Brad Riddell, Saeid Fatahifar, Jacob Malkoun victorious at Wollongong Wars 7

City Kickboxing striker Brad “Quake” Riddell won an all-important bout in his MMA career with a unanimous decision victory over Mikey Vaotuua to claim the Wars welterweight title on Friday night.

The bout headlined Wollongong Wars 7 which was held at the Beaton Park ‘Snakepit’ Stadium in Gwynneville, New South Wales.

A veteran of over 70-bouts across various disciplines and a multiple time kickboxing titlist, Riddell has now won back-to-back MMA fights after a submission loss to Abel Brites last July. His MMA record stands at 4-1.

PMA gym fighter Saeid Fatahifar continued his success capturing the MASA South Pacific welterweight strap with a knock-out victory over Riddell’s team-mate John Vake. A thunderous head-kick, early in the second round, ended the contest and he moved to 8-4. Nicknamed “The Phantom”, he has lost just twice in his last ten outings.

In the third feature fight of the night, Jacob Malkoun, a team-mate of Rob Whittaker who was on hand in his corner, overcame Belgium born, Thailand based Christophe Van Dijk. In a back-and-forth battle, the Smeaton Grange Gracie trained fighter ended the battle in the second round when a flurry from Malkoun forced the referee stoppage. The middleweight fighter now moves to 3-0.

Results (Pro):

  • Brad Riddell def. Mikey Vaotuua via Decision – Wars MMA welterweight title
  • Saeid Fatahifar def John Vake via KO, Rd 2 – MASA South Pacific welterweight title
  • Jacob Malkoun def. Christophe Van Dijk via TKO, Rd 2
  • Blake Donnelly def. Ethan Thomas via Decision

Results (Amateur):

  • Colby Thichnesse def. Sem Kakembo via Decision
  • Daniel Ryan def. Stelios Tsiatsios via KO, Rd 1
  • Aaron Grigg def. Will Hodges via TKO, Rd 2
  • Lincoln Bendall-Moon def. Cain Leggett via Decision
  • Rowan Parkinson def. Michael Lorenzo via Decision

Nathan Reddy claims light heavyweight title at Wollongong Wars 6

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