Former ACB welterweight king Brett Cooper (25-13-0) returns to Australia, looking to build on his two-fight knockout streak. The thirty-year-old knocked out Sharaf Davlatmurodov at ACB 76 on the Gold Coast last year and followed that with an impressive first round KO of Andre Santos at ACB 82 in March. Cooper will be looking to stake his claim for another shot at the title, with the American currently second in the welterweight rankings.
Across the cage from Cooper will be his compatriot, Adam “Primetime” Townsend (18-5-0). The twenty-nine-year-old got his ACB career off to a flying start, submitting Husein Kushagov at ACB 70, before slipping to a narrow decision defeat to Arbi Agujev at ACB 74 last November. ACB 88 will be the first time that Townsend has competed for the Australian fans and with fourteen of his eighteen wins coming inside the distance, it would be fair for them to expect fireworks.
England’s Andrew Fisher (17-8-1) will venture to Australia for the first time as he enters the eleventh year of his career. The fourth-ranked ACB featherweight will look to build on impressive wins over Niklas Backstrom and Akop Stepanyan to strengthen his case for a crack at the title in the 145lbs division.
Mixed martial arts veteran Luis Palomino (26-15-0) will be across the cage from Fisher in Brisbane. The Peruvian knockout artist has had a mixed start to life at ACB, having picked up two victories, followed by back-to-back decision losses to current champion Yusuf Raisov and Lom-Ali Eskijew. A win for Palomino in Brisbane would fire the heavy handed Peruvian back to the top ten in the ACB featherweight rankings.
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.