The Australian Fighting Championship is about to roll out their 7th installment of their promotion when AFC7 hits Melbourne on December 14. For the first time ever the AFC is holding an afternoon event (commencing at 2pm) which will coincide with primetime viewing for the US on Friday the 13th.
AFC director and matchmaker Adam Milankovic was dealt a severe blow to the card when the UFC Ultimate Fighter series came to Australia to pick fighters for both the welterweight and middleweight divisions for their upcoming Australia Vs Canada TUF series. The AFC has been running both tournaments throughout the year with the title fights for both divisions set for the year ending AFC7 event. After releasing all fighters from their AFC contracts so they could contend for a spot in the house, the UFC signed a number of AFC talent who cannot be named at this time.
The Welterweight tournament title fight has been postponed with the fight most likely take place early next year for the strap.
Milankovic, one of Australia’s best matchmakers, took the news in his stride and has put together another massive card stacked with some of the biggest names in Australian MMA.
The Middleweight tournament title fight will still be going ahead between Steven ‘The Steamroller’ Kennedy Vs Manny ‘Chalate’ Rodriguez. Rodriguez who featured in the UFC Australia Vs UK Smashes series will be taking the spot of Daniel Kelly who will not be able to fight on this date. Rodriguez’s inclusion is a great addition to the card as we’ll now see 2 of the best wrestlers in Australian MMA go head to head.
Kennedy is one of Australia’s most experienced Middleweight fighters (12-6) and has won his last 6 of 7 fights with his only loss coming to Jesse ‘JT Money’ Taylor over that period. Rodriguez will be stepping up a division from Welterweight where he was fighting in the Smashes series fighter house. This won’t worry the native of El Salvador one bit, he is a powerhouse on the ground and will be up for the contest. With the superior ground skills of both fighters neutralizing each other out, this could well be decided on their feet.
This fight will be a heated affair as both athletes have already started the trash talk via social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. There is no love lost between Kennedy and Rodriguez, expect an action packed fight which will come down to the wire.
The Co-Main event is going to be one for the fans as we’ll be witnessing a rematch between Peter ‘Bulldog’ Davenport Vs Dean ‘The Punisher’ Purdon, two of the most colourful fighters to grace the AFC ring. Both fighters met in the first round of the Welterweight tournament where the much fancied Peter Davenport was upset in the first round when The Punisher slipped in for a rear naked choke to end the fight in dramatic fashion. Since their first encounter Bulldog made light work of Shaun Wilcock with a .24 sec KO at AFC6. He is coming for revenge against Purdon who will be patiently waiting, confident he can get the job done once again. Look out for another animated entry from ‘The Punisher’ who always keeps the fans in anticipation of what he’s going to wear or the colour of his mohawk. Expect fireworks, this fight will be lucky to go the distance.
AFC7 will also commence a new tournament in the bantamweight division. Australian Fighting Championship is breaking up the tournament’s first round to be fought over 2 shows.
The first round will see one of Australia’s best fighters in Gustavo Falciroli fight in Melbourne for the very first time. Gustavo (13-4-2) will be going in as favourite to win the tournament without question, he has the skills and experience to match it with the best of the best. In his way stands Kai Kara-France who is from Strikeforce gym in New Zealand. The fighers out of Strikeforce have featured prominently on AFC cards over the years and have had plenty of success including Daniel Hooker the AFC Lightweight title holder. This is one fight that fans don’t want to miss as it’s a rarity to see Gustavo fight in Australia let alone in Melbourne. Don’t rule out a tough fight from Kara-France, he won’t mind the underdog status. With nothing to lose it will be Falciroli who all the pressure will be on for the win.
On the other side of the tournament Giancarlo Embradora will be taking on Charlie ‘El Guerrero’ Alaniz. Embradora (3-3) is trained by now Bellator (and former AFC) fighter Peter ‘The Chief’ Graham and is a highly talented fighter. He will have no problem going the distance against Alaniz as his last 4 fights have gone all the way to the final bell. Alaniz is one of Australia’s top up and coming fighters who has crashed onto the MMA scene. Sitting at 3-1 Alaniz will be coming out firing as he looks to secure a second round berth in the tournament. Both Embradora and Alaniz are quick and skilful fighters, this one could go either way.
The third match up for the bantamweight tournament is between Jordan ‘Showtime’ Lucas and Adam Corbett. The original match up was between Lucas and Judo Olympian Ivo Dos Santos however Ivo recently broke a rib in training making him unavailable for the fight. Corbett has stepped in on short notice and will be looking to take his opportunity with both hands. With a string of amateur wins under his belt he has yet to make the impact he would have liked in his pro career to date. Corbett has a tough match up to prove himself with Lucas who is 3-0 and looking to extend his win record. ‘Showtime’ has recently returned from the Sambo championships in Russia and has been training hard for this fight. He will need to adjust his style for Corbett who will be coming into the tournament with nothing to lose.
