Combat Lab trained Ty Duncan emerged as a contender in the nations welterweight ranks as he claimed the Eternal welterweight strap with a second-round submission over previous champion Tristan Murphy. In the co-main event, Brentin Mumford knocked out Ben Wall to earn himself a shot at the lightweight strap.
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Eternal MMA 24 was held at the Southport Sharks AFL Club in Southport, Queensland on Saturday night and was streamed here.
After an early exchange, Tristan Murphy secured a big double leg takedown to place Duncan in the middle of the cage. Both fighters swapped short strikes from within the guard before Duncan attempted an armbar off his back. The submission was tight however Murphy stayed calm, escaped and immediately went to taking his opponents back, while throwing heavy punches and elbows. Duncan escaped to his feet where he looked to take Murphy’s back before finishing the round attempting an anaconda choke.
Murphy landed a beautiful front-kick which caused his opponent to smirk. Murphy immediately went in for another takedown attempt however this time Duncan utilised the cage to reverse and he secured mount. Follow up elbows caused Murphy to turn, which allowed Duncan to lock in the rear-naked choke to get the tap.
The finish came 36-seconds into the second-round as Duncan moves to 3-0 as a pro. Western Australian Aldin Bates looms as his next challenge following his win last weekend. Murphy drops to 6-4.
Mumford (8-4) rocked Wall with a hard jumping knee that sent “Manimal” looking for a single-leg. Mumford sprawled and unloaded with a barrage of elbows that knocked his opponent out cold only 52-seconds into the contest.
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With the win Mumford sets up a likely clash against current lightweight champion, Victoria’s Callan Potter who recently took out Mumford’s training partner, Isaac Tisdell.
In an intriguing ground battle, Diego Pereira was able to stay safe from George Malizis’s active rubber and high guard before stopping his opponent with elbows from mount in the second round.
The bout between Ryan Gray and Garret Gross was cancelled hours before the fight after Gray was struck down with gastroenteritis and deemed medically unfit to compete by medical staff. The match-up may be moved to sister promotion Reigb Fighting who have an event scheduled in Brisbane next month.
Also notably on the under-card in an amateur bout, Mitch Bayliss made a successful debut. The name may ring a bell, with Mitch being the son of three time Superbike world champion and former Moto GP rider Troy Bayliss.