Fresh off a monumentally successful debut in China, the AFC have announced two additional fight cards for the months of July and August. On 28 July the AFC will return to Melbourne for AFC 20 followed by AFC 21 in China on 5 August.
In April, the AFC became the first Australian promotion to bridge international waters when they conducted two fight cards in Xi’an China. A packed venue and 14 excellent fights pretty much summed up the experience, one of which AFC CEO Adam Milankovic and Kelly Seif are very proud:
“AFC 18 in China was a huge success for our promotion and I couldn’t be any prouder of the team, the fighters and our partners. The venue was packed on both nights and the atmosphere was something I have never seen before. [It’s] safe to say the AFC made a real impact on the world stage”
Based on the success of AFC 18 in Xi’an, the promotion will return to China on 5 August and once again plans to put on a memorable fight card. The team is already deep into planning for what will be a significant fight card:
“The AFC will head back to China in August and we’ll again look to ‘wow’ the crowd with another entertaining fight card. I wont let too many secrets go at this stage however we’ll be showcasing some of the best emerging fighters China has to offer as well as a selection of Australian fighters. Oh, and of course we’ll have a massive main event to headline the card!”
Before the AFC heads over to China for a second time, the promotion will first return to the Melbourne Pavilion on 28 July and the promotion is currently putting together a stacked card for the viewing pleasure of a passionate and committed Melbourne audience:
“We are thrilled to be back in Melbourne on 28 July and trust me we are putting together a massive card for our return. We’ll have at least one, more than likely two huge title fights that will have an international flavour as well as a stacked undercard that will set up fights to fill vacant titles in the future. We’ll also be keeping a close eye on all of the fighters to see who really steps up as it is those guys and girls who’ll be getting the opportunity to fight in China on future cards”
The AFC’s emergence in China will provide opportunities for Australian fighters to showcase their skills on the world stage, which will open up serious doors for mixed martial artists in this country. Adam and Kelly are proud that the AFC is not only quickly becoming a serous player in the world of martial arts, but they are also thrilled that the promotion will be able to support Aussie fighters to achieve their martial arts dreams:
“It’s fantastic that the AFC can provide opportunities for martial artists to gain worldwide exposure and improve their chances of making it big in this sport. Every athlete who competes on our promotion will know that a solid performance could result in an international call up and from there anything is possible. Not only is it great that the AFC is producing the next crop of superstars, it’s fantastic that we are getting so many people from Australia and abroad wanting to fight on an AFC card”
So the future is indeed looking very bright for the AFC, and although Adam and Kelly are not ones to give too many details away, they are extremely excited about what the future holds and did give a small insight in relation to what fans can expect to see moving forward:
“Right now we have two huge cards to focus on in July and August, and later this year we have the little matter of Abdallah vs. Sokoudjou for the AFC Light Heavyweight Title which has the makings of the biggest fight this Country has seen! Expect to hear more about this fight and a huge supporting card shortly. Aside from that, the focus is on increasing exposure, growing this brand and helping our fighters achieve their goals; there are numerous ways we will be doing this but for the time being unfortunately that’s all I can say”
So the AFC are going places, and going places quickly. Stay tuned for more announcements over the coming weeks and be sure to get your tickets for AFC 20 when they go on sale shortly.
Article by Josh Warner AFC