Jack Becker put everyone on notice with a dominant first-round submission over Brentin Mumford on Saturday night.
The bout headlined Eternal 63 which took place at the larger Gold Coast Sports Precinct in Carrara, Queensland.
Becker pressed the action to the cage early and tripped Mumford to side-control. Through a transition, the 28-year-old switched it up by dropping back for a leg-lock however Mumford escaped. Mumford went for a standing guillotine but the champion was having none of it.
Becker secured the back standing and utilised it to trip Mumford to the ground. Mumford was active off his back but Becker was just a step ahead, ultimately moving to mount where he secured the head-arm choke to force the tap.
The win for Becker came 4:48 into the bout as he moved his record to 10-2.
“I came here knowing it’s going to be hard. I knew Brentin’s a tough fighter. He has been around for a long tie. I didn’t want to f**k about. I needed to get the job done and that’s what I did,” Becker said in his post-fight speech.
“My main goal is to get better and each fight I come in here, I feel a little bit better, a little bit more comfortable and that’s my game. If they [Dana White’s Contender Series] comes knocking, let’s f*****g go.”
As discussed with Fight News Australia in the lead-up to the contest, Brentin Mumford has officially decided to hang up the gloves, citing constant injuries as the main reason.
With wins against the likes of Ben Wall, Greg Atzori, and Rob Hill among others, Mumford retires with an 11-8 record which probably doesn’t do his 10-year career justice.
In the semi-main event, Tristan Murphy had a spectacular return to the cage, putting to sleep tough-to-finish David Martinez in a catch-weight bout.
Having been out of action since February 2019, where he lost his fourth straight bout, Murphy rocked Martinez early and capitalised by locking up a standing guillotine and dropping down to finish it. Martinez attempted to escape before losing consciousness and the referee was on hand to halt the contest.
The end came 1:21 into the contest. Murphy evens up his pro record at 6-6 while Martinez drops to 7-4.
Murphy looked a lot bigger than we have seen in the past and with this weight contested at catch-weight, the question will remain as to what division the former welterweight champion we compete in.
“I am coming back to stay. Cam [Eternal promoter] where’s that f*****g paperwork. Let’s get it going. I’m coming back. Welterweights. Lightweights, watch out. Let’s f*****g go.”
When Shaun Etchell was forced out of his bout against Diego Pereira due to injury, it was no surprise that the fighter to step was Rod Costa who is creating a habit of stepping in on late notice and walking away with the win.
He was made to work for it but walked away with a deserved unanimous decision, 29-27 on all three judges’ cards which included a 10-8 score in round two.
It’s his fourth fight for 2021 and he moves his record to 5-3. He knew the message he wanted to deliver in his post-fight speech, concentrating on three things which included another message to the Eternal featherweight champion Jack Jenkins.
“I have three things to say.”
“One. I want to apologise to Jack Jenkins,” he said somewhat sarcastically. “I’ve been a little mean to him. Go fight all the bums you want, win that title, get to the UFC, and all the best to you.”
“Second thing. I look forward to fighting Shaun Etchell for the bantamweight title and third, we going three from three tonight,” speaking about his training partner Jack Becker who was still to come on the card.
Josh Kuhne is a name to keep an eye out on. Not only has he got one of the largest followings on any local fighter but he also backs it up in the cage, with another first-round knock-out, this time over Taela Kelly.
Kuhne stalked Kelly, landed a few early strikes before successfully defending a takedown attempt from Kelly. When they separated he immediately went back to business, landing a series of straights that left Kelly out on his feet.
The victory came only 49-seconds into the contest as he moves his record to 3-0, with all three via stoppage.
Earlier on the card, Tom Nolan put on a great striking display to defeat Trevor Sinclair while Darcy Vendy won a unanimous decision against Jack James
- Jack Becker def. Brentin Mumford via Submission (Head-Arm Choke), Rd 1, 4:48
- Tristan Murphy def. David Martinez via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd 1, 1:21
- Rod Costa def. Diego Pereira via Decision (Unanimous – 29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
- Josh Kuhne def. Taela Kelly via KO (Punches), Rd 1, 0:49
- Tom Nolan def. Trevor Sinclair via Decision (Unanimous)
- Darcy Vendy def. Jack James via Decision (Unanimous)
- Jarret Wilbraham def. Jamie Hunt via TKO, Rd 2, 5:00
- Alastair Volders def. Jaden Dalrymple via TKO, Rd 1
- Tasar Malone def. Ryan Leavey via Submission, Rd 2
- Dominic Aston def. Jerron Wagg via Decision
- Laurence Whitesmith def. Quinn Kelly via Decision
- Isaac Small def. Basilio Di Gesu via TKO, Rd 1
- Jesse Yada def. Alex Ross via TKO, Rd 1
- Lex Rodger def. Jayden Tillinger via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd 1