Just one week after another successful event at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Australia, XFC has set the headliner for its next event, XFC 24, which takes place on May 23.
The promotion has announced that the highly anticipated featherweight title fight between champion Shane Young and challenger Julian “Julz the Jackal” Rabaud will be moved to XFC 24. The pair were originally slated to meet at XFC 23, but Rabaud suffered a rib injury that forced the promotion to scrap the bout.
Since Rabaud signed with XFC, the outspoken fighter’s debut has been highly anticipated. “Julz the Jackal” is currently 5-2 through a seven-fight pro career. He won his first three professional outings, but he has gone just 2-2 through his last four fights. In his last bout, Rabaud was defeated by top Australian fighter Ben Nguyen in a fight that has since gone viral because of Rabaud’s antics during the weigh-in for the event that took place on March 8, 2014 for the Nitro bantamweight title. The bout with Young will mark Rabaud’s first fight as a featherweight.
Young started his pro career with three straight wins as well, but he has won just one of his last three. Most recently, Young moved up to the lightweight division at XFC 23 to face Cage Warriors veteran Damien Brown for the XFC lightweight title. Brown came away as the victor with a unanimous decision, snapping a four-fight skid to claim the lightweight strap. Prior to that bout, Young had defeated Adrian Rodriguez by third-round TKO.
More fights for XFC 24 are set to be announced in the coming weeks.