XFC 32 – Wrap up & Post Fight Interviews
XFC 32 – Australia’s MMA talent on display for a big crowd
Over 1500 people were packed into the Logan Metro Arena in Brisbane on Saturday night. With the “State of Origin” crown up for grabs, the crowd were treated to a fine display of mixed martial arts. And straight from the jump, the night started with a massive bang. Debutante Jack Gibbs landed a left hook with thunder on it to win KO of the night honors in 27 seconds.
XFC 32 – State of Origin – Highlight of the night!The XFC 32 highlight of the night went to Jack Gibbs and his Knockout in the first round, of the very first fight of the night! As the crowd was still rolling in, Gibbs set the scene for the night, with a crisp left hook, which dropped his opponent. A few follow up punches put an exclamation on the stoppage! All fighters are seen to immediately after each fight and medically cleared. Props to both fighters for getting in the cage to test themselves, and to entertain their fans.All "Of the night" award winners, receive a Fighter pack from Fighters Worldwide Clothing, and their own custom mouth guard from Brisbane Mouthguards!Integrated Mma Hq, Integrated MMA HQ, Adrian Pang
Posted by XFC on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Next, an impressive amateur light heavyweight fight really sparked the crowd alive with an amazing battle of heart, leaving no man the loser. And the judges were split in their decision as were most of the crowd. Auryn Parmley defeated Alex Hong but no one lost – was my fight of the night!
Following the close call, came a title bout in the amateur flyweight division. This match-up featured 2 extremely qualified amateurs and a great fight ensued, ultimately leaving Darren Habben the winner and new champion. In particular, this was an extremely proud moment for him as he had already fought for two XFC amateur titles before winning on his hat trick try.
Stare downs in small places
The next battle was as tense as it was at the weigh ins between Tom Nolan and Joshua Francois. In the back corridor, leading up to the fight, Francois was pacing up and down eyeballing his opponent with an aggressive look on his face. Once it was Tom’s turn to walk to the cage, Francois continued to stare his opponent down and at one stage blocked the cage door.
The fight begun with a few strikes but it wasn’t long before the 17 year old Nolan had his nemesis on the floor and began to apply his Australian Champion caliber BJJ. From there, it wasn’t long before Joshua was rendered useless. Nolan continued with pressure from strikes and submissions and wore his opponent out. So much in fact, he could not come off his stool to meet the bell for the second round. This won Tom the Ben Quarmby award and captured him the amateur featherweight XFC title.
XFC 32 – State of Origin, Ben Quarmby awardThe XFC Ben Quarmby award, is awarded to the fighter who shows professionalism, sportsmanship, determination and talent – All qualities the late "Undefeated" Ben Quarmby held.XFC 32 showcased the best talent in Australia and New Zealand, and a show where multiple fighters could have been given the award. Tom Nolan, at the age of 17, fulfilled a major goal though, to secure an Australian Amateur title, against a tough opponent, who offered a major challenge not just in the cage but psychologically as well!Tom joins a small group of teenage amateur champions, in Jayden Eynaud (16), Tyson Myles (19) and Ty Duncan (18), and we are confident this wont be the last title Tom "Big Train" Nolan walks away with!All "Of the night" award winners, receive a Fighter pack from Fighters Worldwide Clothing, and there own custom mouth guard from Brisbane Mouthguards!
Posted by XFC on Monday, November 27, 2017
Australia’s two greatest amateur lightweights unify the XFC title
Connor Birch entered Saturdays nights contest as Australia’s best lightweight amateur and started with a flurry of strikes against his interim champion opponent, David Russell. Russell had won the XFC interim belt in the promotions last outing and wasn’t going to give the chance of holding the real belt up that easily. After being rocked early, Russell showed incredible composure and class to take his opponent to the ground. From there, the “Smiling Assassin” worked his Jiu Jitsu to the back of Birch and sunk in a deep RNC. For less than one round of action, these 2 lads showed why the future of Australian MMA looks bright. This fight looked like a high level professional contest and we are sure to hear about these warriors in the future.
Blink and you will miss it
Next up. A bruising affair for eventual winner Alan Happy Hartley, he stopped Team Compton/ Intergrated MMA debutant Matt Seden via TKO in the first round. Many in the crowd thought it was an early stoppage as Seden was covering up and bucking however, was caught in full mount for around 90 seconds. I personally thought it should of been extended a little further as Seden was intelligently defending himself. Nevertheless, the Wyallah, South Australia native was ecstatic with his first round win and couldn’t wait to step in the cage again soon.
Later, Brooke Kendrick took out Muay Thai specialist Leigha Aurisch in the very first round via Kimura. Kendrick started quickly, hitting Aurisch with a hard right sending her all the way to the other side of the cage. From there, she took her opponent down and softened Leigha up a bit before catching her in a kimura against the fence. This was Kendricks professional debut and looked the goods. One to watch out for.
XFC 32 ‘s fight of the night
When Paul Loga was scheduled to fight Greg Penaloza, everyone in town knew this was the fight to watch. And they didn’t disappoint. The first round was a closely contested battle with both men throwing thunderous kicks and connecting with hard shots to the face with combinations, a round in which at the end of you could see the ring rust showing on Penaloza after a 3 year lay off. But even though the Intergrated MMA trained Penaloza was gassed he was not about to stop moving forward. And this provided the backbone for the fight of the night. The 2 men exchanged on their feet for the majority of the final 10 minutes in what was a battle of atrocity. One in which Paul Loga would stand up and take unanimously. With this sort of test passed, I expect to see a title run in Loga’s future.
