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ONE 0 MUST GO !!!!!

Saturday 29th October see the first Pro fights on the new Fightstar format. This historical occasion will see the current World Amateur LW Champion, Roedie Roets, make his Pro debut. Roets is set to take on the undefeated Ewalt Botha, also making his pro debut. Both athletes have an unbeaten record and both of them are looking to make a massive statement!

 

We caught up with the charismatic Ewald Botha and found out what makes this guy tick!

 

When asked who is Ewald Botha? The fun started ; “Who Knows these things. Tomorrow something can happen that can completely change you. So why stress? Just go with the flow…I have been fighting ever since I can remember. My mom still has baby photos of me beating my teddy bears… and I was always more interested in watching WWF then telly tubbies”

 

“Botha has an impressive 9-0 record and has recently been competing overseas, his last fight however one that caught my eye” said Grant Oliff Fighstar Matchmaker “he took out a very good opponent in the first round without any trouble. I knew that this guy has got it and I wanted him on our roster”

 

Botha who recently signed as a Fightstar Pro is looking for the opportunity to make a statement and he has been given that opportunity right up front. When asked about his upcoming fight he simple stated “Honestly… nervous as shit…but the fans are in for a treat They can expect two guys who want to be alpha and are willing to rip each other’s heads off to prove it.”

 

Set as the main event on a night the card sees some insane match ups.Fightstar 20 is one not to be missed!

 

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UFC SOLD ??

The UFC will soon be in the hands of a new ownership group.

Multiple sources confirmed on Monday afternoon that a bid of $4.2 billion from a group consisting of WME-IMG, the Dalian Wanda Group, The Kraft Group and Tencent Holdings was accepted by Zuffa top dogs. While this does not mean the entire company is officially sold, it is a strong likelihood that the sale will be completed shortly.

A sealed bidding process handled by the investment bank Goldman Sachs accepted private bids from a number of companies. Initially, many of the companies were filing separate bids.

But unable to come close to the valuation Zuffa was looking for, they combined into two groups. One featured WME-IMG (led by Zuffa confidant Ari Emmanuel), the Dalian Wanda Group, The Kraft Group (owners of the New England Patriots and other sporting properties) and Tencent Holdings, the owners and operators of the largest internet portal in China. Tencent Holdings also owns Riot Games, the owners of the popular e-sports competitive game League of Legends.

The other group that submitted a sealed bid was China Media Capital. Sources indicate the CMC bid fell well short of the sought-after valuation. In 2014, there were discussions with The Blackstone Group about a potential sale, but it fell through. And in 2015, sources indicate FOX made an offer to purchase the company, but the offer sheet was less than half of what Zuffa sought.

Our sources reiterated once again that Dana White will be staying with the company. His current shares in Zuffa will be sold as part of the deal, but he will be granted new shares to stay on in his current promotion capacity. A new CEO will be selected to handle emerging international businesses; the name we were told is Garry Cook, the former head of the Manchester City football club. White would continue to handle the promotional end of the company—with matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby staying on board in their current roles—while Cook will focus on expanding business dealings in new emerging markets.

We’ll update this story as it continues to develop.

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THE BADLANDS RETURNS

The Badlands Combat Sports Radio Show first started on the Philmore Productions Voicemail system on October 27, 2008 and was available at +1 (773) 572-7878. I would have a guest on the show as we would talk about current events in boxing, kickboxing, M.M.A., and all other unarmed hand-to-hand combat sports. At that time the show was titled The Octagon. On July 24, 2009 the show moved to My TeleSpace. On September 23, 2011 the show expanded to Blog Talk Radio as an internet podcast as well as being heard by calling the telephone hotline. On December 20, 2013 the name of the show was changed from the Octagon to the Badlands Combat Sports Radio Show. In 2015 I enrolled with American Broadcasting. After continuously having problems with Blog Talk Radio, I decided to no longer broadcast with them. I also decided that after seven years of running the show, I needed a break and took a hiatus for two months.  I’m returning on Thursday, December 3, 2015 and the show can be heard on Rockin’ WAVES 11294 (www.rockinwaves.com) every Thursday at 3:00 PM Eastern/12:00 PM (live broadcast times my change). You can easily access Rockin’ WAVES on your smart phone or tablet with the TuneIn app. You can also hear archived shows by going to www.mixcloud.com/aow_productions or by calling +1 (832) 999-8125. My official website is still www.octagon8125.com and you can expect changes to come to that as well. Upcoming fighter interviews include Micol De Segni from Italy, U.F.C. veterans, Guy Mezger, Cal Worsham, and Patrick Smith, and much more. I’m excited to be back with this new platform. Thanks for listening.

