Hex Fight Series 11 Recap: Charlie Alaniz retains flyweight title, Sagurit knocks out Roldan Sangcha-an

Hex Fight Series 11 took place at the Melbourne Pavilion on Friday night, and was telecast live on Fox Sports 1. Melbourne based Californian Charlie Alaniz retained the promotion’s flyweight title against a very game opponent in Japanese Pancrase veteran Hiroki Yamashita.

Throughout the match, Alaniz was relentless with his takedowns, ground and pound and dominant in top control, which eventually opened up an opportunity for a submission that put a halt to the match in round three.

Yamashita put up a valiant effort and had a very strong first round. The Japanese fighter used his knees well to keep Alaniz at bay with his wrestling and timed a punch perfectly which dropped Alaniz as he went in for a takedown. Alaniz, however, recovered quickly and was successful with the takedown and began to pressure Yamashita into a grappling battle.

At times in round two and three, Yamashita was able to scramble back to his feet after getting taken down, but Alaniz would again drag him to the canvas time after time. Alaniz began to demonstrate clear grappling superiority in rounds two and three. When the fight was played out on the feet it made for an exciting back and forth standup war as both combatants exchanged.

Early on in round three, Yamashita attempted a flying knee followed by an elbow. Alaniz dived in for the takedown, and began to attack with vicious elbows. Alaniz followed with multiple guillotine choke submission attempts, but Yamashita was able to defend well. Alaniz followed with heavy elbows and ground and pound from top position. Yamashita managed to work back up onto his feet. He connected with an overhand right, and a brief striking exchange ensued until Alaniz went in and was successful with another double leg takedown. Alaniz pinned his counterpart to the canvas, worked for the submission and sunk in a tight arm triangle choke forcing the tap 3:44 into round three.

With the win, Alaniz, a former TUF 24 contestant, takes his record to 11-2 and retains his Hex flyweight title, while Yamashita drops to 6-5.

In the co-main event of the night, a battle between explosive strikers in Australian Top Team’s Darwin Sagurit and Absolute MMA’s Roldan Sangcha-an was put on display.

A former UFC fighter, Sangcha-an tried to use kicks early on to keep distance away from his adversary. Sagurit soon bull rushed Sangcha-an against the fence and achieved the takedown. Sangcha-an got back to his feet, where Sagurit began to connect with powerful hooks, then punches to the head and body. The two combatants went toe to toe as a brief wild striking exchange ensued, where Sagurit came out the victor, dropping his opponent heavily, and then followed up with ground and pound forcing a stoppage only 1:52 into the fight.

As a result of the win, Sagurit now takes his record to 8-3 and continues to add to 3-0 win streak. Sangchha-an (4-3) drops his first loss since having a two year lay off away from UFC competition.

Also on the card, Mildura’s own Jesse Medina upset hometown favourite Jack Jenkins. Jenkins had a strong first round start, but in the second frame Medina’s experience and high level ground game came into play, catching and submitting Jenkins with an armbar.

Also of note, Melbourne based Filipino Luke Catubig was on the wrong end of a brutal round two KO at the hands of Guam’s Ricky Camp.

Undefeated ATT trained lightweight Alex Gorgees continues to impress, stopping the experienced Hanif Zainal.

William Namoa scored a highlight-reel KO against Ryan Barry.

The next offering from the promotion will take place on November 24th at the Melbourne Pavilion.

* Video footage is embedded here via @Jolassanda on Twitter.

Results:

  • Charlie Alaniz def. Hiroki Yamashita via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke), Rd 3, 3:44 – Hex flyweight title
  • Darwin Sagurit def. Roldan Sangcha-an via TKO (Punches), Rd 1, 1:52
  • Jesse Medina def. Jack Jenkins via Submission (Armbar), Rd 2, 2:08
  • Ricky Camp def. Luke Catubig via KO (Punch), Rd 2, 2:12
  • Alex Gorgees def. Hanif Zainal via TKO (Ground and Pound), Rd 1, 3:06
  • Sean Gauci def. Steve Erceg via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Sam Jo Toetu def. Matt Eland via Decision (Split)
  • William Namoa def. Ryan Barry via KO (Punch), Rd 2, 2:34
  • Jordan O’Connor def. Haidar Daru via TKO, Rd 1

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