On February 22 2014 the Australian Fighting Championship presented the 8th instalment of its exciting fighting promotion showcasing the best Australian and International fighters. As if the action packed fights weren’t enough we were also graced with the presence of UFC Fighter Mark Hunt, TUF Contestant Vik Grujic and inactive AFC fighters Alex Volkanovski, Peter Davenport and AFC Middleweight Champion Steven Kennedy.
If you missed the fights you can check out the reviews below:
Scott Noras vs. Kael Coster
Coster defeated Noras by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in Round 2.
These two Welterweights were debuting in the AFC and they got the night off to a perfect start. Better recognised as ‘strikers’ these two took only a couple of minutes in the first round to showcase their ground games after Noras was successful in obtaining an early takedown. After a scramble the fighters were back on their feet however Coster quickly returned the favour and took the fight back to the ground where both fighters enjoyed top control and attempted submissions. The first round was very close however Noras seemed the more fatigued of the 2 fighters.
In the second after a brief exchanged Coster took the fight back to the ground where he softened Noras up with some vicious ground and pound. As a result Noras gave up his back and Coster was good enough to lock in a Rear Naked Choke – to his credit Noras tried to escape however eventually succumbed and tapped out at 1.30 of round 2.
Noras was gallant in defeat and soon after commented on Facebook saying ‘ I need to do some work on my cardio’. No doubt we will see him again better than ever. Coster was super impressive in a fight where he didn’t really show off his sublime kickboxing skills. In a talent rich division Kael can certainly make a few waves.
Daniel Way vs. Daniel Almedia
Way defeated Almedia by KO (Knee and Punches) in Round 1
Daniel Almedia was making his return to the ring after an injury induced lay off whilst Daniel Way stepped in for ‘Simple’ Jack Johns on 2 weeks notice, and in the end it was the replacement that turned off Almedia’s lights with a perfectly placed knee.
After a brief feeling out period Almedia shot for the takedown, which was perfectly stuffed by Way, a punching exchange followed before Almedia shot for another takedown from distance. With the absence of some set up punches Way saw the takedown attempt coming from a mile away and at the perfect time delivered a knee that knocked Almedia to the ground; three or four hammer fists followed and Almedia was out cold.
Daniel Way celebrated the biggest win of his career before checking on the condition of his fallen opponent. Daniel Almedia was soon back on his feet lamenting the unfortunate loss whilst Daniel Way was thinking about who’s next. Such an impressive performance on just 2 weeks notice, I can’t wait to see what he is capable of with a full training camp.
Aldin Bates vs. Matt McGuiness
Bates defeated McGuiness by TKO (punches) in Round 2
The battle of the nations certainly didn’t disappoint! Both of these warriors represented their home countries with great honour however once the dust settled the chizzled Aldin Bates walked away with his first professional victory.
The fight started as most expected, both fighters traded punches and released the odd haymaker. A good scramble saw the fight hit the mat where McGuiness was no doubt favoured however Bates did well to improve position and release some ground and pound. The fight soon returned to the upright position where McGuiness used his jab well and mixed in a few kicks, it did however look like Bates got the better of the first round.
In the second round McGuiness continued to try and pressure Bates with quick strikes however Aldin always seemed to have the answer and after landing a few clean shots the fight returned to the ground. Aldin’s pressure was relentless causing McGuiness to turtle at which time Aldin fired off some heavy shots leaving the referee no choice but to stop the fight at 1.18 of round 2.
Matt McGuiness has a bright future ahead and will benefit from the tutelage of Nick Patterson and Ed Beveloc out at Kimekai; Aldin on the other hand has the strength and diversity to be a real contender in the AFC Middleweight division and with further development will pose problems for the AFC’s best.
Joel Fisher vs. Aden Baron
Fisher defeated Baron by TKO (corner stoppage) in Round 2
What was pitched as a battle of the young up and comers in the AFC these two warriors definitely didn’t disappoint. They stood in front of each other and traded for the best part of 10 minutes while the loyal AFC fans went absolutely bananas, but after 5 clean elbows to Aden’s grill Tiago Ferreira threw in the towel and stopped the fight saving his fighter from receiving any further damage.
The first round was very exciting; the young guns traded punches, knees, kicks and elbows. Given both have a strong kickboxing background it was a pleasure to see Aden and Joel showcase their skills; Joel did however frequently land first however Aden’s chin was rock solid and rarely showed and signs of damage. In the clinch Joel was able to bully Aden and landed some good knees to the body and legs further softening Aden up.
