Hex FS 11: Alaniz vs Yamashita Preview

Hex Fight Series 11 culminates with a flyweight championship bout between current undisputed Hex champion Charlie Alaniz and Pancrase veteran Hiroki Yamashita.

The nine fight card will take place at local fight venue, the Melbourne Pavilion, this Friday night, and will be telecast live on Fox Sports Australia.

Melbourne based American, Alaniz, training for this fight out of Kimekai fight team, was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 24 where he lost to eventual show winner Tim Elliot. Alaniz (10-2) has been active since returning from the reality show, making debuts in both International promotions Deep, and PXC. Alaniz will be defending his flyweight title for the first time since winning the title against Senzo Ikeda at Hex FS 3 back in 2015.

His opponent Yamashita (6-4) is a representative of Paraestra Osaka and in his last outing back in July, secured a close decision win over fellow Japanese fighter Taiki Akiba at Pancrase Osaka. Yamashita has faced notable regional level competition over his short career and will be eager to challenge for his first title when he meets popular promotional favourite & adopted Melbourne fighter, Charlie Alaniz.

In the co-headliner of the night, Australian Top Team knockout artist Darwin Sagurit will be taking on Filipino UFC veteran Roldan Sangcha-an, in what will be expected to be an explosive stand-up war. As of late, Darwin Sagurit (7-3) has been unstoppable with his run on the local circuit, knocking out some of Australia’s premier talent in the process, and late in 2016, was victorious in capturing the Brace bantamweight title. Sagurit made his international debut with PXC earlier in 2016, where he came up short in a decision loss against Rex De Lara of the Philippines.

Roldan Sangcha-an is making a return after a two year lay-off since competing with the UFC. Sangcha-an is also a striking specialist, previously fighting out of the famed Team Lakay gym in the Philippines, but has since made the move to Melbourne and established a home for himself at Absolute MMA Collingwood.

Also on the card, undefeated Jack Jenkins is matched up against fellow Victorian Jesse Medina. Metamorphica MMA’s Jenkins (3-0) has been on an impressive run since making his professional debut at Minotaur 4 last year. Medina fighting out of Mildura Martial Arts (11-6) holds an edge when it comes to experience, but both fighters are well versed in all facets of MMA.

Also of note, Ricky Camp of Guam will be taking on Melbourne based Filipino Luke Catubig.

Fight Card:

  • Charlie Alaniz vs. Hiroki Yamashita
  • Darwin Sagurit vs. Roldan Sangcha-an
  • Jesse Medina vs. Jack Jenkins
  • Ricky Camp vs. Luke Catubig
  • Alex Gorgees vs. Hanif Zainal
  • Steve Erceg vs. Sean Gauci
  • Sam Jo Toetu vs. Matt Eland
  • William Namoa vs. Ryan Barry
  • Jordan O’connor vs. Muhamad Haidar Bin Darus

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