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I plan to showcase all my MMA tools

On July 28, Stephen Thouliss will make his debut in the AFC when he battles Brock McRobb. Currently training in Mildura with Jesse Medina, the Karate and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter is full of confidence as he prepares to embark on a professional martial arts career, and the first barrier will come in the form of McRobb however Stephan plans to smash right through that barrier on route to a debut victory.

Although Stephen’s career is still in the infancy stage, his background is very impressive:

“[My] martial arts background is Renshinkan Karate / MMA for 8 years; [I’ve] also trained 8 years in BJJ. [I’m a} State champ in BJJ and have competed in numerous other comps. [I’ve had] 4 ammy fights for 2 wins and 2 loses”

Karate fighters are always very popular in MMA as their eccentric technical style usually results in a visually appealing contest. Stephen really has the best of both words comprising a solid stand up game as well as a slick ground game. Stephen is almost spoilt for choice when it comes to his greatest martial arts asset:

“I would say my strongest discipline would be my BJJ and wrestling so I will be using this to my advantage against my opponent with strikes on the ground till that sub comes”

In recent times, Mildura is making its mark on the MMA map in Australia having produced some very fine martial artists. The gym in which Stephen trains has recently opened and he is reaping the benefits of working with the likes of Jesse Medina and James McGlashan:

“We have recently opened a brand new gym MFT Mildura Fight Team. That is where I have been doing my training with James McGlashan and Jesse Medina”

Jesse has become somewhat of a veteran of the local MMA scene and is renowned for stepping into the cage and fighting his heart out. Stephen recognises the benefit of having such a stellar martial artists in his corner and fully appreciates the support and guidance he receives:

“Jesse as been great to train with; we both started around the same time. Jesse has improved my stand up so much in the past 12 months it’s been great. Jesse also handles all my fights, which has helped me a lot to get on the big stages such as the AFC!”

Stephen’s first up assignment will come in the form of Kickboxer Brock McRobb. Fighters have different approaches when it comes to studying opponents and in Stephen’s case he doesn’t know too much about his opponent and that’s not something he is really concerned about:

“Don’t know to much about Rob (Brock) other then he has good stand with a fait bit of experience but this is MMA not Kickboxing. I expect Rob (Brock) to come out striking and keep he’s distance away from the take down” 

Stephen is conscious of the kickboxing pedigree that Brock will bring to the Cage, however Stephen is confident the technical wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that he will bring should negate the advantages that Brock may have:

“Yes he has a good Kickboxing background but this is MMA; I plan on showcasing all my MMA tools especially my BJJ”

The AFC has recently ventured to China and yesterday announced a landmark partnership with KUNLUN Fights further establishing itself as the #1 promotion in Australia and a dominant force in the world of MMA. Not surprisingly, Stephen is thrilled to be fighting at AFC 20 and fully recognises the opportunities that await:

“I think its awesome that the AFC is heading to international waters and I plan on making a great debut and putting on a show to get me on to that China card in the future”

AFC 20 goes down on July 28 live from the Melbourne Pavilion. Get your tickets now: AFC 20 Tickets

Article by Josh Warner AFC

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