WEEKEND RESULTS (02/03/2018 – 04/03/2018)

The Absolute MMA team started March with a bang, with four fighters from the gym stepping into the ring at Roots 6: Natural Mystic/Rebellion Muay Thai 18: Return of The Weapon on Saturday, 3rd of March 2018.

Gracie Astill-Torchia kicked things off for the team on Roots 6, fighting against Lucy Duvnjak.
Having gone through an incredibly hard fightcamp that left her a little depleted, Gracie came forward, gaining strength as the rounds progressed and pushed hard to grind out a win via UPD against a talented opponent. Congratulations on continuing your winning streak Gracie!

James White was up next in the ring, fighting against a tough opponent with significant reach on him. Despite a loss via SPD James fought hard and we couldn’t be prouder of the determination he showed. Well done James!

Headlining Roots 6, Albert “Timorese Assassin” faced off against Sulamin Hashemi in the main event of the card. Alby fought a great battle, but didn’t get the result wanted in a close decision via SPD. Can’t wait to see Alby back in the ring stronger than ever for the experience gained!

With Roots over for the Day, Rebellion Muay Thai 18 began at 6pm, with Joe “Smokin Joe” Coverdale fighting second on the card against Angus McLennan. Joe displayed great technique and had a lot of fun in the ring against a strong opponent, unfortunately coming out with a loss via SPD.

On Sunday, four of our Absolute MMA Boxing team members went to St Albans to fight at the VAMAA Interclub.

Dushan Oshin Lankaputhra Wanniarachchige, Juen How Low (Jacky) and Daniel Morandin all won their bouts, with Aneira Connell’s bout resulting in a draw. All members of our boxing team showed improved technique, with Coach Pradeep Sihag “The Indian Warrior” noting “the highlight of the day was (the) straight right hand punch from each boxer”. Congratulations to all of you on your hard work!

Photo Credits: William Luu Fight Photography & Pradeep Sihag Singh


We have many amazing people with interesting stories that walk into all our gyms! The member spotlight turns to Kyle Morgan aka Kyle “KP” Morgz, long term member (since the yellow mat era) at Absolute MMA.

Occupation: UX Research & Design Manager

Martial Arts/Sports: Mixed Martial Arts

How did you get into the sport?
“I actually blame Bruce Lee, Van Damme & Chuck Norris really, at an early age they inspired me to start Martial Arts. I did Karate and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu from a very early age into my teens, then I discovered skating, girls and parties and took some time off. A few years on I still had this innate desire to train and be a white Bruce Lee so I decided it was time to get back into Martial Arts. So I decided to do something that was actually effective, so here I am.”
What are your immediate training goals?
“There are two things I really like to do: whoop ass and look good. I’m doing one of them right now and each week when training, I’m doing the other.”
What are your goals for the next five years?
“Training wise; Train, compete and advance in BJJ as much as possible – its addictive. Maintain my striking and hopefully compete again.”
Why do you love training at Absolute MMA?
“I think its been around 6 years of training here now, but ultimately because the family/community feel here is incredible. I’ve made some great friends and met some amazing people. It’s a great feeling when you’ve just finished work and you walk into the club and see multiple mates and can train together. The staff and coaches are world class also, which is why we have remained the great environment we are.”
What is your favourite move?
“Left hook or jab, the jab is totally underrated in MMA, and anything leg lock related for grappling at this stage.”
What do you like to do to relax besides training?
“Relax….say what? I work full time, study, train and try to keep my wife happy haha, its a fine juggle. Training relaxes me to be honest, that post training feeling is great.”
Who are the kind of people that you look up to and why?
“Someone who comes from nothing or with odds against them, and makes something of themselves and or improves their life. Kudos to those who don’t use excuses, have vision and self belief.”
If you could go back in time to your first martial art class, what would be the advice you give to your past self?
“I remember my first MMA Class with Gustavo (Yellow Mat days), and having very little preparation and going straight into sparring – WOW, my advice would be remember to BREATHE. Also I should have taken up Gi BJJ long before I did, so I would go back and convince myself Gi’s are cool and started earlier.”

“When I think of Kyle, one quote comes to mind ‘I don’t call 9-1-1, I call on 4-1-1 – giddy up, bitches!’.” – Brenton McKiterick, 


Well done to our four champs who pushed themselves at VAMAA last week! You all showed off your technique and did us proud. We can’t wait to see you all learn and grow even more from this experience, and get back in there once again.

1. Jordan Smart win via majority
Jordan and his opponent stood in front of each other and traded bombs for the whole fight. A well deserved win for Jordan with Coach Liam McNeill saying he’d “Never seen so many right hands landed before in a fight.”

2. Jordan Nathaniel loss via points
Jordan fought a much taller opponent with significant reach and did very well to defend, managing to land multiple sweeps throughout all the rounds. A close match with great technique displayed by Jordan!

3. Chris Burrows win via points
Super fast hands from Chris in this fight! An extremely dominant performance from Chris from rounds 1 through to, and a well deserved win despite getting in trouble in the clinch a couple of times.

4. Ryan Gilder loss via points
Ryan gilder utilized his footwork and boxing in this fight against a tough opponent. Despite copping a fair few knees to the gut, it was clear that Ryan was having fun with a big smile on his face throughout the whole fight. Good on you for getting in there Ryan!

Thanks to everyone who came to support and help out on the night!

(Photo credit: Liam McNeill)