OFC - Demolition Derby down South!
When dangerous men collide painful things can happen. Brogan Anderson and Mose Afoa will be on a Mixed Martial Arts collision course when they headline the Xtreme Fighting Championship (XFC 38) on Friday night in Mosgiel, Dunedin The scheduled light heavyweight clash sees Anderson (10 wins 3 losses) go in as favourite given his vast experience and recent fight camp preparation at the Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, USA, while Afoa (2-0) goes in with nothing to lose and plenty to gain.
Things took a different turn at the weigh ins though with Afoa coming in 5.4 kilos over the 93kg weight limit. Looking fresh and healthy Anderson (Hammerhead) was unconcerned after weighing in at 92.4kg. “I always wanted to fight at heavyweight,” he said with a cheeky grin. It will be Andersons first fight in just over a year after winning at XFC 33 in Dunedin and the 29-year-old Dunedin based fighter is eager to put on a real show. “It has been unfortunate that I have not been able to fight this year but it has been a really good year of growth and learning so I feel I have made some big improvements and I am looking forward to showing those off,” Anderson said. Anderson agreed the fight carried plenty of risk for a small reward, but long term it was all about putting some wins together. “It has been tough to get fights and he is willing to get in there, so let’s do it.”
Afoa has some genuine knockout power with both wins coming via stoppage and with a decent kickboxing background Anderson said he won’t underestimate him, especially early on. “He has had two really good heavy handed knockout wins and he is a good kicker with some fairly good takedown defence, but I feel I have a better all round game and I will be looking to take him deep and drown him.”
Anderson, who debuted as professional at light heavyweight in 2013 but has not fought there since 2014 said he has enjoyed the luxury of not having to worry about a weight cut, but it is likely to be a one off and middleweight was where he sees his future.
Looking gaunt Afoa (Core MMA/Crossfit OFB) cut a dejected figure when he jumped off the scales.The 27-year-old Otara based fighter said he was coming off a heavyweight kickboxing fight at 112 kg about five weeks ago and the while disappointed he was still looking forward to testing Anderson. “I took this fight because I love fighting and there is no point in taking the easy fights and I am glad I am here.” For Afoa to win it is highly likely he will have to stop Anderson from executing his accomplished ground game. Afoa said he his ground game was “good” and he was ready for the fight on the ground or standing. “I just got to land on his chin and that is it. “The end of the night”.
The fight card features 10 fights. XFC NZ Director/Promotor Matt Toa described it as “a good South Island derby with a cracking main event”. He said Anderson had been putting in the hard work with his striking in Albuquerque and with his southpaw style combined with Afoa’s a big punching orthodox Toa expected “fireworks” and a “contrast of styles”.
Among others the card features Hammerhead fighters from Dunedin and Queenstown, in addition to the notorious and victorious Karl Webber trained Universal Vale Tudo fighters from Christchurch.
When asked Matt Toa exclusively mentioned to New Zealand Fighter the fights he was most excited about included, welterweights Hannu Out (Academy of Combat) verses Jason Kainui (Universal Vale Tudo), Light heavyweights Emilio Munoz (Checkmat BJJ) v James Thompson (Hammerhead Queenstown) and a Hammerhead v Hammerhead Dunedin fight between Ropata Paora and Ryan Tapsell. Toa said all three fights would have plenty of diversity on the feet and on the ground and there was something in the fight night to satisfy all tastes. He said it was the first time in about four years that a full mma card has been held in Dunedin and the plan was to leave it that way and have separate kickboxing fight nights as well.
All amateur bouts will consist of 3x3 with the main being inline with UFC at 5x3.
The first fight gets underway at 6.30 at the sold out Memorial Hall - Mosgiel.