Atlas Fighting Championship 24 Review
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The Gulf Coast’s premier MMA promotion returned on GFL as AFC presented “Atlas Fighting Championship 24” emanating from the Golden Nugget Casino and Hotel in Biloxi, Mississippi. This event featured a stacked card, showcasing 3 title fights along with the top up and coming prospects from the Gulf Coast. AFC is the premier MMA organization in the Magnolia State and the greater Gulf Coast region.
In the main event, in a rematch, for the vacant Atlas Fights Bantamweight Title, Aaron Williams (28-20) of Ocean Springs, MS avenged a prior loss by beating Bellator vet Christopher Pham (4-5) of Baton Rouge via unanimous decision after 5 hard rounds of action. Their first fight lasted less than 30 seconds when Pham won via TKO but this time the fight went the way of Williams who controlled most of the action with his wrestling. Williams applied pressure early and often and did not want to suffer the same early TKO loss to Pham that he did in his last fight. Williams fought a smart fight and went out and got his hands on Pham early and put him on the ground. Pham tried to go for submissions and was able to scramble a few times, but Williams was bound and determined to get Pham out of his element and that’s just what he did with his wrestling and grappling over the course of the 5 round championship bout. It was a great fight and possibly sets up a rubber match down the line with both fighters being 1-1 against each other.
In the co-main event, for the Atlas Fights Welterweight Championship, Rance Jones Jr (5-1) defeated Robert Turnquest (3-1) via unanimous decision to capture the title. Jones is known for his devastating power and hit Turnquest got hit with multiple hard shots in the standup but responded in kind with some power punches of his own. This was a great back and forth fight, but the cardio of Jones allowed him to pull away in the later rounds and score with more standup as well as control more of the ground game.
In other action, Erimus Mills (1-1) had a quick night in the cage as he defeated Austin Parker (2-2) via TKO in the first round in under a minute. Mills came out swinging and connected with some hard shots in the opening seconds that dropped Parker to the mat. It was an unexpected end to a fight many people thought would be a dog fight for 3 rounds. It turned out to be a quick night and proved once again that anything in MMA can and will happen.
For the Atlas Fights Amateur Title, Corey Wilson (6-0) defeated Rocky Landry (2-6) via guillotine choke in the second round. Wilson remains undefeated and has proven pretty much all he can in the amateur ranks. It might be time for this blue chip prospect to turn pro and start his professional career where he will already be a threat for most established 145lb fighters in the region.
You won’t find more BANG for your buck so order this thrilling event. Be sure to catch all of the action anytime on VOD as AFC presents “Atlas Fighting Championship 24” on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv.