Gold Coast based flyweight Tim “Quickdraw” Moore capitalised to submit Luke “The Wasp” Morris in the main event of Eternal 14 on Saturday night. In the other title fight Hervey Bay based Greg Atzori defeated David Butt to take the Eternal lightweight crown.
Eternal 14 took place at the Nerang Police Citizens Youth Club in Queensland, Australia.
C4 MMA trained Morris took the early momentum landing a hard punch early in the fight which forced Moore to shoot successfully for a takedown. Moore went to work from guard, however as he looked to pass into side-control it gave Morris the opportunity to escape back to his feet. Late in the round, Moore attacked with a kimura which also nicely defended by his opponent.
Morris started the second-round with some more nice crisp boxing before he was forced to defend a takedown attempt from Moore. Morris ended up on top in half-guard where he went to work with some short strikes. Moore threw up an armbar from the bottom which Morris successfully escaped however in his rush to regain the top position he left himself wide open and Moore quickly capitalised, securing the armbar to get the tap at 3:35 of round two.
The win was Moore’s first title defense since capturing the title back in September against Shaun Etchell and was the 28 year-olds fourth straight victory since losing to Etchell in their first outing back at Eternal 6.
“The Tarantula” Greg Atzori scored his fourth victory in just over a year when he submitted former champion David Butt to take home the Eternal lightweight belt.
Butt came out strong from the onset, landing his combinations and initiating the dirty boxing from clinch. Atzori secured a takedown however landed some illegal knees as Butt was looking to stand. Shortly after the fight was stopped again as Atzori was given one last warning, this time for a groin strike. Butt came in aggresively on the restart as both decided to throw caution to the wind and throw big shots, with Atzori getting the better of the exchanges in the final seconds of the round.
Round two started where the previous round ended with both again swinging for the fences. The fighters clinched against the cage and Atzori went to work for a double-leg takedown. Butt defended however Atzori got it to the canvas shortly after. There Atzori moved to back control where he forced the rear-naked choke to get the tap at 2:28 of the second round.
In the only other pro class bout, Jason Preece’s retirement fight proved to be an unsuccessful one as he lost a close split points decision to Brett Jacobsen.