What: XFC 25: Boiling Point.
When: Friday, Sept. 6
Where: Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd Street NW
Cost: Tickets range from $25 for general admission to $100 for cage side.
More info: Doors open at 5 p.m. and fights start at 6 p.m. Live coverage on AXS TV begins at 8 p.m. Watch the fights live at Clancy’s Pub at 2703 E. 20th Street in Farmington.
FARMINGTON — The night Angela Magana has waited more than a year for has finally arrived.
Magana, a 30-year-old Farmington resident, is set to step back in a mixed martial arts cage this Friday night for the first time since Aug. 17, 2012. Magana (11-5) will face Stephanie Eggink (3-1) for the Xtreme Fighting Championships Strawweight title during the XFC 25: Boiling Point fight card at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Eggink and Magana were originally slated to fight for the first-ever XFC Strawweight (115-pound) title in early 2013 after the match was set in February, but a car accident that left Magana with a severe concussion postponed the bout. It was the second time in Magana's career that a car accident derailed her MMA plans, but now she is ready to make her return and claim the championship belt in the XFC's first ever women's main event.
"I am so excited and bleed to be here in fight week," Magana said. "Things can happen in life leading one to wonder why. I did after the car accident exactly six months prior to fight night. Everything happens for a reason and now this opportunity is much bigger than the one I had before. I will be making history as the first female main event for the XFC and the first female to fight for a belt."
After her car accident, the XFC decided to wait on Magana to recover instead of replacing her in the title fight. Friday's fight will be Magana's first in the XFC promotion.
"The XFC has been a dream to work for. I can't wait for the opportunity to shine for them," Magana said. "I feel inadequate trying to express gratitude for their patience and belief in me."
Not only is the XFC title on the line Friday night, both fighters will be emotionally charged by the war of words the two have waged since Magana's car accident after Eggink questioned the validity of Magana's injuries.
"This bout is truly main event worthy," XFC President John Prisco said in a prepared statement. "What makes this fight exciting is, not only do we have two of the best females in the business fighting for championship gold, we have two ladies that 100 percent do not like each other. Their bad blood is not just to sell a fight or promote the card; these two genuinely do not care for one another."
Magana knows Eggink -- a former U.S. National Boxing Team member -- will come out swinging. Magana hopes to counter Eggink's strong stand-up skills with her grappling abilities that have helped her secure six submission victories in her six-year career.
"Eggink seems real composed, which is huge in the fight game. She comes ready to fight, and I am positive this will be fight of the night," Magana said. "If anyone knows anything about my fight style, I go for the takedown and submit. I see myself passing the guard and setting up an armbar in the second round."
Magana, who last fought against Jessica Eye (10-1) at NAAFS Rock N Rumble 6 in Cleveland, Ohio, in a unanimous decision loss, has spent the last two months training in Thailand with the Phuket Top Team.
"I see myself making trips out there quite frequently and possibly moving there once my daughter graduates," Magana said. "I trained all aspects of my arsenal. The Muay Thai is exceptional. I learned an extraordinary amount about all parts of MMA."
Magana, who trains locally with Team Four Corners in Farmington and Durango Martial Arts in Colorado, is excited to fight in Albuquerque in front of her local fans, friends, coaches and family and to have the fight on live television on AXS TV for her fans who can't make the trip.
She hasn't been fazed by the adversity she has faced and believes winning the title Friday night won't change her life a bit.
"Without all the things that have happened, I would never know my true potential and strengths so I do not look at those things as bad," Magana said. "For me, it is all about the journey, not the destination. A person doesn't dance to get to a certain place on the dance floor. They do it to enjoy every step. I have won belts and expected things to be different afterwards and nothing was different. I live in the moment and love the magic in my life."John Livingston can be reached at email@example.com; 505-564-4648. Follow him on Twitter @jlivi2.