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I’m bringing the belt to Durban

In whats tipped to be Fight of the Night Devon Cronje (FFM) and Mzamo Madlopha ( Super Warriors) go head to head to claim the vacant Bantam Weight belt.

Mzamo, a true character of the sport had the following to say before his big fight

“First thanks so much to Fightstar for choosing me to compete for the bantamweight belt, actually there’s a reason for everything and I believe the reason behind that is to see the best an top fight, that’s why I respect my opponent and believe his a good fighter and all I know is that to be the best you need to take out the best. I can’t mention a lot of my hard training or who I’m working with for this battle but all I can thank is Combat Coaching and my team Super Warriors for all their daily hard work they put on me for this fight and Bad Boy  MMA South Africa for always on my back and give me the best support ever. I feel so awesome and excited for    this fight and more confidence with no doubt that I’m bringing the belt to Durban. Never Fall Back!”

Will the belt leave JHB ? Or is it on its way back to Sunninghill?

Make sure you catch this and the rest of the massive main card at Fightstars 16, 5 December 2015 bought to you by Teaser, Onnit, Aquvita,  Global Vintage and Apocalypse Fightgear

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“Relentless” Roedie Roets Replies

They say you aren’t the real  champ until you defend your belt, harsh but true. So for the young talented Roedie Roets this upcoming Title defense will be his biggest challenge yet.

A true MMA star Roedie has fought his way to the top, he currently holds the Fightstar Light Weight belt and is has no plans of giving it up anytime soon.

We caught up with him and got his views on his upcoming fight against Marcel Else

“I have worked hard to become the champion in the division. I take my career as a fighter very seriously. It is common knowledge that I intend to fight as a pro in the not too distant future and I want to enter the ranks of the professional fighters as someone who is known to pursue his objectives relentlessly;Hence my name “Relentless” Roedie Roets. I will not take any fight or opponent lightly. I will not enter any fight without being certain that I relentlessly pursued every opportunity to prepare properly. Then I will relentlessly bring all that preparation to bear on my opponent. That is all I expect of myself and that is what any opponent can expect of me. As far as I am concerned, this is not just another fight but an important building block of my career. I am facing a solid opponent who brings a unique set of skills to the cage. That is what makes this sport so exiting and unpredictable. However, I do not intend to spoil my record which thus far has been a solid amateur record. I have worked hard to improve in areas identified by my coaching team and I am looking forward to applying these improved techniques in full out action. I trust that fans and spectators will see an entertaining and exiting fight.”

Its crazy to think that he is just 18, a massive future awaits this youngster and win or lose Saturday 5th December you can be sure that “Relentless” Roedie Roets will become a house hold name.

Make sure you catch this and the rest of the massive main card at Fightstars 16, 5 December 2015 bought to you by Teaser, Onnit, Aquvita,  Global Vintage and Apocalypse Fightgear

 

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Bantamweight belt on the line

Fightstars has always produced top champions, come Saturday the 5th December we will see a new Bantamweight Champ. This has been one of the strongest division and has seen the likes of Jasen van der Merwe and JP Buys wearing the strap. So the new champ will have big shoes to fill.

Two of South Africa’s top Bantamweights Devon Cronje (FFM) and Mzamo Madlopha ( Super Warriors) will put it all on the line to become the next Fightstars Bantamweight champ!

Boasting an impressive record and a hunger to be the best FFM’s  Devon Cronje believes nothing will stop him. Starting his career at Fightstar 2 Devon has risen through the ranks and is now ready to claim what he believes always belonged to him.

