Jim Crute vs. Ben Kelleher rematch headlines Hex Fight Series 9 Friday night

Hex Fight Series 9 culminates with a light heavyweight championship bout between rising Victorian standout Jim Crute and Queensland based New Zealander Ben Kelleher.

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

Bendigo native Crute, fighting out of Stewie’s House of BJJ/Team Greco, currently has been on an impressive run and remains undefeated at 4-0 going into his title match against striking specialist Ben Kelleher. This will be the pairs second outing as the two combatants were previously put up against each other at Hex 5. On debut there, Crute made an impressive statement with a dominant first round submission victory.

Kelleher will be stepping in on short notice as Crute’s original opponent Shaw Dean withdrew from the match.

Crute told Fight News Australia in a recent interview.

I feel the result will be the same but the execution will be much cleaner. He has made improvements but I am a completely different fighter compared to 16 months ago.

In the co headliner, Adrenaline MMA’s Jordan Cameron is set to take on Guamanian fighter and former PXC champion Kyle Aguon at featherweight.

Most recently Aguon (10-6) fighting out of Spike 22 is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Pancrase Vet Suguru Nii at Pancrase 284. Hometown fighter Cameron (5-1-1) is coming off his first loss in a close back and forth title fight against Joshua Culibao at Hex Fight Series 8.

Also on the card, local undefeated fighter Aidan Aguilera will take on fellow Victorian James McGlashan, while former Bellator figher JJ Ambrose contests TUF Smashes veteran Ben Wall. Another highly anticipated match up on the card will be fought out between undefeated Australian Top Team product Trent Girdham and Melbourne based Filipino striker Luke Catubig.

Fight Card:

  • Jim Crute vs. Ben Kelleher
  • Jordan Cameron vs. Kyle Aguon
  • Aidan Aguilera vs. James McGlashan
  • JJ Ambrose vs. Ben Wall
  • Trent Girdham vs. Luke Catubig
  • Ciaran Daly vs. William Daddow
  • Aydin Mrouki vs. Daniel Jones
  • Thomas David vs. Andrew Smith
  • Sam McNally vs. Jesse Armstrong
  • Suman Mokhtarian vs. Rodian Menchavez

Crute – Ready and willing to take home the gold at HEX FS 9

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