Eternal 16 Recap: Tristan Murphy defends, Isaac Tisdell, Ashkan Mokhtarian capture titles

Isaac Tisdell captured the Eternal lightweight title with an impressive first-round stoppage over Greg at Eternal 16, while Tristan Murphy defended his welterweight crown and Ashkan Mokhtarian won a hard-fought decision to claim the bantamweight belt.

The event took place at the Nerang PCYC on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Riding a four fight win streak into the contest, Tisdell started strong and overwhelmed Greg Atzori who was looking at defending his lightweight title for the first time. After a scramble, Tisdell secured the single-leg and was able to put Atzori on his back against the cage. Atzori regained guard, however it wasn’t long before the heavy ground-and-pound got through, securing Tisdell the victory only 2:45 into the contest.

After an extended break, Tristan Murphy returned to successfully defend his Eternal welterweight title with a second round stoppage over Damien Fraser.

Now training out of Integrated MMA, Murphy got the early takedown and was able to dominate the position from half-guard. With seconds remaining, Murphy was able to pass into side-control where he quickly moved to mount position.

Round two started with a short strike from Murphy off the glove touch as both began to exchange. Fraser threw a big head-kick followed by a jumping knee that sent Murphy looking for the takedown. Murphy gave up the position in the scramble as Fraser looked to unload with ground-and-pound from inside the guard. Murphy was able to reverse the position straight into mount attempting a figure-four submission, before releasing it and forcing the referee to stop the contest due to strikes from mount.

The win came 3:06 into the second round as Murphy moves his record to 5-2.

Ashkan Mokhtarian captured the vacant bantamweight title against local fighter Shannon McClellan. The early part of the fight was evenly contested with neither fighter rocking their opponent. Mokhtarian finished the first round strong, rolling for a heel-hook attempt before finishing the round on top looking to pass but not landing anything significant.

Mokhtarian defended the takedown from McClellan early in the second round and countered shortly after with a takedown into half-guard. There Mokhtarian landed some heavy elbows as he raised the tempo, including big knees as McClellan escaped back to his feet. McClellan returned fire late in the round throwing knees inside the clinch and unloading with an uppercut.

The leather continued to fly in the last round with the New South Wales based Mokhtarian securing and important trip takedown. Off of his back McClellan landed elbows from the bottom before looking for the armbar submission. Mokhtairan stayed in control, passing to side-control where he landed some short elbows before McClellan regained guard and escaped back to his feet.

It was the first time Mokhtarian had gone to the judges decision in his professional career with all three judges scoring the bout in his favour, 30-27, 29-28 and 30-27.

In the other pro fight of the evening, undefeated fighter Michael Tobin returned to action and after taking some early shots, managed to get the fight to the ground where he locked in the triangle choke submission to get the tap, only 1:12 into the fight. The win moves his record to an impressive 10-0.

Official Results (A-Class):

  • Isaac Tisdell def Greg Atzori via TKO (Strikes), Rd 1, 2:45 – Eternal lightweight title
  • Tristan Murphy def Damien Fraser by TKO (Strikes), Rd 2, 3:06 – Eternal welterweight title
  • Ashkan Mokhtarian def Shannon McClellan via Decision (Unanimous) – Eternal bantamweight title
  • Michael Tobin def Craig Lankester via Submission (Triangle), Rd 1, 1:12

Official Results (B-Class):

  • Alex Dale def Amira Hafizovia via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Jacob Williams def Tim Novak via TKO (Punches), Rd 3, 1:05
  • Jacob Holyman Tague def Michele Evans via Submission (Guillotine), Rd 3, 0:42
  • Elton Pure def Dan Bramich via Submission (RNC), Rd 2, 1:46
  • Shaun Johnson def Corey Wickens via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Aaron Fisher def Kyle Griffiths via TKO (Punches), Rd 1, 1:15
  • Jake Simkins def Marko Slomovic via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Dallas Davidson def Steve Darby via KO (Punch), Rd 1, 0:49
  • Nav Hassanzada def Adam Hennessy via TKO (Punches), Rd 1, 1:05
  • Jake Haines def Dylan Connor by via (Punches), Rd 1, 2:54
  • Jackson Small def Harry Stiff via KO (Punch), Rd 2, 0:04