“When I started my journey as a mix martial artist a few years back. I realised i needed something more and joined team FFM and soon realised it wasnt enough to survive. I had to thrive, excel and perform through hard work, dedication and implementing my 1 % learning progress every single day. I finally made the opportunity happen and I say again #WeWantItAll ” Devon Cronje

So come Saturday 5th December there is only one man that can stop him !!!!!

Make sure you catch this and the rest of the massive main card at Fightstars 16, 5 December 2015 bought to you by Teaser, Onnit, Aquvita, Kia East Rand, Global Vintage and Apocalypse Fightgear

 

 

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Five Championship Rounds to snatch that Belt

On a massive night for South African MMA, Roedie Roets defends his Light Weight belt against No1 contender Marcel Else. Picked as a possible Fight of the Night, these two have been on a collision course for a while.

Marcel who recently represented South Africa at the MMA world Champs in Vegas, has earned his right at the shot with impressive wins in hes last few outings. ” He is a real talent, a guy that can win a fight in a second. He is a finisher and I think that Roedie will have his hands full come 5th December ” said Grant Oliff Fightstar Match Maker.

We caught up with Marcel and got his thoughts on the up coming fight

” Well look I am so blessed, GOd put me on this awesome path. Roedie and I  are close to making our pro careers, and I think he’s a good all round fighter who is the champion for a reason But I’m here to win,I want that title and I’ve worked hard to get where I am I’m excited for this fight, I really think it will be one of those to remember I’ve been pushing my Mauy Thai hard and I want to trade leather. To Roedie I hope he has a safe and blessed camp,come 5th December we play this game we love #walkwithfaith ”

Five Championship rounds is what Marcel will have to take that sought after belt away from the current champ. Can he do it ?

 

Make sure you catch this and the rest of the massive main card at Fightstars 16, 5 December 2015 bought to you by Teaser, Onnit, Aquvita, Kia East Rand, Global Vintage and Apocalypse Fightgear

 

 

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Chef takes it all !!!!

Cape Town, South Africa – Norman ‘Chef’ Wessels successfully defended his light heavyweight title to cap off a towering night of fights at EFC 42, held at the GrandWest, Grand Arena last night.

 

The bout between Wessels and the Congo’s Champion Dalcha was one of the most highly anticipated in years. A bitter feud erupted during the fight’s build-up. The respective camps of Fight Fit Militia (Wessels) and Dragon Power (Dalcha) fought a controversial war of words, which was finally settled when Dalcha was finished by rear naked choke in the second round.

 

“I told you, I’m going to take it all!” Wessels roared in his post-fight interview. Wessels has now decimated the division, and sits waiting for a new opponent to show the skills to match him.

 

In the same weight class South African Tumelo Maphutha made a return to form with the obliteration of Belgian Mark Vlieger, ending their bout by TKO in the third round. Tainted by dour performances lately, Maphutha is back with the hard punching power that made him famous.

 

The featherweight division revealed an exciting new number one contender when Scotsman Danny Henry defeated local Matthew Buirski in a brutal three round fight. Henry, now with two wins in the EFC organisation and showing sensational form, will face champion Boyd Allen in an historic event featuring three title bouts in Johannesburg, October 03.

 

Both heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl and lightweight champion Leon Mynhardt will also be defending their titles on a huge night of fights.

 

Rounding out the main card, young hopeful Mark Hulme re-established himself as a force to be feared in the welterweight division. He dismantled tough as nails Francois Kabulu by decision in three rounds of precision grappling.

 

Fight of the night honours were taken by Henry and Buirski for their decision war, while US athlete Dave Mazany and local man Cameron Pritchard also banked performance bonuses.

 

Mazany returned to African shores with a faultless destruction of Sibusiso Mdoku. Pritchard showed true grit in weathering a crunching punch to the jaw from Congolese athlete Bruno Mukulu, and going on to win by Rear-Naked Choke submission in the second round.

