Just days after the announcement of his release from the UFC, “The Aussie Gangsta” Benny “Blanco” Alloway already has two fights lined up.

The MMA Corner has learned that Alloway has signed on for his first post-UFC mixed martial arts bout. Alloway, who is already slated to compete in a modified-rules bout under the Combat8 banner, has been added to the BRACE 23 card, which takes place on Oct. 26 at Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre in Townsville, Queensland. In his first fight back on the Australian local circuit, Alloway will face Rick Alchin, who comes into the bout sporting all six of his professional wins by way of submission.

The fighter and BRACE CEO Kya Pate confirmed the details of the fight.

“It’s a good opportunity for Alchin to show what he can do after being unsuccessful in the Ultimate Fighter tryouts that just passed,” BRACE CEO Kya Pate stated in an exclusive interview with The MMA Corner. “There are a lot of people who think that Alchin should have made the team, and I guess he will be out to prove a point with a win over Blanco. Rick has already told me he will beat this guy.

“We are excited to have Ben back inside the BRACE cage,” Pate added. “Since BRACE 5, he has been part of our roster. Seeing him compete on the world stage has been rewarding for us, but having him back in Australia is fantastic.”

The bout will be the first time that Alloway has competed in Australia since his “Knockout of the Night” victory at UFC on FX 6. With each time he enters the cage now, he knows that there will be even more people watching his results.

“I’m happy to be able to fight in Australia again, and I am looking forward to just being able to go in there and give it my all,” Alloway said. “It’s a great opportunity for [Alchin] to see if he does really have what it takes to be in the UFC. A two-minute grapple on the ground is completely different to an actual fight, so I am excited to see what he brings.

“I might have had some pretty bad luck in my last two fights, but this time I know that no matter what, I have to win. It’s not a matter of it being nice to walk out with a victory; it’s something that is going to impact the rest of my career. I’ve never lost three in a row before, and I definitely don’t plan to now.”

The Townsville show will be the first event that BRACE will be live-streaming through Epicentre.tv. It marks an opportunity for the promotion to reach beyond Australia and show its product to the world.

“Being able to add the Alloway versus Alchin bout to our first pay-per-view streamed event means that we have been able to complete an already stacked card,” Pate explained. “People from all over the world tuned in to see our last streamed event, so you can be sure that it’s going to be no different, and we are looking forward to giving fans everywhere a taste of Australia’s mixed martial arts event series.”

The card also features the return of former BRACE featherweight champion Edwin Arana and is headlined by a clash between Gokhan Turkyilmaz and Kevin Manderson. The live stream will begin at 7 p.m. AEST at Epicentre.tv for $14.95 ($AUD).

The current lineup for the card:

LW: Gokhan Turkyilmaz vs Kevin Manderson
BW: Edwin Arana vs Zack Hook
WW: Benny Alloway vs Rick Alchin
FW: Luke Hume vs Jamie Mullarkey
LW: Talea Kelly vs Mick Bosworth
LW: Craig Callaghan vs Ben Games
WW: Paul Cavacus vs Eddie Trewin
MW: Matt Eland vs James Fasso
FW: Kris Spence vs TBA
LW: Sam Ruffle vs TBA
StrawW: Claire Fryer vs TBA

Follow BRACE on Twitter at @BRACEMMA and BRACE CEO Kya Pate at @patekya. Follow Alloway on Twitter at @bennyblancomma.

Photo: Benny Alloway (Ryan O’Leary/Sherdog)

About The Author

Staff Writer, Australia

Located in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Neil Rooke has been writing about the sport of MMA since 2011. In the past, Neil has written for Cage Junkies and has written for Fight! Magazine as well as Fist! Fight Magazine. Neil is also a regular contributor to Fight! Magazine Australia and Yahoo! Sports Singapore.