Brace 32 goes down tonight at the Big Top in Luna Park, Sydney. The show will feature the promotion’s first elimination clashes in the 2015 championship tournament, as well as a welterweight tussle between former UFC fighter, and TUF Smashes competitor, Manny Rodriguez, and Sinosic / Perosh product Steve Micallef.
The event will be broadcast live on Network Ten’s multi-platform portal, Tenplay. Geo restrictions are expected to apply.
Join us here from 7pm AEDT for live results and play-by-play.
Brace 32 Play-by-Play Results:
- Steven Micallef vs Manuel Rodriguez
Round 1: A brief exchange of punches followed by a solid takedown from Rodriguez began the main event. From half guard Rodriguez rained down an array of hard elbows and punches on Micallef and the referee had no choice but to wave the short lived encounter off.
Result: Manuel Rodriguez def Steven Micallef via TKO (Ground and Pound), Rd 1, 1:43
- Regan Wilson vs Theo Christakos – Welterweight Tournament Eliminator
Round 1: The co-main event started with Wilson coming forward head hunting. Christakos quickly tied him up against the cage and searched for a takedown. They separated without success for Christakos and once again Wilson resumed the forward pressure with strikes. Christakos again nullified Wilson against the cage but the referee intervened this time with a separation. In an unexpected turn of events, Wilson dove in and grabbed a leg and got the takedown. Wilson moved from half guard to side control before taking the back of Christakos. Christakos scrambled before the round came to a close.
Round 2: A tentative start to the second round from both welterweights was followed by a takedown for Christakos. Wilson looked to cage walk his way back up but Christakos was able to keep him grounded. While Christakos was looking for mount, Wilson was able to roll him and take top position. He found his back soon after, but Christakos escaped as Wilson was searching for a rear-naked choke. Wilson scrambled and regained his feet before working for a double leg takedown. Christakos sprawled and took his back before sinking in a rear-naked choke and forcing the tap.
Result: Theo Christakos def Regan Wilson via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 2, 4:49
- Adam Trickey vs Abel Brites – Lightweight Tournament Eliminator
Round 1: 2014 lightweight champion Abel Brites went on the offensive to begin his 2015 campaign and took Trickey to the canvas after a brief exchange. ‘The Submission Magician’ lived up to his name from the bottom and locked up a triangle choke. The Tasmanian landed short elbows from there as he looked to tighten the choke and finish it. Brites escaped at the one minute mark however, and took the back of Trickey before locking up a rear-naked choke and forcing the tap.
Result: Abel Brites def Adam Trickey via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 1, 4:30
- Mark Baskin vs Tom Cruz – Bantamweight Tournament Eliminator
Round 1: The sole bantamweight fight of the night began with a feeling out period from both fighters. It was Baskin who engaged first, closing the distance and a scoring takedown. Cruz pops back up to his feet soon after but Baskin dumps the Sydney based fighter back to the floor. Once again Cruz regains his feet but like the first time around gets slammed back down. This situation repeats a third time. The round closed out with Baskin controlling Cruz on the ground.
Round 2: Cruz connected with a solid body kick to begin the second round. Baskin took centre cage and looked to land punches, before he took Cruz once again to the ground. Like the opening frame, he continued to control Cruz there. Cruz got it standing again, and after a brief period against the cage, Baskin triped Cruz back down. Cruz found his way to top position as the round closed out.
Round 3: A solid punch combination landed from Baskin at the start of the third which backed up Cruz. Once more Baskin got the fight to the ground following the encounter. Cruz worked towards an arm-bar from the bottom and used it to escape. Baskin however found his way to top position again. Cruz swept Baskin beautifully with an omoplata and the round ended in a scramble.
Result: Mark Baskin def Tom Cruz via Decision (Unanimous)
- Natalie Gonzales Hills vs Claire Todd – WMMA Strawweight Tournament Eliminator
Round 1: The first WMMA fight in the tournament’s short history began with Gonzales racing forward and taking Todd to the canvas. Todd did well to regain her footing, but Gonzales continued to come forward, tying her up against the cage before once again scoring a takedown. From half guard, Gonzales landed short shots to the ribs of Todd. Todd trapped Gonzales’s leg preventing her from moving to side control, but ate short shots to the head in the process. Gonzales then worked to mount, then side control at the one minute mark. She was unable to inflict any real damage once there however, and the round soon came to an end.
