Live MMA action is back on UFC Fight Pass for 2019. It feels like forever since we’ve had a live show to look forward to, doesn’t it?
On Wednesday, January 16, Fight Pass offers its first exclusive card of the new year with action from the Alaska Fighting Championship in AFC 144. This is also the first AFC card of a new two-year agreement between the promotion and Fight Pass.
Due to the five-hour time difference from Anchorage and the Eastern Time Zone, it’ll be a late night for the East Coasters who want to watch AFC 144 live. Main card action from the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage begins at midnight Eastern Time (early Thursday morning), 9 p.m. Pacific Time.
AFC 144 is highlighted by a Heavyweight confrontation between 11-8 Jake Heun, a veteran of the just-completed inaugural season of the Professional Fighters League, and 5-2 Mike Faavale.
One note: This main event is a non-title fight, therefore, it is only a maximum length of three rounds at five minutes per round.
Both contenders enter Wednesday evening’s headliner standing 6-foot-2. Heun has posted a 2-3 record during his last five MMA appearances, most recently losing to Jiri Prochazka on Sept. 30 (first-round KO, punches) during RIZIN 13.
Faavale comes into this contest having posted a 3-2 mark during his last five MMA fights. Most recently, he lost to Brian Ryan (first round KO, body punches) during AFC 136 on Jan. 17, 2018.
The Tale of the Tape
Tapology shows that Heun has a 76-inch reach heading into the main event, but no information was available for Faavale in said category for Wednesday’s fight.
Faavale by decision.
Other fights on Wednesday’s card
Caleb Miller (0-3) vs. David Booker (4-3) [Featherweight, co-main event]
Alonso Leisholmn, Jr. (5-0) vs. Jason Flowers (0-2) [Welterweight]
Thomas Baker (first professional appearance) vs. Enoka Sautia (2-0) [Super Heavyweight]
Joshua Gale (1-5) vs. Michael Williams (0-1) [Lightweight]
Archie Fultze (0-2) vs. John George (0-1) [Bantamweight]
Brian Dyer (first professional appearance) vs. Jesse Hull (first professional appearance) [Middleweight]
Aaron Phillips (2-0) vs. Al Matavao (5-2) [Light Heavyweight]
AFC 144 at a Glance:
Card: Wednesday (early Thursday), midnight EST, 9 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass
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