Boxer Tim ‘Quickdraw’ Moore will headline a show on the Gold Coast on Saturday.
He will attempt to retain his flyweight title.
In a battle between two of the very best flyweights in Australia, Tim Moore will strive to defend his Eternal title against ex team mate Luke Morris.
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Cam O’Neill of Eternal MMA says having two of Australia’s brightest prospects headline the show reinforces Eternal’s position as a premier pro-am event that’s opening doors for amateurs and seasoned professionals alike, across all weight divisions.
“Both of these athletes have bright international futures ahead of them and whoever takes out the title can safely be considered the best flyweight in the country,” he said.
“We are lucky at Eternal to have so many talented and dedicated fighters who will be competing on Saturday night, including a number of Gold Coast locals, like Tim Moore, who have the potential to compete in the UFC.”
Hosted for the first time at the Nerang PCYC, Eternal 14 is expected to attract record crowds following the UFC’s unparalleled success in Melbourne.
“The UFC show in Melbourne last month (November) attracted over 56,000 people, which is a record attendance for any UFC event,” O’Neill said.
“MMA is the fastest growing sport in Australia and Eternal 14 will be the biggest pro-am event of its kind to ever be held on the Gold Coast due the sport’s rising following and the incredible pool of local talent.
“The UFC is now slated to come to Brisbane in March 2016 and a number of the athletes fighting on Saturday night’s card are vying for the attention of the scouts responsible for signing talent for the internationally acclaimed event.”
Moore, who trains in Burleigh, currently holds three Australian MMA titles while his opponent, Coffs Harbour based fighter Morris, holds two. According to Moore, this match-up is set to be one tough showdown taking the winner one step closer to an international debut.
“Luke and I know each other personally, we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses in the ring and I am certainly going to be using this to my advantage, as no doubt Luke will be,” he said.
“Eternal has been an incredible stepping stone for up and coming local MMA athletes including my current team mate Reece McLaren who has just been signed to ONE Championship in Manila – arguably one of the most prestigious fight championships around the world.
“I am really proud to be training alongside a group of talented mixed martial artists, both male and female, and I am ready to step into the ring at Eternal 14 and extend my winning streak to four in a row.”
Eternal 14 will feature a Vacant Lightweight Title fight between two Australian MMA favourites who boast over 30 fights between them – Gold Coast based David Butt and Greg Atzori. There are also three female fights scheduled on the night.
Over 9000 people have purchased tickets and attended Eternal since 2012, with 13 successful shows and over 100 fights completed to date.
Doors open at 5.00pm, fists fly at 6.00pm. Tickets available via eternalmma.com and on the door on the night, be early to secure.