 

The official EFC 42 results are as follows:

 

Gary Smit defeated Steve Nwosu via TKO 2:40 into round 1.
Cole Henning defeats Saxon Delafield via guillotine choke 3:19 into round 1.
Kaleka Kabanda defeated Marcel Teniers via unanimous decision.
Armand Scheepers defeated Regis Muyambo via Triangle choke 3:29 into round 1.
Martin de Beer defeated Boney Bukaka via Armbar 1:46 into round 2.
Michael Vermeulen defeated Knife Didier 3:11 into round 2.
Cameron Pritchard defeated Bruno Mukulu via Rear Naked Choke 2:34 into round 2.
Danny Henry defeated Matthew Buirski via unanimous decision.
Mark Hulme defeated Francois Kabulu via unanimous decision.
Dave Mazany defeated Sibusiso Mdoko via TKO 0:30 into round 2.
Tumelo Maphutha defeated Marc Vlieger via TKO 2:13 into round 3.
Norman Wessels defeated Champion Dalcha via Rear Naked Choke into round 2.

EFC 43: Ninow vs. Zulu, presented by BetXchange.com, and takes place at Durban ICC, on Saturday 27 August 2015.

About EFC® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®

 

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC is a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. The Extreme Fighting Championship produces 10 live events annually at sold out arenas. With over 120 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation, EFC showcases the greatest warriors on the planet.

 

EFC events are broadcast live in over 110 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages. EFC programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households worldwide, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands on the planet. Leading retailers stock a full catalogue of best-selling EFC DVD’s, branded merchandise and clothing and equipment ranges.

 

For more information visit efcworldwide.com, or follow us at facebook.com/EFCworldwide and Twitter:twitter.com/EFCworldwide.

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FIGHTSTAR 13

1st Fight Damian Buckle vs. Ronnie Thompson (Light Heavyweight Bout)

1st Round: Both fighters feeling each other out with strikes, Damian the aggressor, Damian gets Ronnie in what looks like a tight guillotine attempt. Damian takes him down and ends up in side mount. Damian cannot capitalise on it then slams Ronnie to the canvas, fighters back on their feet and Ronnie tries to change it up but again ends up in an attempted guillotine, when the round ends.

2nd Round: Damian moves in immediately with strikes and hurts Ronnie, who reacts by going to the clinch, he’s taken down where Damian throws strikes forcing the end of the fight 28 seconds into 2nd Rd as his opponent taps out

Winner via Submission (Tap out due to strikes): Damian Buckle (00m28s into the 2nd Round)

 

2nd Fight Scott Kenee vs. Isak Lombard (Middleweight Bout)

1st Round: Isaak mauling Scott, has him clinched up against the cage most of the round and definitely winning the stand-up aspect

2nd Round: Scott changes the momentum of the fight with great knees to the body, an accidental knee does nothing to affect this fight, a good round for Scott with an attempted takedown ending the round

3rd Round: More urgency by Isak as he pushes the pace, counter striking with hooks when Scott throws leg kicks. Isak less gassed than Scott, and forces a hard takedown but cannot capitalise on it, Scott gets up exhausted and Isak moves to try finish this fight but fails and fight ends and it is up to the judges.

Winner via Unanimous Decision (29-28): Isak Lombard

 

3rd Fight Nerik Simoes vs. Ruan Stander (Welterweight Bout)

1st Round: Nerik able to grab Ruan’s ankle when he throws leg kicks and easily throws him to the ground three times before finally following up and following him to the ground. Ref stands them up due to inactivity. Two hard leg kicks by Nerik has the crowd screaming in delight with him finishing the round in a dominant fashion.

2nd Round: Another leg kick and take down by Nerik, landing blow after blow on Ruan, Ruan gets up but eats another shot as he gets up. Nerik attacks again and slams him down hard but ends up in a guillotine, which Ruan can’t lock in. Ruan attempting different submissions and gets picked up again and slammed. Nerik again striking him on the ground, turns to hammer fists and forces Ruan to move against the cage, Nerik keeps landing hard strikes finding their way through and this forces the Ref to step in and stop the fight.

