Hex Fight Series 11 Preview: Flyweight King Charlie Alaniz To Retain His Throne

Hex Fight Series 11 | Friday, September 1, 9pm (AEST), Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne 

After a stellar show in Perth which marked the first MMA competition to be held inside a cage in Western Australia since the state ban was lifted, Hex Fight Series returns to Melbourne on Friday for Hex Fight Series 11. 

The event will showcase a combination of well-known Hex veterans, and promising rising stars.

Hex's last show, headlined by Kitt Campbell and John Vake's welterweight title fight, produced thrilling knockouts, slick submissions, and some shocking upsets inside the cage.

Hex Fight Series 11 is gearing up to produce more of the same.

Punters should be eagerly anticipating the event, which will take place at the Melbourne Pavilion.

Let's take a look at some of the key match-ups. 

Charlie Alaniz v Hiroki Yamashita, Flyweight Title, 10pm (AEST)

Charlie Alaniz (pictured at top) is making his much-anticipated return to the Hex cage after recently competing on The Ultimate Fighter 24: Tournament of Champions.

The Hex Flyweight King possesses the kind of skills which could ensure he keeps his throne for some time. 

The Californian has a relentless style that mixes crisp striking with high-level grappling.

He has looked outstanding in recent times, holding his own against the eventual winner of The Ultimate Fighter 24 and UFC title challenger Tim Elliott, before being submitted by the grappling wizard.

Hiroki Yamashita (pictured above) will be making the trip from Japan to Melbourne to challenge for the title.

The Pancrase veteran has faced numerous high-level opponents during his career, which has seen him rack up six wins as a professional, including three via KO.

The Japanese star is extremely aggressive and always starts strongly. 

The Verdict

Yamashita will come to fight and possesses good power in his hands.

If he pressures Alaniz (pictured above) early on, he could cause an upset and snatch the gold.

However, Alaniz is highly skilled, and Yamashita is used to fighting in bouts with three, three minute rounds (Pancrase rules).

This title fight is five, five-minute rounds and punters can expect Alaniz to have the stamina to keep up a good pace for the entire 25 minutes. 

Unibet Odds: Charlie Alaniz 1.28 Hiroki Yamashita 3.50

Tip: Alaniz 

Matt Eland v Sam Jo Toetua, 9pm (AEST)

Punters should keep their eyes glued to the cage for this one. 

Matt Eland (pictured above) loves to bring a furious pace of relentless attack when he steps inside the cage.

He’s coming into this bout fresh off an incredible showing at the Ozzie Toughman Kickboxing event on August 12, where he placed second after knocking out three of his four opponents on the night. 

Sam Joe Toetu (pictured below) is a heavy hitting competitor who is fighting out of the prominent MMA stable, Australian Top Team.

He rides a three-match winning streak into the bout. 

The Verdict

Eland will have a significant experience advantage in the contest, but both men possess the power to finish the fight with strikes and both men have momentum coming into the bout.

This match-up has all the key ingredients to produce a thrilling stand-up war. 

Unibet Odds: Matt Eland 1.57 Sam Joe Toetu 2.30

Tip: Eland 

Jack Jenkins v Jesse Medina, 9.15pm (AEST)

Jack Jenkins (pictured above) is an extremely talented undefeated prospect with a professional record of 3-0.

He has finished all three fights on the floor, including two via ground and pound, and one via submission. 

Jesse Medina (pictured below) is a very experienced grappling specialist with eleven professional wins to his name.

All of his victories have come via submission.  

The Verdict

Both of these men are extremely talented ground specialists.

Jenkins has been on a seemingly unstoppable run, however none of his previous opponents have been on Medina's level.

This will be the biggest test of his career thus far. 

Unibet Odds: Jack Jenkins 1.33 Jesse Medina 3.15

Tip: Medina 

Luke Catubig v Ricky Camp, 9.30pm (AEST)

Luke Catubig (pictured above) is a talented Hex veteran who prefers to keep the fight standing.

All of his eight wins have come via KO.

He holds a notable KO victory over Jamie Mullarkey (9-2) whose only losses are to Catubig and UFC fighter Alexander Volkanovski.  

Ricky Camp (pictured below) is a Guamanian PXC veteran who is trained by former Hex veteran and current Bellator fighter J.J Ambrose.

Similar to his opponent, all of Camp's seven wins have come via a finish, with three KO's and four submissions. 

The Verdict

Camp should have a slightly more well-rounded game.

However, Catubig has excellent striking and is very tough to finish on the ground.

This is a difficult fight to call. 

Unibet Odds: Luke Catubig 2.80 Ricky Camp 1.40

Tip: Camp

Darwin Sagurit v Roldan Sangcha-An, 9.45pm (AEST)

This one could produce fireworks. 

Darwin Sagurit (pictured above) brings a ruthlessly aggressive style into the cage, which has earned him seven wins in professional MMA, including five KO's.

The heavy hitting Australian Top Team prospect holds a notable victory over BJJ black belt and MMA veteran Gustavo Falciroli, who became the third of Sagurit's five KO victims when the two clashed in 2016. 

Roldan Sangcha-an (pictured below) is a well-rounded UFC veteran who also likes to throw heavy leather.

Of his four professional wins, two have come via KO, two via submission.

The aggressive Filipino fighter hasn’t competed in MMA since 2015. 

The Verdict

As fight fans know, anything can happen when two aggressive fighters start swinging.

Punters can have some fun with this one, as one strike could end the night for either man.

It’ll be interesting to see how Sangcha-an looks after a two-year layoff. 

Unibet Odds: Darwin Sagurit 2.80 Roldan Sangcha-an 1.40

Tip: Sagurit 

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