Australian Fighting Championship
14/12/2013 14:00 AEST
The Australian Fighting Championship is about to roll out their 7th instalment 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.