Winner via TKO: Nerik Simoes (02m12s into the 2nd Round)

 

4th Fight Russell Cunningham vs. Yemansai Bonunga (Middleweight Bout)

1st Round: Fighters feeling each other out, Russell gets a takedown but cannot take advantage, they are stood up and Yemansai lands a hard leg kick and pushes Russell to the ground, Russell gets up again and they trade against the fence, Yemansai pushes Russell down once again and follows him, Russell again gets to his feet and Yemansai launches into him with strikes, forcing Russell to take him down, works and manages to get Yemansai’s back but the buzzer goes.

2nd Round: Another back and forth with Russell finding a home for some leg kicks, gets Yemansai against the cage but slips and pushes off Yemansai, they end up on the ground where Russell attempts to take Yemansai’s back numerous times but fails and is thrown off. Yemansai landing strikes but tiring and Russell holds on till the buzzer saves him this time.

3rd Round: Russell moves the action against the cage then attempts a takedown but somehow gives up his back, but still holds on to the leg and manages to eventually get a dominant position. Ref stands them up for not improving position, Russell moves in again but gets a knee to the head forcing the Ref to warn Yemansai. Russell again moves to try take him down but again ends up in the worse position. Fight ends as Yemansai tries some ground and pound.

Winner via Unanimous Decision (29-28): Yemansai

 

5th Fight Josef Steyn vs. Ernst Kotzé (Featherweight Bout)

1st Round: Ernst with a strong wrestling background takes Josef down with ease but doesn’t capitalise on it and Ref stands them up. Josef lands some hard strikes which forces Ernst to take him down to negate the stand-up dominance. Ernst easily transitions to full mount but buzzer saves Josef.

2nd Round: Josef tries to kick Ernst when he attempts his takedowns, Josef misses the second one and gets taken down hard, Ernst ending in side mount, again works into full mount. Josef doing amazing work to prevent damage while Ernst is in a high mount. Josef keeps bucking to get him off but Ernst is just too strong. Josef almost manages to reverse but round ends with Ernest in full mount.

3rd Round: Ernst moves for a takedown and Josef attempts a guillotine but cannot finish it. Ernst escapes and moves to full mount, Josef turns and manages to escape finally but Ernst back on him in side mount in a flash, moves to full mount and amazingly finishes it with 1 second to go in the round!

Winner via TKO: Ernst Kotzé (02m59s into the 3rd Round)

6th Fight Christo Coskey vs. Ruben Snyman (Bantamweight Bout)

1ST Round: Christo takes Ruben down and keeps working for a submission, pushing for the armbar while Ruben holds on tight. Ruben escapes and Christo attempts to lock him into a triangle, Ruben manages to sweep but is then sweeped again by Christo who again attempts a submission, the round ends with Ruben attempting a foot lock.

2nd Round: Immediately a superman punch by Christo lands on Ruben, thrilling the crowd, then Christo flies in with a kick, his strikes landing easily on Ruben. They clinch and Christo takes Ruben down, no action and they are stood up. Christo again flies in with a kick just swarming Ruben, he takes him down causing Ruben to scream in pain but the Ref lets the action continue. Ruben again getting dominated by Christo, round ends again with Ruben attempting a leg submission.

3rd Round: Christo immediately lands two superman punches, then just unleashes punches and kicks forcing Ruben to collapse to the floor forcing the Ref to step in.

Winner via TKO: Christo Coskey (00m21s into the 3rd Round)

7th Fight Patrick Kearsley vs. Rocky Muabu (Welterweight Bout)

1st Round: Patrick weathering a storm of strikes by Rocky, eventually Rocky gets through and lands on Patrick who turns his back and gets suplexed hard into the canvas, Rocky cannot capitalise on the ground though and the buzzer saves Patrick.

2nd Round: Patrick lands a hard body kick which sets Rocky off and Rocky starts throwing everything at Patrick, catching Patrick who falls limp backwards into the cage.

