Tristan Murphy makes his return to the BRACE cage after his debut for the promotion saw him walk away with a second round submission over fellow newcomer Tom Kingston.

The current Eternal MMA welterweight title holder, Murphy splits his time between training and a plumbing apprenticeship, and will be keen to add another strap to the trophy cabinet when he takes on Rick Alchin at BRACE 42 in Canberra on August 13.

“He (Rick) is a very solid guy, very well rounded with a brown belt in jiu-jitsu. He also likes to stand and bang and is a big guy, very muscular, who has plenty of power. It should be an entertaining fight,” Murphy said.

“I’ve never been one for bad blood or anything like that but I could see me finishing him in the second round via TKO.”

Murphy has been working towards this moment since he started training judo under the tutelage of his father, who is a lifelong martial artist, at age four. The progression into MMA was a slow and natural one; firstly finding jiu-jitsu, after moving to Australia from the UK, and then kickboxing before meshing the disciplines together and taking his first professional fight back in 2012.

“I’ve always been competitive. I like the challenge of the sport, trying to physically get myself to a peak position and mentally being able to outperform someone else. I’ve always competed in someway whether it be judo or jiu-jitsu.  The next thing was to get into the ring and have a fight.”

In a four year period Murphy has managed to string together an impressive record of 6-2. His two losses coming to top-tier opponents in current UFC welterweight Anton Zafir and former UFC fighter, Benny Alloway.

“I’ve never really been one to take an easy fight. I like to take hard fights, the ones that are going to challenge me the most. I want to be tested. Taking away from those fights (with Zafir and Alloway), of course I want to fight them again. When you’re fighting high calibre guys, one in the UFC and one ex-UFC, a loss is a loss but when you lose to guys like that it’s really just a learning experience.”

For now though the welterweight division on local soil is Murphy’s firm focus. With a move to Integrated MMA in September last year, to train with the likes of Adrian Pang and Damien Brown, Murphy has positioned himself to continue working his way up to the top of the rankings.

“I think it’s (welterweight) a solid division. I’m happy I’ve spread my wings a little fighting for BRACE, being able to move out of the Queensland MMA scene and test myself against other guys from Sydney, Canberra etc. I’m definitely up there with the best of them. Moving to Integrated MMA last year was the best decision for my career and things are only looking up for me.”

Catch all the action for BRACE 42 as Tristan Murphy takes on Rick Alchin live from AIS Arena in Canberra on 13 August. Tickets are available through TickeTek with all fights being live streamed through UFC Fight Pass from 2pm (AEST).