Video: Rob Watley vs. Josh Visel at XCC 27

 

In the Xtreme Caged Combat 27 main event, Rob “Contact” Watley (7-1 MMA, 1-0 XCC)  fought Josh “The Token” Visel (5-1 MMA, 0-1 XCC) for the vacant XCC lightweight title at XCC 27 inside The Fuge in Warminster, Pennsylvania Friday, Feb. 24, 2017.

In his XCC debut, Watley won the strap by finishing Visel in by TKO (strikes) in round three.

(Video Credit: Xtreme Caged Combat via Youtube)

Watley is a five-time Shogun veteran. In his bout before Visel, the 27-year-old defeated Cole Presley by unanimous decision at Shogun Fights 15 Oct. 15, 2016. In his previous bout, he knocked out Daniel Root with a kick in the second round at Shogun Fights 14 in April 2016.

Between his three stints with Shogun, the Charlotte Hill, Maryland native fought for Cage Fury Fighting Championships twice. In his promotional debut, he defeated Pat Sabatini by unanimous decision at CFFC 45 in February 2015.

In his last bout for CFFC, he earned a unanimous decision nod against Sergio DeBari at CFFC 50 July 18, 2015. He is ranked as the No. 12 lightweight in the Northeast according to Tapology.

Coming into the bout undefeated, Visel fought for four different promotions throughout his tenure. In his most recent outing before his bout with Watley, the 23-year-old finished Zach Cook by first-round rear-naked choke at Justified Defiance Fight Series 3 Oct. 29, 2016.

He beat Antoine Blassingame via unanimous decision at WXC 64: Redemption in August 2016. He is the the owner of three other submission wins, occurring in his first trio of professional bouts.

Visel tapped Keith Bullock Jr. by first-round arm-bar, stopped James Rumley by second-round rear-naked choke and finished Michael MacArthur by second-round rear-naked choke at TWC Pro Series in  his professional debut June 20, 2015.

TWC Pro Series is the only promotion he fought for more than once as a professional.

With his win against Visel, the XCC champion is riding a seven fight win streak.

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