Round 2: Much like the opening round, the second frame began with Gonzales coming forward. She had less success this time around however, as Todd wrapped her up and nullified the attack. Gonzales continued on the front foot and once again got the fight to the ground, briefly though, as Todd swept her before returning to her feet. It was Todd this time who scored a takedown. Not much was landed on the ground with Gonzales doing well to keep Todd from posturing up.
Round 3: Gonzales came forward again in the final round looking for another takedown. Todd used her strength and kept the fight standing. She then moved to the back of Gonzales and wrestled her to the canvas. Once there she looked to sink in the rear-naked choke. The two fighters remained in that position for some time as Gonzales defended desperately. Todd then transitioned nicely to mount and began to rain down on Gonzales with punches until the referee waved it off. Impressive come from behind victory for Todd.
Result: Claire Todd def Natalie Gonzales Hills via TKO (Punches from Mount), Rd 3, 3:39
- Chris Drummond vs Josh Payne – Featherweight Tournament Eliminator
Round 1: Strikes from both fighters began this featherweight clash. Drummond landed with a pair of solid leg kicks as Payne looked to counter punch. They traded for some time with both fighters having moments of success. Payne continue to paw away at Drummond, who used his reach to keep space between them with his kicking. Drummond tried unsuccessfully for a takedown as Payne started to bloody him up with punches in the first.
Round 2: Payne turned up the pace to begin the second round, landing with more punch combinations. Once again Drummond attacked him with leg kicks. Both fighters were cut at this point, however it’s Payne who looked to have the greater success in the striking. Drummond did however land a clean left hand to the side of his face. Payne continued on the front foot, pressuring Drummond with combinations. Drummond showed no signs of backing down however, in what was an entertaining battle to this point. The paced slowed but the striking never stopped in the second frame.
Round 3: More technical striking continued in the final round. Drummond began to land more kicks, but also clean punches. He mixed his striking up with a flying knee, however Payne shrugged it off. Visible drained, but obviously enjoying the crowd friendly battle, the two fighters continued to come forward at each other with strikes for the remainder of the fight.
Result: Josh Payne def Chris Drummond via Decision (Split)
- Luke Martin vs Ali Cevik – Lightweight Tournament Eliminator
Round 1: Spinning kicks from both men started this lightweight clash. Cevik connected with a body kick before pressing Martin up against the cage at the three minute mark. They battled for an advantage there for some time before Martin reversed position and drove in for a takedown. He got it, and soon moved into side control. The round played out with Cevik getting back to his feet before the round close out.
Round 2: Kicks from both fighters again started the second round. Martin drove in and landed a clean elbow to Cevik’s head before breaking. Once again the fight returned to a chest battle on the cage. Cevik took Martin down from there and proceeded to soften him up with punches. Martin caged walked back to his feet nicely however, as Cevik was looking to transition to mount. Martin then tied Cevik up against the cage and looked to land with the elbow again. Cevik did well to reverse that position and take him down again with a double leg. Pressing Martin up against the cage, Cevik looked to land shots from on top before the round ended.
Round 3: Cevik came out aggressive in the final frame throwing a spinning kick – punch combination. He continued to come forward and tied Martin up against the fence. Martin tried desperately for a takedown, however Cevik sprawled and found his way to top position on the ground. Cevik landed short shots from there, forcing Martin to search for a submission. He was unsuccessful, and Cevik continued to land punches. Martin returned to his feet but ate a knee for his troubles. It wasn’t long before Cevik got the fight to the canvas once again before the contest ended.
Result: Ali Cevik def Luke Martin by Decision (Unanimous)
* Non stream related technical difficulties prevented us from posting play-by-play for the following fights.
- Greg Criticos vs Matt Darke – Featherweight Tournament Eliminator
Result: Greg Criticos def Matt Darke via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 1, 3:02
- Andrew Mills vs David Francis – Middleweight Tournament Eliminator
Result: Andrew Mills def David Francis via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 1