There is something cool about watching two guys fight that have a certain level of respect for each other. They get in, kick the crap out of each other and then hug it out after the fight! As cool as this is its safe to say that most people prefer to watch two guys get it on that don’t really like each other; guys that really want to put a beating on each other! If you are one of those people then you don’t want to miss Corey Nelson vs. Rick Alchin at AFC 8.
We are looking at two very capable Welterweights here! Both train at really credentialed MMA gyms; Corey at KMA Top Team and Rick at Gracie Central Coast. Both are very capable BJJ practitioners who have proven they can finish fights on the ground; and both are very confident in their ability to punish their opponents with effective striking.
Corey has been very successful at Welterweight having recently destroyed Walber De Barros at AFC 6 and finishing Alex Volkanovski at AFC 5. He is currently riding a six-fight win streak and in a lot of people’s mind is the best Welterweight in Australia. Rick on the other hand is steadily improving having found his preferred weight at 77 kilos. He is a big Welterweight who has a strength advantage over most of his opponents and has proven that once the fight hits the ground he can lock in an array of submissions.
As great as this fight is what makes it better is that these two genuinely hate each other. When Corey was asked on the AFC Podcast if he disliked Rick Alchin he replied with “That’s correct I don’t like him”; he added “I’m gonna teach him a lesson at AFC 8”. He is unhappy that rumours have been spread about an apparent grappling contest at TUF Nations tryouts and has since stated that “[Rick] will pay for the sh*t that he has been talking”. Rick claims that Corey didn’t like the result from the TUF tryouts and definitely didn’t like the fact that he was “dominated” in the contest.
The war of words stokes the every increasing hate flames; however this will all come to an end at AFC 8 when these two step into the ring and sort out their differences once and for all.