AFC 9 to feature promotion’s first caged event, and two title fights

With the state of Victoria still in the midst of facing Mixed Martial Arts cage ban laws, Australian Fighting Championship will venture into new territory for the very first time with its inaugural caged event at AFC 9, which takes May 17th at the North Albury Football Club in Albury, New South Wales.

AFC 9 is set to commence under a majestic range marquee tent that will hold up to 3,500 fans, with officials dubbing this feat as the ‘biggest mixed martial arts event in Australian history’.

The imposed changes will see fans being treated to a new spectacle. The promotion’s athletes, meanwhile, will have the opportunity to adopt new fighting styles and tactics.

Three stellar contests have already been slated to the event.

Officials recently confirmed the bouts with Fight Sport Asia.

Former Legend FC vet Kai-Kara France (6-3, 1 NC) rematches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Gustavo Falciroli (13-4-2, 1 NC) after an abundant amount of controversy and uncertainty surrounded their tilt at AFC 7, where in the second round, Kara-France collided face first onto a ringside table after falling through the ropes.

Falciroli, however, was adamant with the no-contest result, claiming Kara-France was already out from a knee to the mid-section before he fell through the ropes.

Nonetheless, both fighters will mix it up once again but this time around, the AFC Bantamweight Championship belt will be on the line.

A Welterweight title fight ensues between tourney finalist Corey Nelson (15-5-1) and Callan Potter (6-2). KMA Top Team’s Nelson is widely regarded as one of the country’s top 170-pounders. But just a fortnight ago, he saw his seven-fight winning skid snapped at a Nitro MMA event. Potter, on the other hand, has won five straight, with his most recent outing ending in a spectacular head kick knockout.

Rodolfo Marques (16-3-1) and Alex Volkanovski (4-1) will finally clash as well. Both athletes were initially scheduled to throw down at AFC 8, but the latter fighter, however, was forced to withdraw from the tilt with a serious hand injury. Marques then went on to outclass the gutsy Dean Purdon who stepped in on late notice, but now resets his eyes on ‘The Hulk’ as the Brazilian continues his pursuit for an AFC strap around his waist.

More match-ups in the promotion’s Heavyweight, Welterweight and Featherweight divisions are expected to be announced over the coming weeks, so keep it locked to the site for all the latest with regards to AFC 9.

As it stands, the event’s line-up includes:

  • Kai-Kara France vs. Gustavo Falciroli (For AFC Bantamweight Championship title)
  • Corey Nelson vs. Callan Potter (For AFC Welterweight Championship title)
  • Rodolfo Marques vs. Alex Volkanovski


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Author:Thinesh John

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