Gold Coast local Tim Moore will move back to the bantamweight division and will meet undefeated youngster Trent Girdham on the ACB 76 card, FNA can reveal. Also added to the card, U.K fighter Alan Philpott faces Russian Islam Yunusov and local fighters Daniel Hill and Gavin Hain clash.
The event will take place at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre on December 9 with tickets on sale now via Ticketek.
Training out of the Potential Unlimited MMA gym, Moore (12-6) has lost just once in his last seven outings, that coming at the hands of Japanese Deep veteran Yusaku Nakamura. Moore is the defending Eternal flyweight champion with wins coming against the likes of Shaun Etchell, Luke Morris and Sean Gauci.
At only 20-years-old, Trent Girdham (6-0) has proved himself as one of the leading prospects in the country. The PCYC Blacktown and Wild Style Murder Squad product has won all six professional bouts since making his debut in March 2016 with notable wins against Kairin Moses, Ryan Robertson and Luke Catubig. Moore will be his most experienced opponent to date and a win over him will no doubt springboard him further locally.
Alan Philpott (16-9) makes the long journey from Northern Ireland to compete on the card as he makes his debut in the promotion. The 25-year-old is a former BAMMA bantamweight title holder, losing it to Tom Duquesnoy back in December. After Duquesnoy vacated the title to sign with the UFC, Philpott got an opportunity to reclaim the title in July against Shay Walsh however the bout was deemed a no contest after an illegal blow from Philpott.
Challenging Philpott will be ACB regular Islam Yunusov (4-2) who has fought his whole career inside the promotion since making his debut in 2015. Although short on experience, Yunsusov has a history of beating more experienced opponents, most notably decision win against Aleksandr Lunga who came into the fight with a 20-9 record.
Also on the card, in a battle of 1-0 fighters, Integrated MMA Sunshine Coast fighter Daniel Hill will take on former XFC amateur lightweight title holder Gavin Hain.
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