Winner via KO: Rocky Muabu (00m31s into the 3rd Round)

 

8th Fight HP van Staden vs. Edson Flavio (Welterweight Bout)

1st Round: HP trying to get settled, throwing strikes to get his timing for the takedown, but Edson gets him in a takedown first, he cannot make anything out of it and the Ref gives two quick warnings before standing them up a bit prematurely. HP then moves in quickly with strikes and drags Edson down, takes his back but cannot get the RNC on him before the buzzer saves Edson

2nd Round: HP tying Edson up against the cage in the clinch but breaks away and throws a leg kick and takes Edson down. HP takes his back and softens him for the armbar attempt which Edson escapes brilliantly. HP repositions himself and again attempts an armbar but Edson again escapes, Edson takes some damage via ground and pound strikes, gives up his back again, HP again looking for the RNC and again buzzer saves Edson!

3rd Round: Edson doesn’t answer the bell for the 3rd giving HP the win

8th Fight Winner via Verbal Submission (Fighter didn’t answer bell for 3rd Round): HP van Staden

 

9th Fight Stephen Goncalves vs. Orlando Mashaba (Featherweight Bout)

1st Round: Stephen lands a strike immediately and Orlando falls back, Stephen goes to ground and immediately takes Orlando’s back. Orlando doing well to avoid the RNC attempts, Orlando shakes him but Stephen almost gets an armbar. Stephen gets up but is taken down, with Orlando in full guard. Stephen again attempts an armbar and Orlando escapes and lands a couple strikes as the buzzer goes.

2nd Round: Orlando with a takedown on Stephen. Stephen moves to sweep but Orlando attempts a guillotine but headgear comes off and Stephen escapes the attempt. Stephen postures and transitions to full mount, postures up again and throws some ground and pound. Orlando gives his back up. Stephen attempts another armbar but Orlando again escapes and ends the round on top.

3rd Round: Orlando tries to strike with Stephen but they end up in the clinch with Orlando, who is against the cage, Stephen manages to stay in a dominant position until Orlando throws him and tries to find a way to end this fight. Stephen sweeps him but ends up in a guillotine but again the buzzer ends the fight!

Winner via Unanimous Decision (29-28): Stephen Goncalves

 

10th Fight Gerhard Eksteen vs. Horatius Alonu (Welterweight Bout)

1st Round: Straight into action for the two fighters as Gerhard comes in aggressive, Horatius is up to the challenge and he takes Gerhard down but Gerhard gets back to his feet. They spend much of the round in the clinch exchanging strikes, right at the end Horatius gets a takedown.

2nd Round: Horatius rocks Gerhard who covers up. Horatius manages to land another strike forcing Gerhard to attempt a takedown but Horatius smells blood and proceeds to throw everything at him who falls to the ground and the Ref jumps in stopping the fight.

Winner via KO: Horatius Alonu (01m21 into the 2nd Round)

 

11th Fight Mark Haramse vs. Devon Cronje (Bantamweight Bout)

1st Round: Action from the first second with Mark throwing kicks and they battle each other for a takedown. Devon pushes the action to his corner and battles but eventually gets Mark down, but Mark gets straight back up. Mark then keeps a dominant position with Devon pushed against the cage. Devon manages to reverse the position and slam Mark down and just as he unleashes some ground and pound the buzzer goes!

2nd Round: Just as hectic as the first, Mark misses a kick and spins and immediately Devon pounces and takes Mark’s back and works hard for an armbar, forcing the tap.

Winner via Submission (Armbar): Devon Cronje (01m10s into the 2nd Round)

 

12th Fight Quentin Graaf vs. Francois Dos Santos (Welterweight ProAm Bout)

1st Round: Quentin comes out aggressive, kicking Francois against the cage, Quentin gets taken down but reverses it. Francois attempts a triangle which Quentin battles through it for more than two minutes and ends up on top attempting a submission, but he gets sweeped, Quentin attempts an armbar but gets slammed to the canvas. Quentin reverses again but buzzer goes off.

2nd Round: The two trade and Quentin moves from half mount to full mount, gets sweeped but Quentin battles through numerous submission attempts and moves to full mount. Quentin then proceeds to hammer fist Francois into a pulp forcing a Ref stoppage.

