Eternal returns for the 11th and final show of the year this weekend with Eternal lightweight champion Callan Potter (16-7) moving up to welterweight to face B.J. Bland (13-9) in the main event.
The Potter versus Bland fight was originally scheduled to headline the Powerplay Caged Series this same weekend but postponement of that card had the fighters land on the Eternal 40 card in Perth.
Potter’s eight fight winning streak came to an in June when he was submitted by talented Polish grappler Marcin Held at Absolute Championship Berkut 88 which took place in Brisbane. With wins against the likes of Sam Hayward, Isaac Tisdell, Abel Brites, Brentin Mumford and Jack Becker, the Victorian based fighter was on the verge of a UFC contract before the loss. He will now look to get that goal back on track.
Training out of the highly acclaimed City Kickboxing gym in New Zealand, Bland is a 11-year fight veteran with notable victories coming against Keiran Joblin, John Vake and Cole Davids. Bland comes into the contest on the back of two losses, one to welterweight Corey Nelson and in his last outing to French fighter Jason Ponet on Hex Fight Series 15.
Expect this fight to be closely contested as both look to end the year on a high.
Jesse Medina (13-8) makes his second appearance in Eternal when he meets local Luke Jones (4-3) in the semi-main event. Medina is coming off a win against Aaron Blackie though weigh-in troubles prohibited him in taking home the Aftershock title in that match-up. He will be hoping to put those issues behind him when he faces Jones.
Twenty-eight year-old Jones (4-3) looks to rebound from a loss at Eternal 37 back in September where he was submitted by Thai based English fighter Ben Royle.
Also on the card, John Martin-Fraser from Noke Martial Arts bounces from the Powerplay Caged Series card to this event and meets Carlos Ulberg in a light-heavyweight clash while Dan Jones and Mark Familari meet in a featherweight bout. Coming off a loss, popular local Josh Della will be looking to rebound when he meets Glen Pettigrew.
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