Hex Fight Series 13: Campbell vs Vaile; Crute vs Kim

Victorian based promotion Hex Fight Series returns for show number thirteen this Friday night at the Melbourne Pavilion. The stacked eleven fight card culminates with two title fights put on the line in the light-heavyweight and welterweight divisions.

In the headliner, hometown fighter & defending Hex welterweight champion Kitt Campbell is set to take on current XFC welterweight champion Matt Vaile from New Zealand.

Both combatants hold impressive records and have competed against some of the regions top talents. Kitt Campbell (8-2) fighting out of Pro Fitness MMA currently boasts a four fight win streak and to date is undefeated at welterweight. In his most recent outing, Campbell captured the welterweight title via a tough unanimous decision over Kiwi John Vake at Hex FS 10 in Perth. Campbell started off his MMA career as a judo specialist, but has since developed into a high level Muay Thai striker over the last few years.

Title challenger Matt Vaile (9-1) fighting out of Core MMA, also boasts a strong record and is currently on a four fight win streak. Most recently, Vaile defended his title at XFC 32 where he came away the victor as a result of a TKO stoppage in round one. Although Vaile primarily likes to keep the standing he is also well versed in all facets of his game.

The co-main event of night, will be staged between current light heavyweight champion Jim Crute from Bendigo against South Korean MMA veteran Doo Hwan Kim. Victorian Jim Crute fights out of Stewie’s House of BJJ/ Team Greco and holds an undefeated record of 6-0. At just 22-years old Crute is one of Australia’s top prospects and with a win will be looking to further his chances of securing an international contract.

Late replacement Doo Hwan Kim, fights out of the the prestigious Korean Top Team gym. Doo Hwan Kim (9-4) has extensive experience fighting on premiere international promotions, and holds notable wins over Australian based fighters Sam Kei and Brandon Ropati.

Hex Fight Series 13 will be broadcast live on Epicentre.tv from 7pm AEDT. This will be available to viewers both in Australia and around the world with a delayed Fox Sports Australia screening to follow next week.

Fight Card:

  • Kitt Campbell (c) vs. Matt Vaile – Hex Fight Series welterweight title
  • Jim Crute (c) def. Doo Hwan Kim via Decision (Unanimous) – Hex Fight Series light-heavyweight title
  • John Vake vs. Junyong Park
  • Darwin Sagurit vs. Jung Hyun Ahn
  • Jack Jenkins vs. Sang Won Kim
  • Sean Gauci vs. Richard Lockett
  • Sam Jo Toetu vs. Dean Abramo
  • Aidan Aguilera vs. Greg Atzori
  • Thomas David vs. Sean Le Gourrierec
  • Simon Carson vs. Young Woo Yoo
  • Saeid Karsaz vs. William Namoa

*Image via W.L Fight Photography

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David Lewellin is a Melbourne based contributor for Fight News Australia.