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'Crazy' Lukasz has charismatic Hunter in his sights

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: A clash between two of the most exciting prospects in Scottish amateur MMA is the pick of a stacked card at Art of Combat 6 this weekend.

Calum Hunter, left, on his way to defeating Chris Bungard for the FFC title in November, 2012. Pic: Steve Mac Photography
Calum Hunter, left, on his way to defeating Chris Bungard for the FFC title in November, 2012. Pic: Steve Mac Photography

Dunfermline's Alhambra Theatre is the venue for the event, which sees four amateur titles on the line.

The bantamweight (135lb), welterweight, (170lb), featherweight (145lb) and lightweight (155lb) belts will be contested under the Unified Amateur Rules (UAR) of MMA.

Arguably the pick of the bouts is the welterweight match between well-rounded Calum Hunter and deadly striker Lukasz Zarafiniak.

Undefeated Hunter, who fights out of Glasgow's Gladatorial Combat gym, is the current holder of First Fighting Championship's (FFC) 170lb title and he recently won gold in two divisions at the Vision Grappling League.

Zarafiniak, a product of Edinburgh's Headhunters team, is also undefeated and has a nasty habit of putting his opponents to sleep with brutal knockouts.

He has finished his three fights to date via a spinning backfist, a knockout head kick and one by TKO.

If anyone can penetrate Hunter's reach, it could well be Zarafiniak. However, he will have to be prepared for a tall, rangy striker who is just as comfortable on his feet as he is on the mat.

Hunter's jiu-jitsu is excellent and his wrestling has improved a great deal in the last six months.

Zarafiniak is a skilled judoka, but it is his striking power which has caught the eye in his MMA bouts so far.

Hunter is a charismatic fighter with a flair for self promotion. His interviews, while never disrespectful, always provoke debate and his walkout to the cage never fails to entertain.

The self-titled 'Head' Hunter backs up his chat with impressive displays in the cage.

Zarafiniak, who his team mates call 'Crazy' Lukasz, is Hunter's polar opposite. Quiet and steely-eyed, he goes about his business with the minimum of fuss.

It's that coldness that has made his knockouts all the more memorable. From seemingly nowhere, he throws out a low-percentage strike which has, so far, brought devastating results.

In the bantamweight title fight, Dean Begg faces the supremely skilled Scott Malone, while Aidan Stephen fights Calum Murie for the 145lb strap.

At lightweight, Willie McCurdy is looking to take his collection of belts to three when he faces Paul McBain.

Ayrshire's McCurdy already holds the Supremacy FC and FFC belts at 155lb, but faces a rampant McBain on Saturday night.

McBain is fresh off an Art of Combat 5 win over Craig McIntosh, widely regarded as one of the best amateur fighters in Scotland.

The card also features eight other fights before the four titles are put on the line.

Doors open at 5pm, with the first bout set for 6pm.

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