AFL light heavyweight champion Darwin Rodriguez (7-4) faces a stern test in his first title defense when he faces UFC veteran Amilcar Alves (18-16) at AFL 19 on March 30 in Gran Canaria, Spain.
Rodriguez won the title on AFL 15 with a fifth round TKO win over Ricardo Echarte. The 26-year-old came into his own in 2018 going 3-0 and started 2019 with another win. Now on a four-fight-win-streak, all TKO wins, he has emerged as one of the best light heavyweights in Spain.
Alves is a true veteran of the sport. Making his debut in 2006, the Brazilian has competed all over the world from the UFC to M-1 to Road FC. The 39-year-old has a very well-rounded game and is capable of winning the fight via strikes, submission or going into deep waters and eking out a decision. This fight is a proper youth vs. experience match-up.
AFL 19 FIGHT CARD
Champion Raymison Bruno (11-1) vs. Kevin Cordero (7-2)
Light Heavyweight Title
Champion Darwin Rodriguez (7-4) vs. Amilcar Alves (18-16)
Vacant Super Lightweight Title
Dragan Pesic (17-16) vs. Lionel Padilla (5-1)
Vacant Bantamweight Title
Thiago Martins (18-10) vs. Zebenzui Ruiz (7-2)
Welterweight: Konrad Iwanowski (7-3) vs. Acoidan Duque (10-2)
Featherweight: Alberth Dias (4-1) vs. Jose Sanchez (6-0)
Women’s 50kg: Rita Marrero (1-1-2) vs. Elizabeth Rodrigues (2-2)