Kenneth Cross did not generate a contract from Dana White earlier this year, but he’s no for a longer time targeted on that chapter in his occupation.
Cross (11-3) did what he essential to do to get the victory in his Dana White’s Contender Sequence, Season 4 appearance in opposition to Kevin Syler in August. Even so, he did not gain in a way that fired up White adequate to award him a UFC deal.
Considering the fact that then, Cross signed with the XFC and will debut on its relaunch card on Wednesday in Atlanta, XFC 43, versus fellow lightweight Jarel Askew. For the time staying, his UFC aspirations are paused – and he’s Alright with that.
“If I consider about extensive-term plans, (mine) is to make plenty of cash to assistance my spouse and children and myself and just about anything we want to do,” Cross advised MMA Junkie Radio. “I can form of get it into my very own palms and make guaranteed this comes about. We only get to dwell this existence for 100 years if you live healthily. If you approach on living good like me, you get 100 yrs. I want to gain this event. I want to get a interesting belt. I want to get a awesome paycheck and I want to see what it is like residing daily life devoid of all the stresses of day-to-day checks and all that.”
Cross, along with a handful of other XFC fighters, individual stock in the company. XFC CEO Myron Molotky recently unveiled to MMA Junkie that signing bonuses in the form of shares were being presented to fighters on his roster.
“I want to see what the XFC has to give for the adhering to years,” Cross stated. “I sense like they could supply me with a good deal of factors that I want in my long term and my goals. I’m fired up to see what that delivers. I’m excited to proceed to mature and evolve and, yeah, set XFC on the map.”
Askew (11-6) has competed for Alaska FC and Canadian advertising BTC. A 28-yr-previous lightweight, Askew trains out of the renowned Crew Alpha Male gymnasium in Sacramento, Calif. When examining his probabilities of victory, Cross isn’t concerned.
“I’m a distinctive breed, so I’m going to arrive just after him strongly,” Cross reported. “I’ve been working more difficult than I at any time have. I’m prepared. I’m completely ready. I do not see where by he could consider this combat that I’m not greater than him. … I’m in this article to set eyes on the XFC. I’m going to dominate all people and everywhere you go. It is just likely to be a further struggle – a different superior-intensity fight, so you fellas can be expecting the finest Kenneth Cross. Correct now, we’re just undertaking every thing to remain sharp, mentally centered, and geared up for war.”
XFC 43 usually takes place Wednesday at Tabernacle in Atlanta. The main card airs on NBC Sports immediately after prelims on FITE Television set.