Reign returns for their second event this Saturday night with Darcy Vendy taking on Jacob Holyman-Tague in a Reign middleweight title bout.
The event takes place at the Mansfield Tavern in Queensland.
Following a short amateur career, that saw him defeat Ty Duncan before he turned professional in 2014, he lost to Matt Eland. And after a frustrating 2015 filled with cancelled bouts, he returned back to action in May where he scored an impressive rear-naked choke win over Western Australian youngster Jack Della.
The Shindo MMA trained fighter does not lack confidence and in a quote posted on the promotion’s social media account has made his intentions clear.
“I think that I’m technically on par with the UFC’s top 10 right now and all I need is experience and credibility, the Reign middleweight title is where I get that first step. Whether this year or before 2020 expect to see me in the ufc annihilating the division, anyone that trains with me knows the reality of my skills and knows where they are going to take me”.
Originally from Tasmania and now training out of Integrated Sunshine Coast, Holyman-Tague will be looking at keeping his young undefeated career going. He has fought twice this year, winning a decision against Keohu Smith before securing a submission against Michele Evans at Eternal 16.
“I’m not really focused on my opponent, I’m more focused on my self and my own preparation,” Holyman-Tague said on the bout.
“I believe I have all the attributes to finish the fight in any way. I’m sticking to the game plan and pushing the pace of the fight until a stoppage happens.”
In the semi-main event both David Butt and Taela Kelly will be looking at getting back on a winning streak with both fighters recently suffering losses. Butt lost a majority decision to Damon Upton-Greer in September, while Kelly was outworked in a decision loss to David Jenkins also in September.
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