Thiago Silva vs. Chris Camozzi announced for ACB’s return to Australia

After making their Australian debut in December, Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) will return on June 16 with Thiago Silva meeting Chris Camozzi in the main event.

The event, ACB 88, will take place at the Sleeman Sports Complex on Brisbane’s outskirts with ticket information to be confirmed.

Thiago Silva (20-7, 2NC), a former UFC light-heavyweight, has had mixed results since joining the Russian promotion in 2017. He won his debut against Jared Torgeson via decision before losing to Batraz Agnaev via TKO. He bounced back with a TKO of his own against Daniel Toledo and was edged via split points decision in his last outing against Mikhail Kolobegov.

It will be the first time the 35-year-old will compete in Australia and he is promising a stoppage.

“I’m very excited to go to Australia. It will be my first time there and the Australian people can expect a good fight as always. Expect an aggressive Thiago Silva and I will knock out Chris Camozzi!” the Brazilian said in a press-release issued by the promotion.

After a three fight losing stint in the UFC, American Chris Camozzi (24-13) put his MMA career on hold to sign with GLORY Kickboxing. Camozzi, 31, won with a second-roudn TKO over Kyle Weickhardt however lost his last outing against Mike Lemaire in March.

Camozzi believe the time is now to make the return to MMA and is looking forward to returning back to Australia, having competed in Australia a pair of times during his UFC tenure.

“Fighting in Australia is always amazing. The fans there are very knowledgable and love mixed martial arts. I can’t wait to see Brisbane,” Camozzi said in the press-release.

In another light-heavyweight bout confirmed for the event, Luke Barnatt (14-5) will meet Karol Celinski (15-6, 1D) from Poland. Both fighters are in good form with Barnatt losing twice in his last eight outings while Celinski three times since 2010.

ACB delivers on the Gold Coast

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