Phuket Top Team’s Aden Baron angles for momentum with win over Joel Fisher at AFC 8

Aden Baron took up MMA after an invitation to a one-night Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class, and as he slowly uncovered the whole sport, his competitive nature drove him to eventually take up fighting as a career.

And as the young and hungry Aussie embarks on just his second pro MMA appearance at AFC 8 next week, he believes there’s more than just a victory at stake.

The 20-year-old underlined the importance of getting victories early and starting careers on a high – not just for the sake of amassing eye-catching records, but for what it can do to fighters mentally as well.

“It’s definitely important to rack up those wins and and have an undefeated record since I think confidence is such a vital part of fighting,” Baron told Fight Sport Asia. It does a lot to make a fighter think he’s the best and keeps that success coming.

He certainly makes a great point. After all, famed fighters like Jose Aldo and Demetrious Johnson among others have all had relatively upbeat starts to their careers.

And well, Baron hopes to do just that at the expense of Joel Fisher at AFC 8. The Australian makes his first promotional appearance in Australian Fighting Championship after a successful pro MMA debut in October last year, where he picked up an impressive first round Armbar submission victory.

“It’s great to get a fight in AFC since it is such a great show,” Baron continued. “It means a lot of exposure and finally for the first time, all my family and friends can watch me fight professionally in Australia.”

Aden Baron vs. Joel Fisher, a tussle between two of the best young fighters in Australia right now.

Aden Baron vs. Joel Fisher, a tussle between two of the best young fighters in Australia right now.

Fisher, a year ago, made the transition to Mixed Martial Arts from Muay Thai, where he’s had over fifty bouts. Both his pro MMA fights have come under the AFC banner thus far, with his last outing ending in a Unanimous Decision victory over Aussie veteran Zach Hook.

Although Baron is vary and cautious about his opponent’s striking style, he has no qualms when it comes to the classic ‘stand and bang’ cliché himself. Prior to his triumph in October, he partook in multiple kickboxing contests, which helped refine his striking abilities.

But he does admit there might be a grappling weakness that he hopes to expose come fight night.

“Joel Fisher is from Melbourne, a Muay Thai fighter, and was ranked 1 or 2 in Australia,” Baron added. “And he has now just turned to MMA, so obviously his strength would be his stand-up and I would say his ground game has holes.”

Baron, who also trains at Gracie Shark in Australia, fights out of Phuket Top Team in Thailand, where he continues to further diversify his game by working significantly on his wrestling and grappling, in order to become the complete MMA fighter he yearns to be.

He handed out quick mentions to his team mates Brad Terrey and Rob Lisita, who he says have aided him in his growth as a fully fledged Mixed Martial Artist.

He believes that his quality training partners will only help take his career to the next level too.

“I split my time between Phuket Top Team and Gracie Shark on the Central Coast, and it’s been coming along really well,” Baron concluded. “PTT (Phuket Top Team) has helped me so much. Being able to train full time is one thing, but training full time with elite wrestling, MMA, BJJ and striking guys is completely different. I would say I made the most progress with my wrestling and striking, with all the awesome Thai coaches in Thailand.”

“It’s good to have a couple of Aussies around at PTT that get where you’re coming from, and Brad Terrey and Rob (Lisita) are always there to give me advice so it’s really good to have that support.”


Aden Baron (1-0) takes on Joel Fisher (1-1) in a battle of Bantamweight starlets at AFC 8 next week, February 22nd, at the Melbourne Pavilion in Victoria, Australia.

The event features a riveting Lightweight headliner between former UFC vet Bernado Magalhaes (12-3) and Nick Patterson (12-4), and a co-main event that’ll see Alex Volkanovski (4-1) contest Nova Uniao’s Rodolfo Marques (15-3-1) at 145-lbs.

Click here to check out the full line-up for AFC 8.

Photo credit: Aden Baron


Thinesh John is a Singapore-based MMA writer. You can check out some of his work over on Follow him (@ThineshJohnMMA), and be sure keep up with the latest Asian MMA news from on Twitter (@FightSportAsia) and Facebook


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