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Australian Fighting Championship

I do love a head kick

Luke Spears chose one hell of a time to make his Australian Fighting Championship debut as it just happened to coincide with the first co-promoted Kunlun Fight event making this one of the most historic cards in Australasian martial arts history! Luke walked into AFC 21 matched up against the crowd favourite and knock out machine Oscar Kong. After 15 minutes of genuine entertainment Luke scored himself a Unanimous Decision victory and also won himself a few fans based on his energetic and eccentric style.

In what many believe was a breakthrough performance for this talented martial artists, Luke’s reflection of his own performance is very humble:

“I thought I did ok, there are a few things that I could have done better”

From the very first bell, Luke and Oscar engaged in a striking war that was not only entertaining but incredibly unique. There was leather flying all over the cage and you sort of got the feeling that it was going to be one of those fights where the man that landed the first clean punch (or kick) would immediately sleep his opponent. Luke was well prepared for Oscar however and foresaw this sort of a fight breaking out:

“I watched one of his previous fights and it was very similar to what I encountered on Saturday night”

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After a first round dominated by striking, Luke basically spent the entire second round beating on his opponent from top position. From the commentary position, it looked like the fight was close to being stopped on several occasions as Oscar really took some punishment but to his credit he hung in there and the ref allowed the fight to continue. Luke on the other hand tends to believe that the fight could have been stopped during the barrage:

“There were a few moments where I thought it should have been stopped; Oscar did get up and continue although he definitely was not defending intelligently on the ground”

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The striking arsenal Luke exhibited at AFC 21 was diverse to say the least! Never have I seen the sort of feints that Luke produced nor have I witnessed such an array of accurate head kicks. Upon review, this was exactly what Luke had planned heading into the fight:

“I do love a head kick, unfortunately my shorts didn’t fit properly and adjusting them prior to throwing a kick was a huge tell. The feints seemed to work well, it’ll be good to watch the proper footage when it is released”

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As it is now in the history books, Luke prevailed by Unanimous Decision. Although the result seemed pretty clear cut, you know the old saying… ‘Never leave it in the judge’s hands’… Although Luke never thought the result was in doubt, he was rather surprised that Oscar was given a round at all:

“Nope, I’m surprised 2 judges gave him a round”

So Luke chalks up his biggest mixed martial arts win to date on one of the biggest cards in Australasian martial arts history. The nest steps Luke chooses to take will define where his career goes from here, and there are no doubt some attractive opportunities available to him. However for this much grounded athlete, he’ll take it all on his stride for now:

“[I’ll] fight often and climb the ladder! There are plenty [of opponents], all in due time”

Article by Josh Warner – AFC

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