Oops We Did It Again.
Once again Eternal MMA delivered the goods. In our 45th outing we delivered a barnburner of a show from top to bottom. A packed house at the fabulous Southport Sharks Club on The Gold Coast bore witness to something very special. This wasn’t just a fight show it was a coming out party for the talent that’s blossoming across this country, the coaches are doing a fine job in gyms all over the place and the fighters are showing off that work. A shout out to the matchmakers too, it takes the right two to tango and did we get some dances last night.
In the main event The Smiling Assasain showed exactly why he is top of the food chain in the lightweight scene right now. He dispatched perennial lightweight title contender Brentin Mumford in round 1 with a hard earned short choke from the back. Mumford peppered Martinez early and threw with his usual devastating power, Martinez smiled it off, remained calm and waited his moment. Once he secured the clinch nervous gasps filled the arena from Team Mumford. Martinez dragged the fight to the ground where he always looked in control. He was patient and eventually, with position consolidated, he began to land hard strikes, Mumford had no option but to defend and that was all the distraction Martinez required to sink in the choke. He moves to 5-0 and having been the underdog in the last 2 fights, will move in to his first defence as a heavy favourite.
The co main saw the emergence of another future star. Stephen Erceg is what one would call a quiet achiever. He has flown under the radar to those not deep in the Australian MMA matrix. He blew onto the scene last night, defeating former Eternal flyweight champ and local favourite Tim Moore. Erceg looked composed throughout and looked comfortable wherever the fight went. He was dominant on the ground controlling Moore for the majority of the fight. In the 3rd round he locked up a head and arm choke and put the hometown boy to sleep, waking up the entire flyweight division in the process. “Astroboy” moves to 4-1 and may well get the next shot at Shannon Ross, Moore’s team mate who was cageside to witness his close friend going to sleep. He would be fired up for the matchup and it, takes a good story, we all love a good story.
Chelsea Hackett made an explosive debut in MMA, the former Muay Thai world champion got a hostile welcome to the cage. Mel Zeman was intent on ruining the party and looked to de rail the Hackett train early. Securing a takedown in the opening sequence after Hackett had been repeatedly warned for cage grabs, she locked an arm bar and it was deep. Hackett looked a bit lost but definitely didn’t look for a way out and managed to tough out the submission attempt which would have finished 90% of fighters. She immediately found herself in a deep triangle and spent a few minutes surviving. Survive she did and then the onslaught on the feet began. Not before a point was deducted for another cage grab, this would prove costly down the stretch. They were on two different levels for the rest of the fight. Hackett showed her calibre as a world class striker, Zeman showed off her toughness and ability to absorb punishment and keep pressing to take the fight to the ground. It was a testament to that toughness that she saw the final bell and as a reward got a draw as the point deduction in her winning round one balanced the score cards out. The local crowd where incensed at the result but I’m sure the bout will do a lot for Chelsea Hackett’s career and she will take many valuable lessons away which will help her as she progresses through the ranks. Zeman gained some fans and a lot of respect too.
Elsewhere, emerging welterweight talent Kevin Jousset looked fearsome in his first round stoppage of Jimmy O’Brien. “Hellbows” put an end to the fight after the Frenchman displayed his world class judo skill set. Naveed Hassanzada put his last razor close loss to Cody Haddon behind him and looked composed and clinical in what was an amazing fight for the purist against Hoani Selwyn. Both boys showed amazing footwork and classy striking skills but Naveed was the cleaner of the 2 fighters and Selwyn threw often but missed often also.
I could go on, but these fights were just a portion of the night where Eternal again proved there is a science to, matchmaking, it’s not just a case of throwing bodies of a similar weight into the cage. When done right you get last night, MMA on the local level at it’s finest.
After 5 shows in 3 months we will take a short break and return to The Sharks Club on July 27th, tickets will be on sale next week.
DAVID MARTINEZ DEFEATS BRENTIN MUMFORD VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) RD1 - 3:27
STEPHEN ERCEG DEFEATS TIM MOORE VIA SUBMISSION (HEAD/ARM CHOKE ) RD3 - 3:15
KEVIN JOUSSET DEFEATS JIMMY O’BRIEN VIA TKO (ELBOWS) RD1 - 2:32
CHELSEA HACKETT VS MEL ZEMAN DECLARED A MAJORITY DRAW
LUKE MACKENZIE DEFEATS SAM DOBB VIA DECISION (UPD)
NAVEED HASSANZADA DEFEATS HOANI SELWYN VIA DECISION (UPD)
BRANDON STOWERS DEFEATS MATT SAYERS VIA DECISION (UPD)
LEVI GONZALES DEFEATS DOM MARFAN VIA KO (PUNCH) - RD1 - 0:10
TASAR MALONE DEFEATS AIDAN FEGAN VIA TKO (PUNCHES) - RD3 - 1:42
ALASTAIR VOLDERS DEFEATS DYLAN HITCHCOX VIA TKO (PUNCHES) - RD1 - 1:43
Eternal MMA Australian Lightweight Champion David "The Smiling Assassin" Martinez (5-0)
Rewind and rewatch David Martinez VS Mike Wilkinson from Eternal MMA 42 in March, in the fight that put david into title contention.
DAVID MARTINEZ VS MIKE WILKINSON - FIGHT VIDEO
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