XFC 32 – State of Origin – Fight of the nightThe toughest decision of the night was to pick the Fight of the night! You couldnt go past Paul Loga vs Grego Peñaloza though and their epic 3 round flyweight war!Both boys threw leather for a solid 3 rounds, showcasing technical striking and grappling through out! With Loga returning from injury, and Penaloza returing from a lay off, both men made the most of the opportunity, and put on the Fight of the night, and possibly Fight of the year!All "Of the night" award winners, receive a Fighter pack from Fighters Worldwide Clothing, and their own custom mouth guard from Brisbane Mouthguards!
Posted by XFC on Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Main card delivers
Up next was an all important Womens Strawweight match up and it certainly didn’t disappoint. New Zealand’s Hera “Nytmare” Terati took on local rising star Nicole Szepesvary and the scrap that ensued was amazing. Ice Cold Nicole was on an unbeaten 6 fight win streak. And this included 4 amateur and 2 professional wins while boasting the longest undefeated record of any woman fighting in Australia. The full 3 rounds and judges scorecards were needed to decide the winner of this one however, it was clear in the end that the Nytmare had secured a unanimous decision. With the win, she is in a perfect spot to get another shot at the title. One she fell short of reaching in her last outing at the Logan Metro Arena.
Small stands tall, Kendrick chokes Callaghan
In another bruising affair, Brisvegas local Jackson Small got a split decision over Australian Top Teams Josh Toga. A fight in which both men were dropped and could have been called either way by the judges. However, Small was seemingly rewarded for his forward pressure in the final round and gave the Sydney local his first professional loss.
In the co-main event, another ATT standout Joel Kendrick took on local Craig Callaghan. After being dropped early in round 1, Kendrick survived the barrage Callaghan brought and composed himself in between rounds. In the second, Kendrick nailed Callaghan with a big shot and almost put him away. However, the Intergrated MMA local showed he had been put in bad positions before and worked his way out of it. Eventually, Kendrick got the fight to the ground where he impressively transitioned from choke to choke. And with only one second remaining in the second round, he got the tap via guillotine. After the fight, in a post fight interview with myself, he mentioned he was looking to take on Callaghan’s team mate and XFC lightweight champion Issac Hardman.
Ladies and Gentleman, Matt The Viper Vaile
When Matt Vaile stepped into the cage on Saturday night, it was not against his originally intended opponent. An injury to Glen Pettigrew forced him out of his contest with the Hamilton native. However, his teammate, Joel Fahey, stepped up on a little more than a weeks notice to save the main event. Fahey enjoyed a little bit of early success when he took the back of Vaile however, this was about all the shine “The Viper” let the Brisbane local have. Vaile proved he is UFC ready by outclassing his opponent with constant combinations, pressure and class. Unfortunately, Fahey suffered an injury and could not come off his stool to answer the bell for the second round. This became Matt Vaile’s fourth consecutive XFC welterweight title defense and possibly the one that punches his ticket to the UFC as well.
Ultimately, it was an amazing night of fights. And I cannot wait to go back for XFC 34 some time in February. Don’t forget XFC has a New Zealand card this weekend in Dunedin. And check back later in the week for more results from there.
XFC 32 – State of Origin – Jay Coyne Submissions!Here are all the submission finishes from XFC 32, as we remember the late Jay Coyne! From many close calls and near taps, to fight finishing moves and going to sleep, XFC 32 had it all!
Posted by XFC on Wednesday, November 29, 2017
XFC 32 Take Aways
Matt Vaile moves to 9-1 – five time XFC Welterweight Champion and must be tested in the UFC now
David Russell unifies the amateur lightweight title becoming the undisputed champion
Jack Gibbs has amazing amateur debut and won via devastating KO in under 30 seconds – KO of the night
Darren Habben wins amateur flyweight title becoming a champ on his third attempt proving persistence pays off
Paul Loga and Greg Penaloza have an absolute barn burner and win fight of the night honours
Hera “Nytmare” Tamati looks for title shot again after impressive victory over previously undefeated Szepesvary
Jackson Small wins hard fought decision over super talented Josh Togo
Joel Kendrick impresses after being rocked early. He tapped out a sharp Craig Callahan with 1 second on the clock in Round 2
Tom Nolan wins Ben Quarmby award for winning and showing class
Auryn Parmley and Alex Hong put on Wombat’s Fight of the night
XFC 32 – Quick Results Look
Matt Vaile def Joel Fahey KO/TKO, 5:00 R1
Joel Kendrick def Craig Callaghan Sub, 4:59 R2
Jackson Small def Josh Togo Split Dec
Jayden Eynaud def Michael McDaniel KO/TKO, 1:04 R1
Hera Tamati def Nicole Szepesvary Unanimous Dec
Paul Loga def Greg Penaloza Unanimous Dec
Brooke Kenrick def Leigha Aurisch Sub, 1:50 R1
Alan Hartley def Matt Seden KO/TKO, R1
David Russell def Connor Birch Sub, R1
Tom Nolan def Joshua Francois KO/TKO, 3:00 R1
Darren Habben def Hayden Harbutt Unanimous Dec
Auryn Parmley def Alex Hong Split Dec
Rasa Dasa def Johnny Borg Sub, R2
Jack Gibbs def Lewis Ashton KO/TKO, R1