ACB 76 on the Gold Coast taking shape: Nelson vs. Amagov, Marques vs. Baydulaev join lineup

The first matchups for Absolute Championship Berkut’s (ACB) Australian debut have come to light.

As previously announced, the landmark event will take place December 9 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Queensland.

Over the past few months, Fight News Australia has revealed a number of fighters who have signed on to compete at the show.

This week the promotion announced the first two fights via social media with rising England based bantamweight Dean Garnett taking on Strikeforce and Bellator veteran Anthony Leone, while in an all local matchup slated for the night, former Eternal MMA featherweight champion Garret Gross squares off with Johnny Walker.

Fight News Australia can today exclusively reveal that multiple local welterweight champion Corey “Major” Nelson (20-6-2) will make his promotional debut against Russia’s Azamat Amagov (9-1 MMA, 2-1 ACB).

Meanwhile, also making his debut for the promotion, experienced Melbourne based Brazilian Rodolfo Marques (24-9-1) will come up against undefeated Russian and ACB stalwart Mehdi Baydulaev (5-0 MMA, 5-0 ACB) in a bantamweight contest.

More fights, including the show’s main event, are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Based in Russia, Absolute Championship Berkut is one of the fastest growing combat sports promotions in the world and has hosted an impressive 73 MMA events since 2014. Australia’s inclusion in the promotion’s expanding schedule is among many new global locations including Brazil, Canada and Sweden.

Tickets for ACB 76 went on sale today via Ticketek.

Announced Fights:

  • Corey Nelson vs. Azamat Amagov
  • Rodolfo Marques vs. Mehdi Baydulaev
  • Dean Garnett vs. Anthony Leone
  • Garret Gross vs. Johnny Walker

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