Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) 22 Results And Recap
Article courtesy of Wayne Carl of NickPortellaMMA.com and MMA Freaks
The Melbourne Pavilion is the place to be for MMA in Victoria. The venue is set and the cage is ready! Tonight, the AFC (Australian Fighting Championships) takes center stage! Ex UFC fighters Anton Zafir and Steve Kennedy feature in this excellent MMA night of fights. Both the Middleweight and Welterweight AFC titles are on the line tonight. The night kicks off at 5.00 PM with an amateur event presented by the AAMMMA (Australian Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Association).
A 9 fight amateur card, followed by a 7-fight professional card.
Each fight, their significant moments, and results below:
Zoe Sheppard vs Linda Hafoka
** Hafoka looks a lot more accomplished on her feet.
** Sheppard charging and certainly is game.
** Leg kicks traded.
** Hafoka a lot cleaner on her feet.
Win to Linda Hafoka by decision.
Shane Smith vs Mahesh Fernando
** Smith with great leg kicks.
** Knees from Smith.
** Octagon control for Smith.
** Takedown attempt for Mahesh (game fighter).
** Takedown for Smith.
Win to Shane Smith Majority decision.
Michael Cianciaruso vs Josh Vanderveen
** Strong fast start from Michael.
** Attempted takedown Josh.
** Michael top control.
** leg kicks from Josh.
** Takedown Michael.
Win to Michael Cianciaruso by majority decision.
Mark Hesterman vs Matt Parry
** Matt takedown lands in top control.
** Knees from Mark.
** Takedowns from Matt.
** Even first two rounds.
** Mark lands a perfect right hand 21 seconds into the third and folds him.
Win to Mark Hesterman by TKO.
Spencer Chan vs Sandeep Barme
** Strong leg kick start to Spencer.
** Takedown Sandeep.
** Reversal Spencer – slick.
** Kimura attempt by Spencer and he lands it.
Win to Spencer Chan via submission (kimura).
Zach Madrid vs Mitchell Brunton
** Even start.
** Great hands Mitchell.
** Zach trying to gain octagon control.
** Takedown Mitchell.
** Another takedown and top control Mitchell.
Win to Mitchell Brunton via majority decision.
Jodi Hayward vs Chantal Humberstone
** Chantal comes out hard.
** Takedown Chantel.
** Great hand combos Chantal.
** One sided start- looks a mismatch.
** Chantal on another level.
** Jodi game as they come.
** Heavy hands Chantel.
** The fight is stopped.
Win to Chantal Humberstone via TKO.
Fight 8 Co-Main Amateur Event:
Jordan Andrewartha vs Pat De Domenico
** The big guys come out swinging hard.
** lots of grappling against the cage.
** Great right-hand Jordan.
** Takedown Jordan.
** Reversals and scrabbles.
** Takedown Jordan.
** Bulldog choke Pat.
** Strong finish for Pat.
Win to Jordan Andrewartha by majority points.
Fight 9 Main Amateur Event:
Ben Patching vs David Pau’uvale
** Hard knee from Ben.
** David swinging hard.
** Ben wanting to grapple.
** David charging forward.
** Ben secures the takedown.
** Messy takedown
** Ben locks in a kimura. Stands over to up the pressure.
** Tap out.
Win to Ben Patching via submission (kimura).
Professional Card AFC22:
Anthea Paton (0-1) vs Caitlin McEwan (3-0)
XFC Australian Top Team Paton vs Stockade MMA McEwan.
Highly rated Paton trying to secure a first professional win against an undefeated McEwan.
** Quick takedown McEwan.
** Side mount McEwan.
** Head and arm triangle attempt.
** Dominate round 1 for McEwan.
** Paton stronger, McEwan looks slick on the ground.
** Second round Paton stuffing takedowns.
** Big slam to shake a triangle attempt.
** Fantastic kickboxing Paton.
** The fight has completely changed as Paton’s stand-ups on another level.
** More of the same in the third.
** McEwan trying to takedowns but has tired badly after a strong start.
** Paton lighting her up on the feet.
Win to Anthea Paton, amazing comeback after a tough first round.
Phil Warwicker (1-0) vs Cam Dempsey (pro debut)
** Fast start and a takedown to Warwicker.
** Dempsey triangle attempt.
** Elbows from Warwicker.
** Leg lock attempt Dempsey.
** Full mount and heavy ground and pound Warwicker.
** Dempsey tired.
** Takedown Warwicker.
** Side control Warwicker.
** Attempted head kick ends in a slip by Dempsey.
** Warwick lands on top and locks in a kimura.
Win to Phil Warwicker by submission (kimura) round 2.
Dane Beeby (2-3) vs Darcy Balbas (0-0)
** Fast start by both competitors.
** Balbas pushing forward.
** Takedown and top control Beeby.
** Beeby gaining octagon control.
** Balbas comes out with leg kicks in the second.
** Balbas cut.
** Head kick by Beeby.
** Another takedown for Beeby.
** Elbows from top control Beeby.
** Beeby up 2-0
** Balbas comes on strong, swinging from the fences.
** takedown Beeby.
** Beeby locks in a rear naked choke.
Win to Dane Beeby via submission (rear naked choke) round 3.
Steve “The Steamrolla” Kennedy (24-8) vs Reza Almasi (5-3)
Ex UFC fighter Steve Kennedy takes on a late minute replacement Reza Almasi.
** Takedown by Almasi.
** Kennedy works immediately from the bottom.
** Kennedy locks in a triangle, he is on another level.
Win to Steve “The Steamrolla” Kennedy via submission (Triangle) round1.
Alex “The God” Simon (0-0) vs Lio Ilalia (1-0)
Many in attendance have come to see Australia’s strongest man make his professional debut.
The crowd is up and about, is the hype real?
** IIalia comes out and lands a kick.
** Simon walk straight through it and hunts his opponent.
** Simon lands a few stiff punches and IIalia is down.
** A couple of ground punches for good measure and the referee steps in.
Win to Alex “The God” Simon via KO within 11 seconds.
The Co-Main Event is here!
The vacant Middleweight AFC title is on the line.
Stu “Tumbleweed” Dare (8-5) vs Glenn “Teddy Bear” Sparv (15-4)
** Can the Tasmanian defeat the world-class fighter from Finland.
** Early takedown Sparv.
** Both fighting at close range- close to in the pocket!
** Dare knocked down.
** Sparv in top control.
** Knees via Sparv, dominates the first round.
** Leg kicks Sparv, Finland fighter in control.
** Takedown completed by Sparv.
** Heavy ground and pound Sparv.
** Much the same in round 3.
** Sparv gets another takedown.
** Sparv raining down elbows and punches.
** The referee steps in at 2.16 of round 3.
Win to Glenn “Teddy Bear” Sparv #AND NEW Middleweight AFC Champion.
The Main Event is here!
The Welterweight AFC title is on the line.
Anton “The Professor” Zafir (8-3) vs Theo Christakos (8-2) (Current Brace Champion).
** Feeling out process from both men.
** Great movement from both men.
** Zafir takes his back.
** Locks in a rear naked choke.
** Switches to top control.
** Very slick work from ex-UFC fighter Zafir.
** Dominate display Zafir for most of the round.
** One mistake and Zafir leaves himself open.
** Christakos with his only real moment in the fight locks in a choke.
** AND Zafir taps ……. WOW!
Win to Theo Christakos #ANDNEW Welterweight AFC champion.
What a night of fights!
Thanks for the hospitality AFC …….