Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Return of Red Schafer

After over a year off from MMA competition, Eric “Red” Schafer will be making his long-awaited return to the cage Labor Day Weekend in the main event at XFO 41: Outdoor War 7. Since compiling a professional record of (11-5-2) at light heavyweight in a professional career that dates back to 1998 and includes seven fights in the UFC, Schafer will make his professional debut in the 185lb middleweight class.

While not yet signed, his opponent is expected to be Chris Albandia of the Midwest Training Center in Schaumberg, Illinois, a gym that has housed fighters such as Clay Guida, Jason Guida, Brian Gassaway, Adam Maciejewski, Kevin Knabjin, John Hosman, and Chase Beebe. Albandia is an IFL and M-1 Global veteran who holds an MMA record of (8-6). He has fought notable opponents such as Brian Ebersole, Lee Murray, Andrei Semenov, Fabio Leopoldo, Nathan Coy, and Jeremy May. He wrestled at the collegiate level at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

Since his exit from the UFC, Schafer has opened his own gym, Red Schafer Mixed Martial Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has also been active in the grappling community being awarded the 2010 grappler of the year from and currently holds a streak of 52 straight wins in no-gi grappling that dates back to April of 2008.

Schafer has competed in the XFO in the past defeating The Ultimate Fighter 8 alum, Jason Guida at XFO 6 in June of 2005 and became the XFO light heavyweight champion in January of 2006 by defeating William Hill at XFO 9.

XFO 41: Outdoor War 7 will take place on Saturday, September 3rd, at Sideouts Bar & Eatery located at 4018 Roberts Road in Island Lake, Illinois. The co-main event features The Ultimate Fighter 7 alum, Mike Marello vs. Alex Rozman. For more information or tickets please visit:

For more information about Red Schafer or his gym visit:

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Red Schafer Mixed Martial Arts is located at 811 E. Vienna Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53212

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