Jake Matthews and Bec Rawlings to lead the locals.
There may be a continual battle between Australia and Samoa as to who can really lay claim to the hard-hitting crowd favourite Mark Hunt, but there’ll be no questioning the alegencies of several of the Aussie stars of the undercard for UFC Fight Night Brisbane this Sunday.
Australia’s onslaught of six fighters for the night will be led by none other than rising stars Jake Matthews and Bec Rawlings, but there will be plenty of other True Blue talent on show at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in the build up to Hunt vs Mir UFC Fight Night Brisbane.
Twenty-one-year-old Victorian Matthews, boasting a pro MMA record of 10-1, stopped Akbarh Arreola (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of round two at UFC 193 and will be facing American Jonny Case.
Former Olympian Daniel Kelly, 38, who won a three-round unanimous decision over Steve Montgomery at UFC 193, will be taking on Brazillian Antonio Carlos Junior, while Tasmanian Rawlings, who featured in The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale against Heather Jo Clark, will be lining up against Seohee Ham (South Korea).
In FS1 prelim bouts, Aussie Brendan O’Reilly will meet American Alan Jouban, while compatriot Rich Walsh is up against Viscardi Andrade of Brazil. The whole event kicks off earlier that day with the Early Prelims, with Damien Brown featuring against Brazil’s Alan Patrick.
Indeed, there’s never been a better time to be an Aussie MMA fan in Australia. Click here for the full UFC Fight Night Brisbane card.