Grappling Phenom Drysdale Inks Deal with AFC, Debuts in July


Brazilian Jiu Jitsu superstar Robert Drysdale has signed a four-fight contract with Armageddon Fighting Championship (AFC). The 2007 Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) Submission Wrestling Absolute Division Champion is scheduled to make his professional MMA debut at the company’s third event, AFC 3: Evolution on Saturday, July 17, 2010. An opponent has not been determined at this time.

A multiple-time world champion, Drysdale has an aggressive style of jiu jitsu that is well-suited to mixed martial arts.

Upon returning from Brazil in February 2008, Drysdale joined Xtreme Couture as both the head jiu jitsu instructor and a member of the Pro Team alongside the likes of noted pros Jay Hieron, Forrest Griffin and the gym’s namesake, Randy Couture. He is also the coach of former UFC Heavyweight champion Frank Mir, who calls Drysdale “the best grappler in the world.”

Drysdale joins an AFC roster that includes Canadian grappling and wrestling standout Misha Cirkunov, UFC veteran Kalib Starnes, and former King of the Cage Canada Light Heavyweight champion Nick Hinchliffe.

Based in Victoria, the Armageddon Fighting Championship has quickly become the premier mixed martial arts operation in the province. The organization is broadcast on Canadian combat sports channel The Fight Network, with events streaming live on beginning in July. Tickets for AFC 3: Evolution are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting the Armageddon Fighting Championship website at

For more updates on AFC 3: Evolution, follow the AFC on Twitter (@ArmageddonMMA) or become a fan on Facebook.

8 Responses to “ Grappling Phenom Drysdale Inks Deal with AFC, Debuts in July ”

  1. Michele says:

    Good for them.

    Another solid pick-up.

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  2. Tom Vick says:

    afc is a joke and its not legal someonE call Victoria B.C no one sanctions mma in victoria its not legit.

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  3. Denis Gomey says:

    Their events aren’t held in Victoria. And have had thier commission adopted by the board. I had a fighter fight on their last card and looked into it. It’s technically on Society land not municiple land, and their board has approved it, which after 2 days of calling around, it is legal. I wish them best of luck they put on a very professional event.

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  4. Lots of haters come out when someone is succeeding.

    Let me be the first to use my real name.

    From all accounts, AFC is in the top 10% in attendance in Canada. Everyone says they run very good, well-produced shows including our reporter at their last event.

    Lets not forget that AFC 3 has a very solid main event in Hinchliffe vs Starnes and they have just signed a WORLD CLASS Grappler who is going to draw a lot of eyes towards the AFC and, by all accounts, a future UFCer in Misha Cirkunov.

    Owen and Heit are doing a fantastic job in my opinion and are in a great position after only two shows.

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  5. james Locke says:

    I covered the last AFC event for topmmanews.

    Not to show bias towards this promotion over others, but the AFC is a professionally run event. Their set-up was clean and organized. the fighters were treated very well, and the card was fair and entertaining.

    There were minor gliches with respect to the show flyers due to last minute card changes and a record typo, but these things can be expected from any promotion.

    I had a great time at their last event and plan on having an even better time at this next one. the card is looking great already, and with this new signing, I only expect more big news from Owen and Heit.

    Congrats to AFC for the signing, I look forward to writing the re-cap of AFC 3 – Evolution!

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  6. Ben Mehdi says:

    This is a formal statement from BCMMAA.COM, it has been brought to our attention that there is an individual that has been posing as an affiliate of BCMMAA and leaving negative comments in regards to AFC and similar organizations. We have NO affiliation with this person, and we are currently working towards tracking them down.
    BCMMAA is proud to support great organizations suck as AFC. We have a universal goal of the positive promotion of MMA in BC, including the empowerment of athletes and the growth of all BC leagues and local business. We are happy to be part of this exciting movement of MMA in BC and are only here to support all persons and organizations involved.
    Looking forward to Honor on Friday, see you all there!
    Best Regards,
    Ben Mehdi
    President of BCMMAA

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  7. Ben Mehdi says:

    “BCMMAA is proud to support great organizations SUCH as AFC.”

    Sorry guys, typo on my part.

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  8. Is Jason Fairn gonna get in the ring and cry for 38 seconds before he taps out again?

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