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Kunlun Fight MMA 16/AFC 22 Recap and Results: Sokoudjou and Pfister Snatch up Gold, Issac Hardman Retains

Kunlun Fight MMA 16/AFC 22 commenced at the Melbourne Pavilion in Melbourne, Australia on October 28.

The intercontinental partnership between Kunlun Fight (KLF) and Australian Fighting Championship (AFC) kicked off without a hitch in Melbourne, Australia at their inaugural event. On top of having three titles on the line, some of the up-and-coming talent throughout the Chinese and Australian MMA scenes got to show off their skills in the art of violence.

Here are some of the highlights from the historic night.

Sokoudjou Dismantles the Knockout Machine

The Cameroonian juggernaut came into this matchup on a two-fight skid, but by the way things worked out, the fans never noticed. He was considered somewhat of an underdog due to Jamie Abdallah’s status in the promotion and his reputation for putting people to sleep. This did not phase Sokoujou one bit as he went in and threw bombs to take the light heavyweight title.

“The African Assassin” started off with a nice counter left hook that stunned his opponent and used short elbows with efficiency. However, the rest of the round was all Abdallah utilizing forward pressure and the clinch to land power shots against the fence. He also landed some flamboyant flying knees throughout some of the exchanges.

The beginning of round two had Abdallah continuing his onslaught and Sokoudjou looked like he was in some deep trouble until he snuck in an elbow that knocked “The Real Deal” back and had him running in the opposite direction. Sokoudjou followed him to connect with some solid uppercuts and finished the fight with some ground and pound.

This battle is a prime example of how one precise blow can change the whole direction of a fight in an instance. Sokoudjou stays undefeated in Australia and is crown the new AFC light heavyweight champion.

Issac Hardman is a Headhunter

It’s hard to deny the title of knockout artist to Issac “Headsplitter” Hardman. He has been dismantling the lightweight division for the last two years and Rob Hill is just another name on the list of victims.

While Hill used a varied attack mixing in takedowns, Hardman stayed composed, picked his shots and defended everything well.

At the two minute mark in the second frame, the title-challenger threw a lazy leg kick with his hands down and the champ countered with a laser right to the dome. Hill was unconscious before he even hit the canvas.

Hardman gets his fifth knockout victory in a row and defends his lightweight title for the second time. The undefeated Integrated MMA gunslinger is definitely a showstopper and should gardner a lot of interest from other promotions.

Cody Pfister Comes in and Conquers

In this Intercontential Title bout, Pfister took on one of the best lightweights China has to offer in Haotian Wu. Yet he rode the momentum he has created since getting cut by the UFC to obtain the unanimous decision.

Wu started off quickly by latching on a guillotine choke, however, Pfister narrowly escaped and embarked on his attack. They exchanged takedowns throughout the round and it stayed pretty close to the bell.

The second frame began with Pfister getting a big slam to get Wu to the ground and then working to the back. Yet Wu was able to escape and reverse position to ride the back. He almost got the choke but the American defended well and survived.

The final round was all Pfister with wrestling and solid strikes from top position. Although Wu had a nice omoplata attempt, Pfister pulled out easily and dominated from the top to edge out the round.

In the end, effective wrestling allowed Pfister to get the upset and take home the title all the way back to the United States. He extends his streak to three and earns his second title in three fights.

Listed below are the full results for Kunlun Fight MMA 16/AFC 22.

Event: Kunlun Fight MMA 16/ Australian Fighting Championship 22
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Location: Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Australia

-Main Card-

Light Heavyweight Title Main Event
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou defeats Jamie Abdallah
TKO (Punches), Round 2

Lightweight Title Co-Main Event
Issac Hardman defeats Rob Hill
KO (Punch), Round 2

Welterweight Match
Lipeng Zhang defeats Mikey Vaotuua
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Round 1

Featherweight Match
Daniel Jones defeats Jose Fransisco
TKO (Punches), Round 2

Flyweight Match
Meixuan Zhang defeats Mario Moreno
Submission (Armbar), Round 2

Welterweight Match
Shaowei Wang defeats Peter Davenport
TKO (Referee Stoppage), Round 3

Intercontinental Lightweight Title
Cody Pfister defeats Haotian Wu
Unanimous Decision

Welterweight Match
Dane Beeby defeats Brock McRobb
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Round 2

Middleweight Match
Luke Spears defeats Oscar Kong
Unanimous Decision

Featherweight Match
Kazumasa Majima defeats Luke Jones
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Round 1

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John Hyon Ko is an Asia-based combat sports journalist as well as the host and producer of Kumite Radio.