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XFC 49: Natalie Hills vs. Erin Harberger Muay Thai bout booked for co-main event

'The Killapino' vs. 'Bummble Bee'

Former ONE Championship MMA competitor and current Australian national Muay Thai champion Natalie Hills will return to the ring in May against former national Muay Thai champion Erin “Bummble Bee” Harberger.

On paper, the fight appears to be a good one.

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“Nat Thrills,” (16-2-0), 33, struggled in ONE Championship against top competition, but found her groove several years ago when she returned to her Muay Thai roots in 2018, training primarily at the¬†Boonchu International Muay Thai Gym. She won the Australian nationals in 2018 and January 2020.

Hills told The Crossfire that since wining the Australian Nationals, she had five training camps for fights that were cancelled with the current Coronavirus pandemic playing a role in most of them. One of those fights was a Muay Thai title fight.

The May 1 52kg bout will be five rounds, with each round lasting two minutes.

Meanwhile, “Bummble Bee” (21-7-0, 3 KOs) will look to rebound from a decision loss to Supergirl Jardonsak in February. She hails from the Sunshine Coast and despite being much younger than Hills at a reported 17 years old (attempts to confirm Harberger’s age were unreturned as of this writing), is a 2019 WMO Muay Thai world champion.

Training primarily at Spain’s Muay Thai Gym, Harberger likes to stay active as she is scheduled to fight Callie Ryan for the Destiny flyweight title on April 10, before tackling Hills approximately three weeks later.

XFC 49: Queens of the Cage is the company’s first all-women’s combat sports card, set for May 1 at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, QLD.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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