THE BEST: Grow Strong MMA member Zane Brassington after a first-round win at the fight night at WIRAC on Saturday.
THE BEST: Grow Strong MMA member Zane Brassington after a first-round win at the fight night at WIRAC on Saturday. Gerard Walsh

Champ cleans up at mixed martial arts, Warwick style

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: Zane Brassington made it four wins from four fights when he won the main bout at the first Grow Strong Mixed Martial Arts tournament in Warwick on Saturday night.

There were 10 fights on the program, including four for members of the Grow Strong MMA Warwick club.

Brassington was the last fight of the night and was held down early in his City versus Country title fight by Brisbane fighter Vincent Dyer.

The pair fought in the middleweight division.

Once Brassington got back on top, he dominated the exchanges and the fight was over after one minute and 43 seconds.

"I panicked a bit when he had me on the floor,” Brassington said.

"I expected him to do a lot of grappling as his gym is good at grappling. He got one shot on the side of my head.”

Brassington is now hoping to secure an XFC Brisbane fight. "If I keep winning, I hope to turn professional one day,” he said.

He is already planning to buy a new mouthguard after he had a tooth knocked out in the fight.

"I will be off to the dentist this week,” he said.

Grow Strong trainer Ben Pepper said he was happy with the crowd.

"We could not have had a better-behaved crowd,” Pepper said.

The tournament saw an outstanding performance by all four Grow Strong fighters.

"Jimmy O'Mara won in the first round and Dustin Robertson won in 30 seconds,” Pepper said.

Steven Blows said he was nervous before his fight with Lismore's Travis Collins, which he won in the first round.

"It was awesome to win and get my first fight out of the way,” Blows said.

"I had to stay tidy and didn't think the fight would be over in the first round.”

Collins was happy to praise Blows for his performance.

"Ben Pepper is a fantastic coach but I also have a good coach in Sam Nest from Lismore,” he said.

"I was hoping to go three rounds.”

While he isn't from Warwick, Jesse Priaulx had a special reason for wanting to do well in Warwick.

In the 1988 Olympics, his uncle Marcus Priaulx competed for Australia in boxing in Seoul, South Korea, after being trained at the Warwick Boxing Club gym by Sel Brackin.

Jesse was competing for Gamebred and won in the first round against Sonny Fai from the Modern Warrior club.

While Jesse was competing in mixed martial arts, boxing was a significant part of most of the fights at WIRAC on Saturday night.

At age 32, Jesse was competing in his first MMA contest.



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