“Chainsaw” Charlie Johnson (5-0) made short work of late replacement Daniel Wiggins (5-5-1) in the main event of Alaska Fighting Championship’s AFC 127 on Wednesday night. The Welterweight maintained his unbeaten record with an impressive first round TKO stoppage over his more experienced opponent.
From Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Alaska, AFC 127 suffered a last minute change to the main event when Joey Faletagoai (1-0) missed weight and was forced to pull out of the bout. Daniel Wiggins stepped in at extremely short notice to save the card and it did not suffer as a result with only one fight going to a decision.
In the main event, Johnson immediately found a way to navigate around the height and reach advantage of Wiggins, closing the distance and landing hard clean shots that seemed to stun “Twiggins” early in round one.
Stumbling on account of the strikes, Wiggins found himself on the mat with Johnson in back mount who immediately started raining down powerful strikes from the top. Wiggins could only squirm and cover up as Johnson let him turn and sat into full mount where he pounded his opponent until the referee stopped the fight.
The stoppage could have come 10 seconds earlier as Wiggins ate unnecessary punishment from a position he was never going to recover from but at 2:39 of the first round, “Chainsaw” Charlie was declared the winner by TKO.
In the co-main event, Heavyweight Mika Faavale (3-0) completely picked apart Marvin Jones (0-1) as he looked impressive on his way to a first round KO win with a spectacular head kick before finishing with punches.
Faavale stalked Jones from the get go, controlling the centre of the cage and landing a variety of powerful strikes on his opponent. Jones proved tough as he absorbed a hard leg kick and a crushing knee to the body but struggled to get any offence of his own going.
“The Monster” finished toying with his opponent when he landed a big head kick on Jones that sent him to the mat then rushed in to secure the finish with follow up punches at the 2:41 mark of round 1.
In the night’s other bouts, Josh Branham (14-8) defeated Julien Harris (2-4) by unanimous decision when after a closely fought contest in the Welterweight division, the judges all awarded the fight to Branham 29-28.
A slow affair compared to the rest of the night’s action, little separated these AFC veterans throughout and there were very little highlights from this fight other than the takedowns of Branham which probably helped to sway the judges’ cards.
In the Lightweight division, Dominick Meriweather (2-0) defeated Josh Gale (0-3) in the third round when after consistent pressure and being pretty dominant throughout the fight, “Mocha Bear” managed to get the TKO victory from the full mount position.
Further down the card there was a great performance from Carlton Minus (4-0) as he looks to be a great emerging prospect at Welterweight.
Minus defeated Kris Berbeich (0-1) with a beautiful right knee from the clinch into a big left hook which floored Berbeich and had the referee jumping in to stop any more damage being taken by the prone fighter.
AFC 127 brought us a fun card packed with finishes with Alaska Fighting Championship becoming a very welcome addition to UFC Fight Pass. AFC will bring us more fighting from “The Last Frontier” with AFC 128 in January