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Australia’s premier mixed martial arts promotion,
CFC, featured at Luna Park’s Big Top arena on Friday December 9 for the much
anticipated CFC 19 Falciroli vs Honstein event – and it didn’t let fans
In the main event, the CFC Bantamweight belt-holder Gustavo Falciroli defeated Nick Honstein by arm triangle at 3.14 into the second round to retain his title.
The fight was fought at an explosive pace and saw plenty of heated striking exchanges and slick grappling by the talented BJJ black belts. Falciroli was the more aggressive on the floor and looked like he might finish Honstein in the first round after taking his back, but “Quick” Nick gamely saw out the round.
After copping some solid shots from Honstein early
in the second, Falciroli asserted his dominance on the mat and sunk in a vicious
arm triangle which quickly put the challenger for the 135-pound title to
“I will fight anywhere for the CFC,” announced Falciroli after the fight. “I love Australia. I love to fight.”
Former UFC and PRIDE fighter Soa Palelei fought Matt Walker in the co-main event of the evening, and finished him in just 16 seconds. Palelei dropped Walker with a perfect left hook in the opening exchange and Walker was out before he hit the canvas.
Robert Whitaker defeated a spirited Ian Bone by a TKO stoppage in the second round of their welterweight matchup. The fight looked like it could go either way up until that point, but Whitaker’s ground and pound pressure proved too much for the seasoned Queenslander.
Kiwi Sam Thomas defeated Aussie Steve Brown in a tightly fought tussle, which saw Brown’s corner throwing in the towel before he could come out for the third. Up until that point, both fighters looked evenly matched, although Thomas did the more visible damage – cutting Brown badly on the forhead with an elbow.
Heavyweights Marcelo Altieri and Ben Lewis put on a bloody exhibition for fans, with plenty of back and forth grappling on the mat. The Brazilian, Altieri, finished Lewis by TKO halfway through the second round.
Ricky Rea looked the goods against Sonny Brown early on in their welterweight match, but things didn’t go his way. A determined Brown, who looked to be getting out-struck, caught Rea with a hard right cross and quickly jumped on him to finish by rear naked choke.
Despite having UFC veterans Perosh and Sinosic in his corner, Gerhard Voight couldn’t defeat a confident Zein Saliba in their middleweight bout. Voight was on the back foot for much of the fight and was eventually submitted in round two.
James Vainikolo dominated Tassie’s Connor Murphy in the first fight of the night in almost every all departments. Murphy tried hard but was eventually overwhelmed by Vainikolo, losing by TKO to punches in the second round.
by James Cooney
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