Here comes the boom!
On Saturday, September 3rd, 2011 the thunder will be felt down under as Australian Fighting Championship 2 features Belator middleweight champion and human knockout machine Hector Lombard (29-2-1)Headlining against former Ultimate Fighter reality star Jesse Taylor (19-6). The two will clash for the inaugural AFC middleweight championship in a five rounder.
Australia is feeling the mixed martials boom after hosting two successful Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events. UFC 110 landed on the Sydney shores in 2010 and returned with UFC 127 which were both sell outs. This time it looks to bolster local talent on a talent stacked main event like it did with Australian Fighting Championship 1.
Will Australian heavy hitter Hector Lombard crush Jesse Taylor or does the former Ultimate Fighter finalist get a huge win?
For ticket information, visit www.ticketmaster.com.au
Melbourne Sports And Aquatic Centre
Albert Park, VIC Sat 3 Sep 2011, 07:30 PM
Ticket prices: $60AU-$249AU
Hector Lombard returns to Australia to defend his current undefeated streak of 22 which includes wins over Brian Ebersole, Kalib Starnes, Jay Silva, Alexander Shlemenko, Joe Doerksen and Falaniko Vitale. He also has never lost a fight in Australia but has one draw and one no contest. He won and defended the Cage Fighting Championship middleweight title seven times.
Lombard aims to add the AFC middleweight championship to his Bellator and CFC middleweight championship resume. It's no doubt why many consider Lombard the best middleweight NOT in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. To put it into perspective, His last loss came at the hands of highly regarded Gegard Mousasi at PRIDE Bushido 13 in 2006.
Jesse Taylor is best known for his crazy antics which have cost him dearly in the eyesof fight fans. Taylor, was a member of season seven of the Ultimate Fighter: Griffin vs. Rampage. He defeated good friend Tim Creduer to advance to the finals.
One too many wobbly pops later and Taylor became a scene all onto himself. He kicked a rented limo window out, scared some female patrons and began yelling at hotel security that he was a 'UFC fighter' in an aggressive manner.
Dana White made a bold but widely praised decision and removed Taylor from the finals. The behaviour was unacceptable before a big fighta nd more importantly to give mixed martial arts a clean name and advised him to "go home, get your fucking life together, fucking call me in a few months."
Jesse Taylor did that and fought at UFC: Silva vs. Irvin and lost by Peruvian necktie to TUF 7 runner-up CB Dollaway. With issues about the validity of his time with AA, he was once again let go by the biggest fight promotion.
Since, his loss to Dollaway he has racked up W's against Drew Fickett, Jason Day, Murillo Bustamante, Tom 'Kong' Watson and Denis Kang.
Could beating the Bellator middleweight champion and claiming the AFC middleweight title get him another crack in the UFC, Maniacs'?