Eternal MMA announces Melbourne debut on October 4; three title bouts confirmed

Looking to capitalise from a swarm of UFC fans flocking to Melbourne for UFC 243, Australian promotion Eternal MMA will make their debut in the city the Friday before with a jam-packed card set to entertain the crowd.

The event, Eternal MMA 48, will take place at the Melbourne Pavilion with a trio of title fights already scheduled for the card.

The main training partner of UFC champ Robert Whittaker, 26-year-old Isi Fitikefu will defend promotions middleweight title for the second time when he meets local fighter Kitt Campbell.

Undefeated as a pro, New Zealand born, Sydney based Fitikefu, is a prospect to keep an eye out on. He has dominated his last three opponents to earn KO or TKO finishes, most recently adding the Superfight MMA middleweight championship belt to his resume with a first-round stoppage over Cameron Rowston.

Victorian Kitt Campbell will make his Eternal debut. The former Hex Fight Series welterweight champion has been fighting since 2013, so will have both experience and the home crowd on his side. Campbell has had a frustrating 2019 with injuries and event cancellations keeping him on the sidelines. The 25-year-old is a dangerous opponent for anyone, having lost just once in his last seven outings.

Looking to extend his six-fight winning streak, Jack Della will look to defend his welterweight title when he rematches Glen Pettigrew. The two met back in April 2017 where Della came out victorious via a first-round stoppage. The bout was for the vacant Reign title, a now-defunct sister promotion of Eternal.

It was the last time Pettigrew suffered defeat and will come into the rematch on a four-fight winning streak which includes a win over Jack’s brother, Josh Della. In his most recent outing back in May, he edged a unanimous decision win against Aldin Bates.

Josh Della victorious at Cage Warriors 88 [Video]

Jack Della has continued to look unstoppable, most notably travelling to England to compete on Cage Warriors where he defeated a local fighter James Duckett. In 2018, the Scrappy MMA & Fitness trained fighter then secured the Eternal welterweight title, defeating Luke Howard before stopping the previously undefeated Dean Abramo in September of the same year.

The last title fight announced will feature undefeated bantamweight champion Mitch Martin put his belt and unbeaten record on the line when he clashes with NSW fighter Ben Watson. It will be an Australian record, 5th consecutive title defence Martin. Neither fighter likes to go the decision, with both fighters going to the distance just once in their career and with records of 7-0 and 7-1 respectively, it’s going to be a high-stakes bout for both fighters as they look to progress their careers to the next level.

Further fights are scheduled to be released in the coming days.

Early bird ticket prices on sale now and until Friday August 23 with tickets starting from $40 from Eventbrite.

Fight Card:

  • Isi Fitikefu (c) vs. Kitt Campbell – Eternal middleweight title
  • Jack Della (c) vs. Glen Pettigrew – Eternal welterweight title
  • Mitch Martin (c) vs. Ben Watson – Eternal bantamweight title

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Started Martial Arts training after watching Mr Miyagi and Daniel-son in Karate Kid back in 1987. By the time MMA arrived many years later, I was hooked. Coverage of local MMA was via scarce posts on forums like the Underground and Sherdog. I embarked on covering the sport in 2002 and since then have written thousands of articles for both print and online media, before branching out and starting Fight News Australia in 2010. Outside the site, I dream of riding in an F1 car.