ACB returns for it’s 88th event in Brisbane, Australia this Saturday morning but goes ahead without its originally scheduled main event.
Chris Camozzi vs Thiago Silva was an eagerly awaited match up for ACB 88 for fight fans this weekend but Silva having seemingly not even made the trip, has forced Camozzi off the card entirely.
The news broke via Camozzi’s Instagram this morning and having sought a late replacement, a suitable candidate was not forthcoming and as a result Camozzi has no opponent and no fight for Saturday night.
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Sad to say I’ve been informed that Thiago Silva somehow didn’t make the trip to #Brisbane for #acb88 so our fight is no longer on. @acb_mma worked hard to find a replacement but we were unable to find one in time. I’m bummed to say the least. I don’t know why Thiago didn’t make the trip so you will have to ask him. It’s unbelievable and this was no short trip for me but I showed up ready to fight. I’ll look forward to my next fight with @acb.mma in the future. I don’t know when yet but we will get something setup hopefully soon. #mma #acb #acb88 #brisbane #australia #fitness #whereyouatthiago #strengthtraining #boxing #muaythai #bjj #someonefindthisguy #fitness
As a result, Luke Barnatt vs Karol Celinski is your new main event.
The Main Event
Luke Barnatt (14-5) is no stranger to the ACB promotion and has fought for organisation four times with a promotional record of (2-2).
The Brit will be hoping to establish some consistency and could go two in a row on Saturday having dispatched Maxin Futin via TKO back in February at ACB 81.
When Barnatt wins, he usually wins with style with 12 of his 14 wins coming by way of stoppage.
Opposite him will be Poland’s Karol Celinski (15-6-1) who has fought under the ACB banner 3 times thus far with three victories to his credit.
A win over Barnatt would be a good scalp for Celinski on his quest to claim middleweight gold.
The Pole has 11 finishes to his name and should look to utilise his ground game early and close the distance to avoid the KO power Barnatt possesses in his hands.
It’s an intriguing looking fight on paper and a fight worthy of taking over the main event spot.
Rest of the Card
Elsewhere on the card, another Polish native Marcin Held (23-7) is making his ACB debut having left the UFC last October.
The submission specialist is hoping to redeem himself and showcase his skills after a rocky road inside the Octagon having lost 3 of his last 5 fights.
He comes up against Australian fighter Callan Potter (16-6) in a lightweight contest.
The Victoria native is riding an 8 win streak with his last loss coming in 2015. Since then, Potter has not looked back and of those 8 fights has finished each of his opponents inside the scheduled distance.
With two submission specialists on show, this is an interesting fight and fans can expect non stop scrambles and exchanging of position in an attempt to sink in that all important submission victory.
How to Watch
ACB 88 begins at 9am BST and can be viewed for free on the ACB Facebook page.
ACB 88 Card
- Luke Barnatt vs. Karol Celinski
- Brett Cooper vs. Adam Townsend
- Tanner Boser vs. Chase Gormley
- Calln Potter vs. Marcin Held
- EJ Brooks vs. Steven Kennedy
- Corey Nelson vs. Mindaugas Veržbickas
- Shannon Ross vs. Charlie Alaniz
- Andrew Fisher vs. Luis Palomino
- Narek Avagyan vs. Raymison Bruno
- Adrian Diaz vs. Frantz Slioa
- Radolfo Vieira vs. TBA
- Alan Philpott vs. Gustavo Falciroli
- Trent Girdham vs. Kyle Reyes