Hex Fight Series returns to Western Australia for show number 15 this Saturday night.
The nine fight lineup takes place at Perth Metro City, Northbridge which will be the promotion’s second foray in Perth, since the overturning of the cage ban in the state last year.
In the main event, Australian Top Team representative Abel Brites takes on highly touted Kiwi striker Brad Riddell of City Kickboxing/Tiger Muay Thai. The bout will be contested at a catchweight of 79kg.
A former Hex lightweight champion, Brites (11-5), is coming off a decision win against Ethan Duniam at Brace 51 in his most recent outing. Brites is a well-rounded and accomplished seven year veteran so will hold an advantage in MMA experience but Riddell is no stranger to competing against high level opposition, with his vast striking pedigree. He also trains with the likes of UFC rising stars Israel Adesanya and Daniel Hooker at City Kickboxing who have been on a tear inside the UFC. Riddell has set his sights for the UFC as he looks to add to his 3-0 MMA record.
Frenchman Jason Ponet is put up against New Zealand veteran B.J. Bland in the co headlining event at lightweight.
Both International combatants are coming off a loss in their most recent outings, but the two experienced adversaries are well versed and will be eager to get back into the winning column. Ponet (17-12-1) fights out of Fairtex Training Center in Thailand, while his Kiwi opponent Bland (13-8) as of late, has been putting in work at City Kickboxing.
Also on the main card, hometown UFC veteran Steven Kennedy is matched up against Sydney based Gerhard Voigt in the middleweight division, while heavy hitters Sefita Funaki and Lio Ilalio are set to collide in a heavyweight bout.
David Lewellin is a Melbourne based contributor for Fight News Australia.