by Clinton MacDonald for MMAWeekly.com
Returning to Sydney’s Luna Park for their sixth show, Australia’s Cage Fighting Championship (CFC) has put together what may be the most stacked MMA card in the country’s history.
The event will feature the first elimination tournament that CFC have held, pitting four of the most talented lightweight fighters in the country against each other to determine who the best 155-pound fighter in Australia is.
The tournament participants consist of Australian journeyman Ian Schaffa, who will be looking to bounce back in his native land after back-to-back losses under the Japanese K-1 Heroes and Sengoku brands. Despite having lost his last two fights, Schaffa comes in as the most experienced of the four having faced tough competition in his international career such as Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Caol Uno.
Rob Hill returns to enter the tournament after his very impressive TKO victory over Dennis Kelly at Cage Fighting Championship 5. Hill looked brutally efficient against Kelly, finishing him with an impressive barrage of ground and pound, Hill will no doubt look to continue this as he tries to make his way through this line up.
Adrian Pang will be moving up a weight class to enter this tournament as he looks to move in to further his international career. Pang will be bringing his fast submissions to the mix, as he, like Schaffa will be debuting for CFC after a stint in various bouts around Australia and New Zealand.
To round out the four fighters is CFC standout (and the only fighter with an undefeated record to be entering the tournament) in Bernardo Trekko. Trekko is considered to be one of the best lightweight fighters in the country and will be looking to prove that in what will be his toughest challenge to date.
Alongside the lightweight tournament, CFC has three international super fights. Anthony Perosh will be returning to action and bouncing back after a loss and some tough luck with injury, as he faces Team Quests Brian Harper. Harper gets the opportunity to build himself by facing one of Australia’s best. He will get a tough test in Perosh who has faced fighters such as Jeff Monson in the UFC and is one of the best BJJ practitioners in Australia.
Brian Ebersole returns at a new weight class, debuting at welterweight. Ebersole battled CFC middleweight champion Hector Lombard at CFC #5. Ebersole unfortunately sustained an injury against Lombard, but proved his toughness as he still made it to the forth round against the reigning middleweight champion. Ebersole gets a fresh start, but against another tough CFC welterweight champion in Shane Nix. Nix has finished all of his opponents to date, undefeated in four fights, with only one of these fights has going past the first round. This fight should be an exciting one as both fighters are well rounded and out to prove just how good they are.
Another super fight on the card was to include Jamie Tehuna, someone who carries a big reputation out of the Penrith Elite camp. Jamie broke his hand training and is unable to fight. A replacement could not be found at such late notice so unfortunately for his opponent Antony Rea, fighting out of Team Quest via France, the bout has had to be cancelled.
There is also a very solid undercard that will show case some of Australia’s best up and comers. One such fight features two very impressive warriors who finished their opponents very quickly at CFC #5. The bout will pair Priscus Fogagnolo against Gordon Graf. Graf displayed devastating power in his hands after mauling Carlo LaTorre in his last outing. Fogagnolo has shown a superior ground game in his two CFC bouts, finishing both fights by rear naked choke.
Graf is the more experienced MMA fighter and trains with a great camp that includes Jamie Tehuna. Fogagnolo, an Australian National Judo champion and 2008 Olympic reserve, looks to further his stance as one of the best up and comers in the country. This fight will be a fireworks show as both men are very powerful and hungry to prove how good they are.
Other fights that promoter Luke Pezzutti has said to look out for include Dylan Andrews against Jacob O’Connell. Andrews returns after a short lay off, and O’Connell is moving up to a higher weight class to prove himself.
Cage Fighting Championship 6 “Eliminator” is looks to be an exciting night of fights with a solid international line up and some fired-up newcomers to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats.
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