BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPION – JORDAN LUCAS
Jordan ‘Showtime’ Lucas has certainly lived up to both his name and the hype. The twenty year old was involved in one of the fights of the year against Richie Ivory taking out a hard fought decision in a round one war. The undefeated Lucas next faced livewire Edwin Arana in semi final action perfectly implementing his game plan to finish his opponent with a Rear Naked Choke in the first round. His title fight against Steve Reeks was a technical striking battle until Lucas seized his moment on the ground to lock in a Rear Naked Choke.
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPION – JAMIE MULLARKEY
Young gun Jamie Mullarkey has taken the MMA world by storm in 2014. His brutal TKO finish of Joshua Pecastaing in round one action saw him advance to the semi where he disposed of a tough Byron Cowell by Rear Naked Choke in the first round. The much anticipated title fight against JJ Van Aswegen lasted less than a minute before a referee stoppage saw Mullarkey claim the 2014 BRACE Championship Featherweight title.
LIGHTWEIGHT CHAMPION – ABEL BRITES
Abel Brites absolutely blew through the competition securing a 26 second Arm Bar win over Kevin Manderson in first round action. Next the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu purple belt silenced the parochial Newcastle crowd in his semi final bout, opening up Adam Bourke and pounding his way to victory, his win again coming in the first round. In his toughest test Brites survived a vicious early barrage from Ali Cevik in his title fight. He came back strongly and finally locked in a Rear Naked Choke forcing Cevik to tap with only one second remaining in round 2.
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION – COREY NELSON
Corey Major Nelson has fought the who’s who of Australian MMA. Nelson came into this fight against undefeated Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Steve Micallef as the defending BRACE Welterweight champion after defeating Tony Rossini by third round TKO at BRACE 19. Nelson seized his chance late in the first round stunning Micallef before finishing him for the TKO victory.
MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION – ROB WILKINSON
Razor’ Rob Wilkinson remains undefeated and did not see the second round in any of his fights during the 2014 tournament. Wilkinson made quick work of Kitt Campbell securing a first round Triangle Choke in the first round of the tournament then overcame a broken hand early in his semi final fight to TKO Rick Alchin with elbows. In title action he nullified the always dangerous Gerhard Voight before submitting him in the first round by Rear Naked Choke to take the 2014 championship back to Tasmania.
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION – MIKE TURNER
Submission specialist Mike ‘The Turnernator’ Turner began his title campaign in a true old school match up of styles, claiming his place in the final with a unanimous decision over powerful striker Sam K9 Kay. In title action the Adelaide native survived a near stoppage in the first round after his opponent Connor Murphy landed a well placed head kick and followed up with some savage Ground and Pound. Turner rallied before returning to his dangerous ground game, securing both the win and title with a Rear Naked Choke in the second round.