Hex Fight Series 18 takes place this Friday night at the Melbourne Pavilion. The stacked fourteen fight line-up culminates with a main event heavyweight clash between heavy hitters Ben Sosoli and Saipan native Kelvin Fitial.
The headlining match up will be a rematch between the two foes, which in their first outing in 2017, Fitial came out as the victor via decision in a close back and forth contest. Both fighters have evolved in all facets of their game by leaps and bounds since their first outing.
Hometown fighter Sosoli (6-2) fighting out of Resilience Training Center will be looking at avenging his initial loss and in the process establish top position as arguably the number one unsigned heavyweight prospect in the Asia-Pacific region. A multiple Australian title holder, Sosoli is most recently coming off a stint on the Ultimate fighter 28 where he lost to eventual series winner Juan Espino via unanimous decision in the opening round of the tournament bracket. His opponent, experienced Saipan veteran and current PXC heavyweight title holder Fitial (15-8-2) will be aiming at securing another win in the rematch, this time on opposition turf over his local rival. Stand up fireworks will be expected to play out when the two heavyweight strikers meet center cage come fight night.
In the co main event, Sydneysider Nathan Reddy is set to go head to head with Queensland based Welshman John Fraser in a light heavyweight battle.
Reddy (8-1), fighting out of XXX Fight Academy, has looked to be unstoppable in recent times with domineering wins over tough competition at Hex 16 and 17. Reddy’s lone loss came at the hands of current UFC fighter Jim Crute at Hex FS 8. Noke Martial Arts representative Fraser (2-1) in his most recent outing dropped a decision against Kiwi Carlos Ulberg at Eternal MMA 40. Previously, Fraser had been undefeated as a professional.
Also on the main card, American Hex vet JJ Ambrose steps in on late notice for an injured Kitt Campbell to face up against Kiwi striking specialist Beau Rawiri in a welterweight contest, while local Victorian Dane Beeby is put up against Sydney based standout Saeid Fatahifar.
David Lewellin is a Melbourne based contributor for Fight News Australia.