Launceston prepares for third and deciding MMA fight between Damon Upton-Greer and David Butt

A third fight and final rematch between long-time enemies in and out of the octagon headlines the most prized fight card ever in Tasmanian mixed martial arts.

Valor 15 promoter Dan Enson Hyatt said the main event will draw most fans alone through the door.

Launceston most seasoned campaigner Damon Upton-Greer faces Gold Coast arch-rival David Butt.

Upton-Greer weathered a punishing onslaught of brutal slams and ground-and-pound for a second round come-from-behind win.

Butt sought his revenge nine months later to claim a controversial first-round technical knockout amid accusations the fight was stopped early.

Butt relocated from Launceston after their last bout, preventing an urgent decider until Saturday night.

“These guys really don’t like each other – they’re not friends,” Enson Hyatt said.

“This isn’t a game to them; they actually want to genuinely hurt each other.

“Everyone fan in Launceston is excited to see this fight.

“I could have run this card with just that fight and I still would’ve sold it out.”

The promotion will be held at the smaller Polish Hall rather than Albert Hall.

Enson-Hyatt touted the card full of talent that will also include Launceston competitor Christina Tatnell, who has recently signed to fight in North America.

Former Asian Boxing Council welterweight Steve Maxwell will take on Jamie Watterson in best of the all-Tasmanian fights.

“The most experienced Tasmanian fighters are pretty much all over the card, which very rarely happens,” Enson Hyatt said.

“Previous Valor events we are lucky to get three of these guys together; we’ve got six or seven of the most experienced fighters on this one card.”

Fight Night 

  • David Butt (Gold Coast) v Damon Upton-Greer 
  • Christina Tatnell v Belinda Sedgwick (Canberra)
  • Jamie Watterson v Steven Maxwell (Hobart)
  • Joe Tullo (Huonville) v Andrew Machin (Canberra)
  • Ben Barrett v Jordan Wallace (Melbourne)
  • Jesse Gibbins v Ryan Herlihy (Hobart)
  • Stephan Friedrich (Melbourne) v Junior Milo (Melbourne) 

*All fighters from Launceston unless stated otherwise

THE WAR TO SETTLE THE SCORE: Launceston's Damon Upton-Greer and ex-Launceston, now Gold Coast's David Butt will face off in their third fight against one another.

THE WAR TO SETTLE THE SCORE: Launceston's Damon Upton-Greer and ex-Launceston, now Gold Coast's David Butt will face off in their third fight against one another.

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