Hex Fight Series 13 Recap: Vaile, Crute victorious in title fights on the night

Hex Fight Series returned for show number thirteen to a sold out Melbourne Pavilion on Friday night. The highly touted main and co-main event title bouts lived up to all expectations, and were both back and forth gritty battles between evenly matched fighters, with both requiring the full five championship rounds.

Current XFC champion Matt Vaile added a new title to his name after defeating the now former Hex FS welterweight champion Kitt Campbell via decision. The match was highly charged and fast paced from the get go. Vaile was aggressive in his attack, constantly pressured his opponent as he rushed forward, and controlled the centre of the cage. Hometown fighter Campbell decided to opt for the counterattack initially in the earlier rounds. Campbell was light on his feet and did have success in the stand up exchanges dropping Vaile momentarily, late in round one. Vaile’s volume in the stand up and constant pressure gave him an edge, although the exchanges were relatively a back and forth affair.

It was Vaile’s grappling dominance, utilization and execution of the game plan in the championship rounds that secured him the victory. However Campbell did look dangerous attacking with submissions from the bottom. Campbell at one point looked to be close to securing a kimura then kneebar submissions, but Vaile toughed it out and worked his way out of the submission attempts. Vaile’s composure and tenacity definitely played a key role in getting the victory over a very game Campbell.

With the win, Core MMA product Vaile moves to 10-1 and is crowned the new Hex welterweight champion. Campbell drops his first fight at welterweight and moves to 8-3 following the loss.

The co-main event was fought out between undefeated Victorian Jim Crute and crafty Korean veteran Doo Hwan Kim for the light heavyweight strap. Crute retained his title in front of a packed home crowd. The bout played out to be a grueling fight and a very tough title challenge for Crute, largely due to Kim’s unwillingness to give up and his perseverance. Crute was relentless in his striking throughout the entirety of the match as he peppered away with a vast array of combinations to the body and head of Kim. Kim had brief success achieving a takedown very early on at the beginning of the first round, but from then on it was a dominant display in both grappling and striking for Crute. Crute achieved multiple take downs throughout the duration of the match, and with each takedown rained down heavy ground and pound onto his Korean counterpart.

Constant barrages of punches, kicks and elbows and grappling offence by Crute visibly took a lot out of him by the later stages of the bout, and he was then forced to be more evasive and slow down a bit, but he continued on with the same determination.

As a result of the win, Crute continues on to add to an impressive 7-0 record and retains the Hex light heavyweight title in the process. Following the loss Kim falls to 9-5.

Also on the card, New Zealander John Vake looked to be out of his element against Korean Junyong Park. Vake never really fell into the groove of the fight as Park pressured him early on connecting with powerful punches and outmuscling Vake in the grappling exchanges. Vake ended up succumbing to Park’s power punches midway through round two. Additionally of note, Sydney based KO artist Darwin Sagurit came from behind late in the third to land a devastating uppercut KO on Korean Jung Hyun Ahn.

Up next the promotion will head back to Western Australia with Hex FS 14 scheduled for April 21 at Metro City in Perth.

* Video footage via @Jolassanda on Twitter.

Results:

  • Matt Vaile (c) def. Kitt Campbell via Decision (Unanimous)  – Hex Fight Series welterweight title
  • Jim Crute (c) def. Doo Hwan Kim via Decision (Unanious) – Hex Fight Series light-heavyweight title
  • Junyong Park def John Vake via TKO (Referee Stoppage), Rd 2, 2:15
  • Darwin Sagurit def. Jung Hyun Ahn via TKO (Punches), Rd 3
  • Sang Won Kim def. Jack Jenkins via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 1, 4:06
  • Sean Gauci def. Richard Lockett via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Dean Abramo def. Sam Jo Toetu via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Greg Atzori def. Aidan Aguilera via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 2, 4:44
  • Sean Le Gourrierec def. Thomas David via KO (Punch), Rd 1, 0:13
  • Young Woo Yoo def. Simon Carson via Submission (Foot-lock), Rd 1, 4:54
  • Saeid Karsaz def. William Namoa via Decision (Unanimous)

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