Victorian promotion Australian Fighting Championships (AFC) will make it’s return to Australian soil on July 28 with a middleweight title fight between Dylan Andrews and Priscus Fogagnolo headlining the card.
Returning to Australia after back-to-back shows in China, AFC 20 will take place at the Melbourne Pavilion.
Fogagnolo (10-1) has made his intention known, telling Fight News Australia in an interview recently that he is ready to challenge himself within the UFC. Based out of Tasmania, Fogagnolo invested in a ticket to try out for The Ultimate Fighter Season 26 but was left out of pocket when the promotion cancelled the middleweights for the reality show.
The 34-year-old is a national Judo, wrestling and BJJ champion whom has been competing in MMA since 2005. His lone loss came at the hands of James Te Huna back in 2009 with all wins coming via stoppage, most recently winning two fights in one night to take home the Valor middleweight title. Fogagnolo was a nominee in the FNA domestic fighter of the year awards last year.
A win over former UFC fighter Dylan Andrews will go a long way in impressing the UFC brass. That won’t be an easy task though with Andrews returning back to action last month in impressive style, knocking out Papy Abedi in Sweden. Andrews competed in season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter and despite losing out in the semi-final stages, did enough to secure a UFC contract. Andrews won his first two fights in the UFC before a trio of losses had him released.
The fight was announced via the Herald Sun.
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