by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Oct 19, 2011 at 7:30 am ET
Welterweight Nicolae Cury (5-2) replaces Charles Blanchard and now faces Elijah Harshbarger (6-3), and featherweight John Mahlow (12-12) steps in for Lawson McClure to face Bruce Connors (8-3).
Both fights air Friday on HDNet as part of the seven-bout main card of "XFC 14: Resurrection."
Featuring a headliner of former WEC champion Jamie Varner (17-5-1) vs. fellow lightweight Nate Jolly (10-3), XFC 14 takes place Oct. 21 at UCF Arena in Orlando, Fla., on the campus of the University of Central Florida.
A 31-year-old American Top Team product, Cury is 3-1 in his past four fights. The lone loss came in a local feature bout with Luis Santos at May's Bellator 45 event. Four of Cury's five career wins have come via first-round submission. He now meets Harshbarger, who is just 1-2 in his past three fights. However, the losses have come to proven contenders Pete Sell and Ben Saunders.
Meanwhile, Mahlow looks to snap a two-fight losing streak that has seen him fall short to big-show vets Junior Assuncao and Rafaello Oliveira. A five-time XFC vet, "The Mulatto Mauler" also has clashed with notables Luis Palomino, Ryan Roberts, Anthony Lapsley, Jeff Curran, Mac Danzig, Alberto Crane and Antonio McKee, among others. He now faces Connors, who has suffered back-to-back knockout losses to Bogdan Cristea and Micah Miller.
With the official changes, the latest XFC 14 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (HDNet)
- Nate Jolly vs. Jamie Varner
- Scott Barrett vs. Carmelo Marrero
- Marianna Kheyfets vs. Molly Helsel
- Josh Clark vs. Reggie Pena
- Nicolae Cury vs. Elijah Harshbargar
- Mike Bernhard vs. Mikey Gomez
- Bruce Connors vs. John Mahlow
(Pictured: Nicolae Cury)