of a core group of shows that put fighters first have really started to band together. And they are happy to see everyone successful.”
John Hyon Ko: Are you more of a guy that wants to put on shows where there is a stacked card rather than a bunch of shows that are spread out?
Matt Walton: “One thing I love about our show (XFC 34) is if you look at all fifteen fights on the card, you know every name that is on the show. That’s something we always prided ourselves on. They’re all killer and no fillers.”
John Hyon Ko: What fight stands out and is the most intriguing other than the title fights?
Matt Walton: “There are probably two. The first quick one is probably Matt Seden versus Paul Loga. Another fight I am really keen to see is Tom Nolan.”