What a weekend.
This blog may seem a little biased, but seeing as I am the Promoter of Eternal MMA it must be expected.
March 2nd saw the debut of Eternal MMA at its new Perth home, the HBF Stadium. 1500 people packed into the beautiful arena for a massive 20 fight card. All fights were super evenly matched, pat on the back to the matchmakers, and the crowd was treated to a quality night of Australian MMA. There were some celebrities in attendance also, such as UFC number 4 ranked featherweight Alex ‘The Great” Volkanovski, as well as Nic Nat and a couple of other Eagles alongside Bradley Hill and some Dockers. The atmosphere was amazing and smiles were to be seen on the faces of the crowd, the officials and the fighters.
It was the realization of a personal goal for me. I don’t do things by halves and I wanted to bring big nights out for the Perth MMA community. That includes the fighters, the fans and those that work so hard behind the scenes to make the shows a success. A big night out it was.
The fights delivered too. In the main event Mitch Martin made short work of Kairin Moses to defend his belt for an Eternal MMA record 4th time. Moses came to fight and the two boys engaged in a game of rockem’ sockem’ robots. Both of them throwing and landing heavy shots early. Martin pursued the takedown and was able to snatch the rear naked choke with a few seconds remaining in the first stanza. Exciting times for Mitch Martin as he continues to win and climb towards the top of the rankings.
Dan Jones remained undefeated against his toughest test yet, winning a decision against veteran Rodolfo Marques. All in all a cracking card from top to bottom and a great way for Eternal to kick off 2019.
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Earlier this week there was also a big announcement from Cage Warriors CEO Graham Boylan, The show that saw Conor Mcgregor, Michael Bisping, Dan Hardy, Ross Pearson and Joanna Jedrzejczyk all find their way to the UFC, is coming to Australia. The promotion is committed to developing the region and getting some ANZAC talent into the UFC. Exciting times are ahead for our athletes and it is great to see that the success our guys and girls have been experiencing has made the top promotions sit up and take notice. It really is a shot in the arm for all those fighters at the top of the food chain here, being able to ply their trade with the eyes of the wider MMA world upon them.
In other big news, on the back of another great XFC event, promoter Matt Walton announced the sale of the show to none other than Wombat Jones. I wish them both all the success in the world for their future endeavors. Matt has given lots of local fighters and beyond plenty of opportunities to do what they love and I know how hard it can be to promote a show so tip my hat to him.