Brace 40: Michael Tobin remains undefeated; submits Ed Arana in main event

Australian promotion Brace made their long awaited return to the Gold Coast on Saturday afternoon in an event that took place at the Southport RSL.

All six fights on the card were quick finishes, with only two fights reaching the second round on the event which was beamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, hometown Judoka specialist, Michael Tobin, made quick work of veteran Edwin Arana, submitting him only 79-seconds into round-one.

Tobin demonstrated superior grappling and strength, rushing in and taking Arana down early. Arana struggled to his feet, but was brought back down with a judo throw from Tobin. During a brief grappling exchange Tobin was able to catch Arana in an armbar submission, forcing his opponent to tap.

With the win, the 23-year-old Tobin progresses in the bantamweight tournament and remains undefeated, taking his record to an impressive 11-0.

The co-main event was contested between Team Integrated’s Alex MacDonald, and Five Rings Dojo representative Guy Yoshimitsu. The bout began as a back-and-forth battle with Yoshimitsu securing an early takedown. MacDonald worked his way to his feet and he reversed a takedown from Yoshimitsu landing in the top position. MacDonald went to work from there landing short punches and elbows. Yoshimitsu remained calm from the bottom as MacDonald continued to work with strikes until the end of round one was signalled.

Round two started with MacDonald connecting with a heavy left body kick. Both fighters went toe-to-toe as they exchanged on their feet. MacDonald went for a takedown on his opponent, while Yoshimitsu looked to counter with a Kimura submission. MacDonald broke away from the submission and worked his way to full mount, where he then reigned down heavy ground-and-pound until the referee was forced to put a stoppage to the bout at 1:41 of round two.

The win now takes the Brisbane based Kiwi’s record to 9-3 as he moves on in the promotions lightweight tournament.

Also on the card, welterweight Rick Alchin earned a TKO victory against James Klingner, while a team-mate of MacDonald, Tristan Murphy secured a submission win over Tom Kingston.

Full Results:

  • Michael Tobin def Edwin Arana via Submission (Armbar), Rd 1,1:19
  • Alex MacDonald def Guy Yoshimitsu via TKO, Rd 2, 1:41
  • Rick Alchin def James Klingner via TKO, Rd 1, 4:32
  • Tristan Murphy def Tom Kingston via Submission (Armbar), Rd 2, 2:42
  • Richie Ivory def Matthew George via KO ( Headkick ), Rd 1, 0:28
  • Stefan Rosa def Simon Arentz via TKO (Ground and Pound) Rd 1, 2:45
David Lewellin is a Melbourne based contributor for Fight News Australia.