The principle occasion stole the present at Everlasting 59 on Friday evening with Tasmanian fighter Shaun “Buzzsaw” Etchell taking house the Everlasting bantamweight title with a unanimous resolution victory over the earlier champ, Sam Hibberd.
Within the course of, Etchell made Everlasting MMA historical past, changing into the primary fighter to win titles in two separate weight divisions.
Each fighters have been desirous to get going as they met within the centre of the cage. The transitions have been quick and fixed all through the five-round bout, damaged up just for each to battle for place towards the cage. Hibberd was profitable early with takedown makes an attempt however Etchell wasn’t having any of it the bottom battle and instantly appeared to flee again to his ft.
Regardless of being the smaller fighter, Etchell managed the gap properly and began to combine it to the physique within the second spherical. Within the third spherical, he landed a takedown of his personal and instantly appeared to take the again. Hibberd escaped, landed a takedown of his personal, and attacked with a head-lock of his personal.
Within the fourth spherical, Hibberd got here near stealing the combat as he appeared to lock up a good anaconda choke. Etchell stayed calm and saved a spot there to cease it from locking utterly. In a busy ending to the spherical, Etchell escaped, received full mount, and shortly after was attacking with a triangle late within the spherical.
The tempo didn’t cease within the ultimate spherical. Hibberd landed extra takedowns, together with to side-control however just for Etchell to flee earlier than any important injury was obtained. Etchell went for an anaconda choke of his personal late within the combat however Hibberd escaped and the 2 completed it exchanging strikes.
It was a shut-out on two of the judges’ scorecards with Etchell claiming the title 50-45, 50-45, 49-46.
Etchell was requested how felt changing into the primary Everlasting champion to win title belts in two completely different division and didn’t mince phrases, saying his was now coming again for the flyweight belt in order that he can maintain them concurrently.
“Stephen Erceg, you weasel. I’ve received this one [bantamweight title] and I’m coming again to get mine [flyweight title].”
Etchell captured the flyweight title with a win over Tim Moore approach again at Everlasting 6 whereas Erceg is your present Everlasting flyweight titleholder.
Earlier than he can stake a declare on the flyweight title towards, Etchell can be compelled to attend with Erceg scheduled to defend the flyweight title towards Paul Loga at Everlasting 60 subsequent month in Perth.
In a global bout, French fighter Kevin Jousset from Metropolis Kickboxing in Auckland got here up towards Sydney-based Iranian Saeid Fatahifar and it might be Jousset who would stroll away from the cage the victor.
Each completed grapplers although it was the French fighter who utilised it higher contained in the cage, throwing Fatahifar a number of instances all through the competition. Unable to maintain Fatahifar on the bottom, it took till the third spherical for Jousset to take management of the competition. A powerful proper landed simply as Fatihifar got here ahead. It rocked the Iranian and allowed Jousset to unload with additional strikes. Fatahifar, now bleeding profusely, had his again taken however even whereas defending, might have outstruck his opponent with quick strikes within the ultimate moments of the competition.
The official scorecards got here again 29-27, 29-28, and 28-28 for almost all resolution victory.
Kaan Ofli and Rod Costa placed on an entertaining back-and-forth battle within the featherweight division with the native fighter, Ofli doing sufficient to stroll away with the unanimous resolution. Costa was profitable together with his takedown makes an attempt all through the competition, however couldn’t maintain Ofli on the bottom lengthy sufficient to do something with them. On his ft, Ofli landed the higher strikes, although the Brazilian did have profitable durations of his personal whereas on his ft.
One decide gave it a considerably shocking 30-27 with the opposite two scoring it 29-28, all for Ofli.
Justin Van Heerden shut out his opponent to win a unanimous resolution victory towards his opponent Michael Barber. Van Heerden overcame some extent deduction within the second spherical attributable to an unlawful knee to a downed opponent to assert the choice 29-27 on all three decide’s playing cards.
- Shaun Etchell def. Sam Hibberd through Determination (Unanimous) – Everlasting bantamweight title
- Kevin Jousset def. Saeid Fatahifar through Determination (Majority)
- Kaan Ofli def. Rod Costa through Determination (Unanimous)
- Justin Van Heerden def. Michael Barber through Determination (Unanimous)
- Joey Luciano def. Blake Sheppeard through Submission (Rear-Bare Choke), Rd 3, 1:45
- Josh Grove def. Jean Alexander through Determination (Unanimous)
- Jacinta Austin def. Lisa Kyriacou through Determination (Unanimous)
- Nick Subject def. Cam Sinclair through TKO (Strikes), Rd 1, 0:31
- Daniel Mitchell def. Mal McDowell through Determination (Unanimous)