Saturday night October 19th, XFE returns to Harrahs Philadelphia for an exciting night of fights from start to finish. Of the 15+ fights on the card, one of them sticks out the most. The main event will see welterweight’s Jon Delbrugge (2-1) attempting to rebound from his first loss to take on Bellator veteran Neil Johnson (7-5).
Debrugge, whose ultimate goal is to make it to the UFC, cannot afford to take a second loss so early in his career to stay on course for his goal. Most would be feeling the pressure but most are not Jon Delbrugge. “My goal is and has always been to be in the UFC. I spent 4 years training and competing full time in BJJ to develop a specialized background in something. I went from white belt to purple belt in 11 months and placed in tournaments like the Pan Ams, European open and Brazilian nationals. I’ve competed is Asia, South America, Europe and all over the US competing against the best BJJ guys in the world. During those four years I got to train with and compete against a lot of high level guys and got desensitized to the pressure of going against “tough” guys.
“I will have to fight guys of this caliber sooner or later if I want to be in the UFC, so I need to just go ahead and get used to fighting these guys now. As far as pressure it doesn’t matter. I don’t feed off of it or anything. Only because one day that pressure won’t be there and I will need to find something else to feed off of, so all my motivation comes from within. No external motivators!” explains Delbrugge.
With training camp rounding up before the fight vs. Johnson at XFE 27, Delbrugge was very confident about his camp. “(Training) has been very good. In the past I’ve had tendency to over train. I feel very strong and on point with everything right now.”
Though he is coming off a loss to Bellator Veteran Derrick Kennington, he felt too many adjustments would hurt him coming into the fight with Johnson. Chalking up the quick lose to a bad decision on his part. “You have to be careful about making too many adjustments based off of a fight like that. I literally got caught 1 minute into the first round. If you look at the tale in slow motion I was throwing a jab. My chin was down my other hand was up. I was in perfect position. My jab was just lazy and he countered by throwing a uppercut at the same exact time. My coaches didn’t have much to adjust from that. Every camp I am counts angle improving my skill sets so I am always adjusting skills win or lose.”
Even though, he doesn’t believe he has much to adjust he believes the game plan could have been different. “Game planning wise I should have probably went after Kennington a bit harder, but again it was within the first two minutes of the fight I believe. To me that’s just a fight I have to let go and move on from.”
For those who have not seen Jon Delbrugge in the cage yet, he explains what you can expect! “You can expect to see a guy who is extremely dedicated to perfecting his craft step back into the cage after a tough loss and fight his a** off. I’m going to fight aggressive and dominant! That’s my style! Heavy ground and pound, clean striking and extremely high level grappling. I couldn’t be more excited for this Saturday!”
He is not the the only one, Promoter and XFE Owner David Feldman shares similar sentiments. “Jon Delbrugge is one of the best 170 prospects on the east coast. He will be tested against welterweight gatekeeper Neil Johnson. All I can say is expect fireworks!”.
Also featured on the card Anthony Terrell Smith squaring off against Pedro Velasco in what promoter David Feldman promises “Could be a Main Event anywhere else.” Plus a Heavyweight showdown between two unbeaten big men Christoper Daukaus (4-0) and Bobby Duvall (6-0), which promises to end in a highlight reel KO.
XFE 27 is sponsored by Rocco’s Collision, Harrahs Philadelphia, BoneBreakerz, and Inside Out Training Centers. Tickets can still be purchased at WebTix.net and at the door.
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