Recap by Chris Herouvim

Hex Fight Series 9 was definitely one to remember.

The June 23rd event delivered fight fans a well-oiled production, professionally matched bouts, thrilling knockouts, mind blowing submissions, and tantalizing back & forth battles.

The 9 fight card kicked off with a bang, as fans were gifted with the world’s first MMA Teepee Triangle submission. Australian Top Team rising prospect Suman Mokhtarian finished Magana Kiewon at the 4 minute mark of round one with the unique maneuver. Unfortunately for the stay at home audience, this history making finish was not part of the national broadcast. The live fans however, are lucky enough to say that they are amongst a select few who witnessed the history making finish inside the Hex cage as it happened.

That uniquely exciting bout, would set a rhythm for a trail blazing night of action. A night which not only produced heart racing comebacks, upsets, and brutal finishes. But also a display of some of the highest skill level ever seen in the Australasian fight game.

There were many stand out moments on the night, including a memorable performance from J.J Ambrose. The American fight veteran who is usually known for his submissions, put on an exquisite striking display as he defeated UFC veteran Ben Wall. Ambrose revealed big news in his post-fight speech, announcing that he signed a contract with the world renowned industry powerhouse BellatorMMA.

Another particularly impressive performance came from Trent “Nino Loco” Girdham, as he defeated the red hot Luke “The Lycan” Catubig via unanimous decision. The Australian Top Team phenom showed unprecedented maturity as he executed his game plan to full effect, dominating Catubig for all three rounds with pressure & relentless neck attacks. The 19 year old seized his opportunity under the bright lights, on the big stage, with an impeccable showing. With this performance, Girdham cemented his place amongst the very best prospects this country has to offer.

Then there was the unforgettable main event, for the Hex Fight Series Light-Heavyweight Championship. The match saw Jim “The Brute” Crute destroy the tough & crafty Ben Kelleher. It took Jim Crute just 1 minute and 20 seconds to decimate his opponent, with the bout coming to a close via submission due to an arm triangle choke. The young powerhouse looked very slick, extremely dangerous, and absolutely unstoppable as he ran through Kelleher with a combination of ground n pound & relentless submission attacks. Crute fought with a deadly mixture of intelligence & power, “The Brute” never sacrificed his dominant position for a submission attempt. That skill is rarely seen in a fighter with only 4 professional outings to his name. The finish sent a terrifying message to every Light-Heavyweight in the region. Crute snatched the prestigious Hex gold, and is now undisputedly ranked number 1 in his weight class in all of Australasia.

As we wrap up a big weekend of fights, I think it’s safe to say, that Hex Fight Series 9 was definitely one to remember.