Hot on the heels of yesterday’s fight announcements, ACB have confirmed that a pair of exciting welterweight contests have been added to the Brisbane card. Australian’s Corey Nelson and Steven Kennedy are all set to make their ACB debuts with Nelson facing Lithuanian Mindaugas Verbickas, whilst Kennedy takes on highly ranked American, EJ Brooks.
Australia’s own Corey Nelson (20-6-2) will make his long awaited promotional debut at ACB 88. Nelson was initially set to make his ACB bow at ACB 76 last December, before injury forced the welterweight to withdraw. Nelson will find himself in familiar territory in Brisbane having fought just once outside of his home nation in his 28 fight career. With fifteen of his twenty wins coming by knockout, he’ll be aiming to give the Brisbane fans a reason to celebrate.
Lithuania’s Mindaugas Verbickas (14-6-2) will make his fifth appearance in the ACB cage and is looking to bounce back after suffering consecutive losses for the first time in his career. Verzbickas has fought across Europe, but the “Silent Assassin” will be hoping to silence the home fans when he fights on Australian soil for the first time.
35-year-old Australian Steven Kennedy (25-8) will make his ACB debut in front of a sure-to-be partisan crowd in Brisbane. “The Steamroller” has already kicked off 2018 in style, with a first round submission victory under his belt. Kennedy has a well earned reputation for keeping fights out of the judges hands with nineteen of his twenty-five wins coming inside the distance.
Looking to spoil the party is EJ Brooks (12-5). Brooks has made a successful start to life in the ACB welterweight division, picking up a decision victory over Husein Kushagov at ACB 85 in Rimini, Italy. “The Pretty Boy” brings a four fight win streak into the contest and will doubtless be looking to drag Kennedy into unfamiliar waters, with each of his last nine fights being decided by the judges.
ACB 88 marks the promotion’s second visit to Australia, with ACB 76 taking place on the Gold Coast on December 9th 2017. It will mark the first major MMA event to hit Brisbane since 2016 and with the promotion promising huge fight announcements in the coming weeks there are plenty more reasons for Australian fight fans to get excited.