Complacency fears aside, AFC 8’s Corey Nelson believes he’ll still KO Rick Alchin

What started off as a simple grappling contest has turned into pure hatred between two fighters looking to make their marks on Saturday’s AFC 8 event in Melbourne.

You might have heard about bad blood fights in the past, but don’t for one second overlook this one – these guys genuinely hate each other.

“We grappled at The Ultimate Fighter tryouts and there was initially nothing in it,” Corey Nelson (14-4-1) said, ahead of his scheduled bout with Rick Alchin (6-7) this weekend. “But after that, he (Alchin) was on social media, claiming that he smashed me and he should be in the house because he beat the number one Welterweight in Australia.”

Despite being rejected for the reality series due to some past legal troubles, Nelson, who took up Mixed Martial Arts after watching the epic Stephan Bonnar vs. Forrest Griffin tilt in 2005, was promised a title shot at an AFC event set in May. But the KMA Top Team native didn’t want to be sitting on the sidelines for too long. So when the opportunity to face Alchin popped up, he pounced on it.

“I requested this fight. And I could have sat out and waited till May to fight for the AFC belt, but I didn’t want to wait that long without having a fight,” the 26-year-old continued. “So I thought perfect; I’ll fight Rick Alchin instead.”

On a six fight winning streak with five of those victories ending via stoppage, it hasn’t taken long for Nelson to establish himself as the country’s best Welterweight. After all, with bouts against UFC vets Ben Alloway, Robert Whittaker and Manuel Rodriguez on his resume, Nelson will understandably be seen as a sure-fire favorite against Alchin.

In fact, ‘Major’ is so confident in his abilities that he’s actually willing to give up a percentage of his fight purse if he can’t garner a knockout victory over Alchin on Saturday night.

But Nelson admitted that Alchin may be perhaps a step down in competition, and as such, only complacency will be standing in the way between him and a victory.

“I actually find his whole game to be weak. The only thing he’s got going for him is his strength – he is strong once he has a hold of you,” Nelson explained. “But in saying that, if I’m not on my game, he can walk away with the win. So I can’t afford to be complacent. That’s my biggest fear right now.”

Nelson plies his trade at KMA Top Team, a stable that also houses recent ONE FC signee Martin Nguyen. The 26-year-old was quick to point out the positive atmosphere that surrounds the fighters training there.

“We have a great group of guys that all put in and help each other out when we have fights booked in,” Nelson said. “Training with guys like Martin (Nguyen) is great, because it’s important to have someone else there who is just as hungry as you are and wants to make the fight game a career.”

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AFC 8 features a riveting Lightweight headliner between adopted Australian and former UFC vet Bernardo Magalhaes (12-3) and Nick Patterson (12-4), and a co-main event that’ll see Dean Purdon (4-2) contest Nova Uniao’s Rodolfo Marques (15-3-1) at 145-lbs.

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

Photo credit: Joshua Stebbings, Australian Fighting Championship

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

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