Diamondback Fighting Championship returns to the Adelaide Oval this coming Sunday with an intriguing pair of title fights headlining another solid offering from the South Australian based promotion.
Training out of the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket, Thailand, English fighter Jason Radcliffe will venture into enemy territory as he looks to upset local favorite Shane Mitchell in the main event, and take home the promotion’s vacant middleweight title in the process.
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A regional champion in the UK, Radcliffe holds a 12-3 pro record and has finished all of his victories inside the distance. The 31 year-old last fought for the Cage Warriors middleweight title in June, falling short against undefeated Polish fighter Oskar Piechota. The defeat snapped a seven-fight win streak for the Brit. Radcliffe will now look to right the ship against the streaking Aussie.
Mitchell (9-3) is no stranger to DBFC having previously fought twice for the promotion, most recently outpointing tough Kiwi Brandon Ropati in March. The result made it three consecutive victories for the Aussie and cemented his spot in Sunday’s middleweight title fight.
The vacant heavyweight title will be up for grabs in the co-main event as undefeated Melbourne based fighter Jeremy Joiner (5-0) takes on Adelaide’s Mike Turner (7-5).
Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Joiner goes into his third appearance for the promotion on the back of a quick-fire first round KO of local standout Chris Lokteff in May.
On the other side of the equation, a former Brace light heavyweight champion, Turner will be eager to reverse a three-fight slump on the night, most recently losing to national Judo champion Duke Didier earlier in the year. The defeat prompted a move up in weight class for Turner, a decision which has impacted his training camp for the positive.
“You’ll notice I don’t sound vague and tired and like I’m dying because no weight cut. Loving that aspect of life,” Turner told Fight News Australia in a recent interview.
“[Light heavyweight] was working for me and I feel like I could get [weight cuts] done but the big problem that we were having was, in the last couple of years, a lot of my fight camps felt like they were dedicated to me getting to the weight. It wasn’t about me becoming a better martial artist and improving my skills.”
Among other fights slated for the night, undefeated in 2017 with four victories, ATT Western Sydney’s Sam Joe Toetu will square off with promotional regular Josh Frank at welterweight.
Fight Card (Pro):
- Shane Mitchell vs. Jason Radcliffe – Diamondback FC middleweight title
- Jeremy Joiner vs. Mike Turner – Diamondback FC heavyweight title
- Sam Jo Toetu vs. Josh Frank
- Michael Mannu vs. Jamie Renouf
- Aydin Mrouki vs. Alan Hartley
- Lachlan Dart vs. Karim Kamara
Fight Card (Amateur):
- Nick Edwards vs. Jay Mavromihalis
- Harry Gabrielson vs. Mark Masefield
- Tom Hamilton vs. Tim Rogers
Submission Only Grappling:
- Elton Batty vs. Declan Moody
- Devon Coetzee vs. Jordan Crispin