The Featherweight Tournament will have 1 bout at AFC7 with the remaining fights to come at AFC8. Back on the card is ‘The Nightmare’ Rodolfo Marques who will be taking on Mark ‘Tyson’ Abelardo. Marques, another world class MMA athlete, was taken out in the second round by Ruthless Rob Lisita at AFC6 in the Co-Main event. Favoured to win the last fight, Marques will be looking to get back on the winning list in after his TKO loss to Lisita and progress through to the second round. In his way is Abelardo who is another Kiwi from the Strikeforce gym in Auckland. ‘Tyson’ will have his work cut out coming up against someone of Marques’s talent, but a win here will certainly put him on the map. One thing we know about Abelardo is that he won’t be left wondering. He will be giving his all to upset Marques who hails from the famous Nova Uniao camp in Brazil and trained alongside fighters such as Jose Aldo.
Other fights to feature on AFC7 include:
Nick ‘Banjo’ Patterson Vs Rod ‘Rocket’ Staader
Nick Patterson is in good form and looking to get back on the winning list after his loss to Daniel Hooker at AFC6 for the Lightweight title. Patterson is one of the top fighters going around, has a huge following and won’t be happy unless he comes away with a win here. Patterson has won his last 7 of 9 fights and is in good form. Staader will be taking the underdog status in this fight as he is coming off a string of losses. Do not for one second rule him out though, all his opponents have been of the highest calibre including Benny Alloway, Corey Nelson and Steven Kennedy to name a few. Staader will be hungry to crash Banjo’s party and is ripe for a victory.
David Gibb Vs Chris ‘Bad Boy’ Birch
Both fighters are 1 win and 2 losses and have both appeared with the AFC before. Gibb will take in a height advantage but Birch will take in a power advantage with his solid frame. This will be an exciting fight and one that is extremely hard to predict. Gibb’s last showing for the AFC saw him meticulously take apart Mikey Vaotuua in a well rounded display. ‘Bad Boy’ Chris Birch had a loss to Daniel Kelly at AFC5, a tough opponent that went on to qualify for the Middleweight title. Birch was doing well against Kelly however was not able to come away with the win. It will be a match up many will be watching closely and could possibly be a smokey for fight of the night. In quite possibly a career defining match up, both fighters will be leaving nothing in the ring by the final bell.
Alex ‘The Hulk’ Volkanovski Vs Luke Catubig
Volkanovski’s only defeat came at the hands of Corey Nelson, one of Australia’s best welterweights. ‘The Hulk’ is a big tough guy who has the ability to overpower the slighter frame of his opponent. Catubig is sitting at 2-2 with both his wins coming by TKO in the first round. Hailing from the Philippines he now resides in Melbourne and possesses huge power in his leg kicks which may trouble The Hulk. Another great match up by Adam Milankovic who spends countless hours with trainers and fighters alike to get match ups that will not only entertain, but keep you in anticipation right up to the final bell.
Troy Resic Vs Callan Potter
To kick off proceedings at AFC7 we will see AFC debutant Callan Potter finally get his shot on an AFC card. Potter has been around for a long time and has a wealth of experience under his belt. With the ability to finish the job either on his feet or on the ground, he is going to prove a tough match up for the man from Geelong in Troy Resic. Resic we know will provide excitement and a never say die attitude. The last time Resic featured on an AFC card was against Mikey Vaotuua at AFC3 where he was involved in the fight of the night in one of AFC’s most epic encounters. If we get a fight with similar intensity, fans will be on their feet for this battle. Resic will have his work cut out for him, Potter is on a 3 fight winning streak and will take the favour in the odds. A great fight to kick off proceedings in what will no doubt be another quality MMA production by AFC.
Without question, this will be another fightcard for the fans of MMA. Milankovic, in the face of adversity has once again brought together the top names of Australian mixed martial arts and landed fighters the MMA community want to see. With a highly anticipated middleweight title fight and fighters of the calibre of Gustavo Falciroli and Rodolfo Marques to name a few, we are set for one massive event. Get ready for all the action of AFC7 on December 14 at 2pm Australian Eastern time from the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington. All the action will be streamed live around the world via www.epicentre.tv on an online stream. Fans will be able to access the stream from the AFC website by going to http://afcmma.com.au
In the US viewing will commence at 7pm Pacific and 10pm Eastern standard time on Friday 13th December.
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