Xtreme Fighting Championship Returns to Detroit on Grand Prix Weekend

Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), an international mixed martial arts organization, is returning to Detroit with its XFC Grand Prix event. The MMA professional fight night is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at the Wayne State Fieldhouse in Detroit
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XFC fighting is coming to Detroit the weekend of the 2023 Grand Prix

Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), an international mixed martial arts organization, is returning to Detroit with its XFC Grand Prix event. The MMA professional fight night is scheduled for Friday, June 2, at the Wayne State Fieldhouse in Detroit.

The XFC Grand Prix coincides with the return of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear to the downtown streets of Detroit (June 2-4) and will be broadcast nationally and streamed globally.

The Friday evening XFC Grand Prix will be preceded by practice and qualifying sessions featuring all the racing series competing on day one of the Detroit Grand Prix weekend.

“We have a number of firsts happening with our reimagining of the downtown Detroit Grand Prix experience,” says Bud Denker, president of Penske Corp. and chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. “The XFC event adds another exciting facet to the weekend, and for fans, it’s going to be an amazing three days in Detroit.”

XFC Grand Prix marks the first MMA event to be held in the new Wayne State Fieldhouse, which opened in 2021, and is home to the Wayne State Warriors men’s and women’s basketball teams as well as the Detroit Pistons’ NBA G League team, the Motor City Cruise.

“Just as INDYCAR is making a triumphant return to downtown Detroit, our city is excited to welcome fans of MMA for the international debut of the XFC Grand Prix fight series,” said Claude Molinari, president and CEO of the Detroit Sports Commission.

“It is no surprise that XFC has selected Detroit given our city’s legendary sports history from Joe Louis to racing. There is no better place to host a sporting event than the ‘City of Champions,’ and we know the fights will make an already great weekend of sporting events even better.”

XFC Grand Prix attendees can choose between general admission and VIP seating packages. Details about the fight card, corporate sponsors, pre- and post-fight fighter appearances, and broadcast partners will be announced weekly leading up to the fight.

“The overlapping demographics of racing fans and combat sports fans is striking, as is the complementary format of daytime racing and evening fight events,” says Doug Kuiper, COO of the XFC and a former executive at Ilitch Holdings Inc., which owns the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, and manages many of Detroit’s entertainment venues and events.

“The festival format of Detroit Grand Prix weekend and the organization’s support drove us to choose Detroit as the first of many XFC Grand Prix events, and we know the adrenaline rush of a perfect venue and packed house will be a win-win for fans and fighters.”

Tickets to XFC Grand Prix go on sale the week of May 1 at XFCFight.com or at the box office.