GYM: Lions High Performance Centre
The AFC Heavyweight Champion, Tai ‘Bam Bam’ Tuivasa won the title back at AFC 16 when he knocked out Brandon Sosoli in just 21 seconds with a perfectly placed elbow. A few months later, he welcomed UFC veteran James McSweeney to the AFC cage and won by TKO (corner stoppage) successfully defending his Heavyweight championship. With legitimate one punch KO power, Tai is recognised as one of the most dangerous heavyweight on the planet.
Jamie Abdallah made a sensational debut in the AFC back at AFC 12 when he knocked out Daniel ‘Jacare’ Almedia with a devastating uppercut on route to winning the Light Heavyweight championship. Jamie then fought Randall Ray at AFC 16 and in a fight of the year contest won by TKO in round 3. In that fight Jamie proved to the world just how much power he has in his hands but also the heart he has to dig in and scrap until his hand is raised.
Rob entered the AFC on 1 weeks notice back at AFC 14 and submitted BJJ specialist Daniel Schuardt in the first round. That performance earned him a Middleweight title shot against reigning AFC Light Heavyweight champ Jamie Abdallah who was looking to become a dual champion. Rob put on one on a truly gutsy display on route to winning the strap by TKO in round 3. Round has an undefeated 10-0 record and is recognised as the best middleweight in the Country.
The AFC Featherweight title is currently held by Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski. Alex won the title back at AFC 13 when he stopped James Bishop in the first round. Alex then went on to knockout Jamie Mullarkey in the first round at AFC 15 successfully defending his title. Alex was recently signed by the UFC so the title will be vacated and a new champion will be crowned in the near future.
Gustavo was crowned Bantamweight champ when he defeated Kai Kara France by submission at AFC 9. Gustavo is a former UFC fighter and is recognised a one of the top pound for pound fighters in the Country. The mix of power, wrestling and grappling makes him a handful for any opponent.
Hector Lombard competed on AFC 2 and defeated future UFC fighter Jesse Taylor bout heel hook on route to winning the AFC Middleweight Championship. After his AFC success, Hector would go on and fight for the UFC where he recorded victories over Rousimar Palhares, Jake Shields and Nate Marquardt.
RECORD: 18 – 6
STYLE: MMA/Kick Boxer
GYM: KMA Top Team
During his AFC career, the ‘Major’ was one of the most feared fighters on the roster and his promotional dominance led to him winning the AFC Welterweight Championship when he defeated Callan Potter by KO in the first round at AFC 9. Corey is also the only man to defeat the AFC Featherweight Champion and current UFC fighter Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski.
New Zealand’s Daniel Hooker dominated the AFC Lightweight division winning the title after defeating Rusty McBride at AFC 3. He went on to defend his title twice defeating Rusty McBride in a rematch then Nick ‘Banjo’ Patterson. Dan then moved on to the UFC where he has amassed 3 victories.
‘The Steamrolla’ Steven Kennedy was one of the more outspoken fighters on the AFC roster, however his martial arts prowess allowed him to always back up his smack talk. Steven defeated Manny Rodriguez by Submission at AFC 7 before relinquishing the title and fighting for the UFC.
Former Ultimate Fighter Zein Saliba first competed at AFC 11 before dominating Daniel Way at AFC 12 on route to winning the AFC Middleweight Title. Zein would retire shortly after however will long be remembered his the immense skill he displayed in front of AFC fans.
Former UFC Fighter Bernardo ‘Trekko’ Magalahaes fought for the AFC on two occasions later defeating Kieran Joblin to win the AFC Lightweight title. Trekko retired shortly after however will go down as one of the best BJJ practitioners to compete in the AFC.