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Xplode Fight Series dissolves agreement with third-party sanctioning body before first event

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Much-maligned MMA promotion Xplode Fight Series is in search of a sanctioning body once again.
After agreeing to terms with the United States Mixed Martial Arts Federation (UMMAF) in September, XFS owner Gregg Sharp has dissolved the partnership, citing that UMMAF reneged on its original deal and changed its terms with regards to cost.
Xplode Fight Series runs unsanctioned shows on the San Pasqual Native American reservation near San Diego and is not required to be regulated by the California State Athletic Commission.
The organization has come under the gun in recent months for egregious matchmaking and potentially unsafe practices. Multiple fighters told MMA Fighting in a three-part investigative piece that XFS did not require competitors to have blood work or medicals done. Blood work is required by commissions under the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) in order to make sure a fighter does not have a communicable disease. Medicals are done to rule out the possibility of a fighter having a previous injury that would make it unsafe for him or her to compete in a fight.
CSAC executive officer Andy Foster said last month he would no longer be recognizing bouts conducted in unsanctioned events like Xplode when he vets the matchmaking ….View original article