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Flyweight prospect Allan Nascimento focuses on making a name for himself in Brazil

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Gaspar Nobrega

Xtreme Fighting Championships is not one of the biggest MMA promotions in the United States, but thanks to an important network television deal in Brazil, fighting for XFC International can be great for your career.

Allan Nascimento, a 13-2 flyweight from Chute Boxe team, will headline his first XFCi card on Nov. 1 in Sao Paulo against Ruslan Abiltarov (16-4-1). The winner could earn a shot at the vacant 125-pound title, and "Puro Osso" wants to make a career at XFCi.

"I will headline a card right next to my house, so I’m happy with everything that is happening for me at XFCi," Nascimento told MMAFighting.com. "XFCi likes the way I fight, so I want to make a long career here. Millions of people watch XFCi on RedeTV!."

Nascimento, who won 12 of his 13 professional victories by submission, plans to tap Abiltarov on Saturday night, but won’t be asking for a shot in the UFC like many Brazilian fighters do.

"I want to fight for the XFCi title first. I want to win this title," he said.

"I won’t know much about (Abiltarov), but I know that he’s a wrestler, and I believe he will try to grapple with me. But I’m cool. I have a great jiu-jitsu game, and he will have to worry with my submissions even if he’s on top. I will try to submit him."

Nascimento will fight for the first time since pulling out from a title fight against Legacy FC flyweight champion Damacio Page on Oct. 17. Legacy FC owner Mick Maynard told Sherdog he decided to remove the Brazilian from the title bout due to communication issues.

"I had some personal problems in Brazil," Nascimento explains. "My manager (Jorge Patino) ‘Macaco’ was negotiating with them, but I had to leave the card. I’m focused on XFCi now, and I’m happy to be fighting again."