In the second Joel continued to assert his dominance in the striking department and hurt Aden several times with clean straight punches and perfectly placed leg kicks. It was at this time that Joel started to employ elbows in the clinch and even after separating he was able to land clean elbows. Coming towards the end of the round Joel landed 5 clean elbows on the jaw of Aden and even though there was only a few seconds to go Tiago did the right thing and protected his fighter calling a halt to the fight at 4.45.
Aden has the heart and chin of a warrior so he will no doubt bounce back and we will see the best of him in years to come. Joel on the other hand is quickly moving from young gun to big threat and a few kilos of gold around his waist in the near future wont surprise anyone.
Rick Alchin vs. Corey Nelson
Nelson defeated Alchin by TKO (leg kicks) in Round 1
This was the bad blood fight the crowd wanted to see! We craved a slugfest however the technical, accurate Nelson cut Alchin down with leg kicks causing him to ask the ref to stop the fight early in round 1.
To my surprise Alchin actually stood and traded with the more fancied Nelson in round 1 and from my perspective got the upper hand in the early exchanges. He landed some clean punches and hard leg kicks, which seemed to throw Nelson off a little bit. However Nelson soon settled in and started throwing leg kicks of his own. I actually mentioned on commentary that Alchin was checking the kicks nicely and had to continue to do so; unfortunately for Rick he didn’t and after 3 or 4 brutal kicks he signalled to the referee that he was done – the ref obliged calling a stop to the fight at 3.09 of Round 1.
After disposing of his foe Corey has signalled his intent to wear AFC Welterweight gold and it will be difficult for our CEO Adam Milankovic to deny him. The question just remains who will step up and challenge the Major?
Rodolfo Marques vs. Dean Purdon
Marques defeated Purdon by Unanimous Decision
With an unfortunate injury to Alex Volkanovksi the Punisher Dean Purdon stepped up on 3 days notice and gave Rodolfo Marques every bit of what he could handle, however the experienced Marques was able to bully Purdon on the ground on route to a Unanimous Decision victory.
The fight started with a brief striking exchange before Marques executed a well-timed takedown and jockeyed for position on the ground. Marques was able to gain dominant side control and mount however the crafty Purdon avoided any real damage and almost locked in a heel hook. Round 1 went to Rodolfo based purely on ground control.
In round 2 we witnessed much of the same with Rodolfo controlling Dean on the ground. About 2 minutes in Rodolfo picked Purdon up, walked him to his corner and executed a big takedown – he soon locked in an arm triangle however Purdon gave the ref the big thumbs up and made it to the end of the round.
In the third Marques again secured an early takedown and once again maintained ground control leaving Purdon with little to do except try and improve position. A striking flurry ended the round however it was obvious that Marques would earn his second straight win in the AFC.
No fighter in the AFC has a bigger heart then Dean Purdon and we will no doubt see him back better than ever in the near future (perhaps at a lighter weight). Rodolfo on the other hand continues to beat top-level seasoned fighters and the AFC fans hope that we will finally get to see him fight Alex Volkanovksi in the near future.
Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Nick Paterson
Patterson defeated Magalhaes by Unanimous Decision
In the main event of the evening former UFC Fighter Bernardo ‘Trekko’ Magalhaes took on Australia’s top lightweight Nick ‘Banjo’ Patterson. The crowd expected an intense battle and that’s exactly what we got but when it was all said and done Banjo earned the UD victory which sets up an AFC Lightweight Title rematch with Daniel Hooker.
The first round started with both men trying to establish range, Nick used his jab well and kept Trekko in the pocket, which allowed him to land numerous shots. Banjo used the uppercut perfectly in the first both from distance and in the clinch. Trekko looked a little rusty and Nick took full advantage of this easily winning the first round.
In the second Nick continued to score from distance and threw in a few leg kicks for good measure. When they clinched Nick clearly had the strength advantage and he used it perfectly – he pressed Trekko against the ropes and executed a dirty boxing master class.
Coming into the third we expected Trekko to shoot for the Takedown and look for a submission but Nick was to crafty and he drew Trekko into another clinch battle were he clearly reigned supreme. Getting more comfortable we witnessed the odd spinning back fist and flying knee. The crowd proudly shouted Banjo as Nick continued to dominate Trekko right up to the final bell.
Bernardo will be better for the competition and will only get better with every fight he takes following a long absence. Nick is nursing a broken thumb however he will soon heal and wait patiently for his shot at Dan Hooker and AFC gold.
So the AFC once again delivered for the fans! Seven ultra competitive fights contested by 14 of the best Mixed Martial Artists in the Country – credit must go to Adam Milankovic for his sublime match making. Next we will travel to Albury for AFC 9 in the cage for the first time. With some mouth watering contests on the cards we simply cant wait!!
Review by Josh Warner.
Photos credited to Joshua Stebbings.