Australia's most established promotion, Cage Fighting Championships, put on it's 20th card on the Gold Coast last night. Famous Australian fighters such as James Te Huna, Bernardo Magalhaes, Kyle Noke and Hector Lombard are all CFC veterans and a few up and coming stars were in action at the Southport Sharks Club.
The main event saw Priscus Fogagnolo putting his 6-1 record on the line against 9-3 Joe Muir in a light heavyweight contest. Fogagnolo's only career loss came at the hands of Te Huna but this time he made no mistake finishing his opponent with ground and pound in the opening round.
Soa Palelei is rapidly establishing himself as Australia's number one heavyweight and the CFC matchmakers decided that he was ready to take on a tough Japanese opponent. Shunsuke Inoue brought plenty of experience into the cage but the Australian showed why he is so highly rated by stopping the Deep veteran in round two, with the referee stepping in to intervene after a ground and pound onslaught.
Magalhaes made his UFC debut 10 days ago and there were a number of outstanding Australian lightweights on display at CFC 20. Jai Bradney was up against unbeaten American Eric Gerber in what had been expected to be a very close and competitive contest.
Bradney has faced some tough opponents throughout his career but was able to register win number 15 against the well rounded American with the most spectacular finish of the night, a head kick KO after just 80 seconds of the first round.
Ben Wall does not have as much experience as Bradney but the unbeaten 22 year old is regarded as one of the top 155 lb prospects in Australia with a 5-0-1 professional record. He was up against 7-3 Robert Lisita in a match which was extremely significant for the CFC lightweight division.
In the end it was Wall who prevailed to extend his unbeaten record to 6-0-1 and cement his status as a challenger for the lightweight belt which is currently held by Magalhaes, who is unlikely to defend it unless his UFC contract comes to an end.
In the evening's other lightweight clash Greg Atzori improved to 10-2 with a TKO win over Josh Payne in the opening round while in the 205 lbs division Igor Lokteff improved his perfect professional record to 6-0 with a TKO win over Adam Sarkis and Dylan Andrews moved up to 14-4 after Steve Thomas was unable to continue at the end of round one.
Priscus Fogagnolo def. Joe Muir via TKO R1 ref stoppage.
Soa Palelei def. Shunsuke Inoue via TKO R2 ref stoppage
Jai Bradney def. Eric Gerber via KO head kick. 80s into first round.
Ben Wall def. Rob Lisita via unanimous decision.
Dylan Andrews def. Steve Thomas via TKO. Thomas unable to continue after R1
Greg Atzori def. Josh Payne R1 TKO ref stoppage
Igor Lokteff def. Adam Sarkis R1 TKO ref stoppage
Callum Lewis def. Guy Hennequin via RNC R1
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