Winner via TKO: Quentin Graaf (01m40s into the 2nd Round)

 

13th Fight Cassim Khusu vs. Norman Lekgothoane (Bantamweight ProAm Bout)

1st Round: Cassim and Norman trading strikes. Norman takes Cassim down but doesn’t capitalise, Cassim is out striking Norman by a tenfold, finding a target almost every time and shocking Norman with his speed. Norman keeps getting knocked down to the ground as he doesn’t have an answer for Cassim’s striking.

2nd Round: More back and forth between the two fighters, Cassim eventually catches Norman who staggers from the strike and falls to the ground, Cassim moves in and the Ref stops the fight.

Winner via TKO: Cassim Khusu (01m51 in the 2nd Round)

 

14th Fight Roelof van Wyk vs. Kevin Koekemoer (Heavyweight ProAm Bout)

1st Round: Roelof the aggressor pushing Kevin around the cage and takes him down, they get up and Kevin then takes Roelof down and softens him up before putting on a keylock and getting the tap

Winner via Submission (Keylock): Kevin Koekemoer (01m48s in the 1st Round)

 

15th Fight Julian Cook vs. Patrick Luindula (Middleweight ProAm Bout)

1st Round: Patrick with a kick, then a takedown on Julian, he moves to side mount but Julian works back to full guard, Patrick pushes Julian to the cage and lands some ground and pound to soften up Julian. Julian attempts an armbar but Patrick escapes back into throwing ground and pound again which forces the Ref to stop the fight.

Winner via TKO: Patrick Luindula (03m35s in the 1st Round)

 

16th Fight Douw Eksteen vs. Allen Smith (Lightweight ProAm Number One Contender Bout)

1st Round: Trading spinning kicks and all out aggression by both. Douw takes Allen down hard via a slam. Allen moves to an armbar attempt but Douw escapes it and again ends up in top position and moves to a North South position. No movement and Ref stands them back up. Once up the frantic pace continues, they end in the clinch with Douw clinching up against the cage, Allen reverses, lands a knee to the legs but then gets reversed again. Allen again reverses Douw, Douw again slams Allen, and Allen works to the top position. Douw pushes Allen off him and immediately moves to the top position and throws some strikes ending the round.

2nd Round: Again intense striking between the two fighters but they are both tough. Allen pushes him to the cage but can’t dominate him, Douw judo throws Allen and ends up in full guard. No action and Ref stands them up. Douw tries another judo throw but fails and Douw gets taken down for his trouble. Allen in full mount, then back to side mount, then no action and fighters stood up. Douw lands four knees to the body while Allen tries head strikes, back in the clinch against the cage and round ends.

3rd Round: A superman punch from Douw lands continuing the great action in this fight. Allen attempts to take Douw down but ends up at the bottom. Allen throwing strikes from the bottom though. Douw postures and lands some heavy ground and pound but Allen pulls back guard, Ref stands them up due to inactivity. Douw tries a spinning kick and misses and gets taken down hard. Douw gets back up and they go to the clinch. Allen throwing knees to Douw legs. Douw the more gassed but still takes the fight to Allen, and buzzer goes to end what must have been the fight of the night. The judges will decide on who goes to face undefeated Roedie Roets for the FightStar Lightweight title.

Winner via Unanimous Decision (29-28): Allen Smith

 

17th Fight Merrick Bengis vs. Armand Steyn (Middleweight ProAm Title Bout)

1st Round: Some tentative feeling out between the fighters. Armand just missing with a bowler, Merrick pushes him into the clinch against the cage, attempts a takedown but fails and then Merrick manages to finally take him down but after some ground work they are stood up, more feeling out between the two with both not committing to too much.

2nd Round: Merrick coming out with some kicks, Armand then moves in to strike but gets taken down. Merrick moves to half mount. Merrick transitions to full mount and lands some ground and pound but Armand escapes but gets taken down almost immediately again. Merrick again moves from half mount but ends the round without much else happening.

3rd Round: Merrick easily winning the stand up, almost toying with an exhausted Armand. Merrick takes Armand down again and lands elbows and strikes but just can’t finish him, Armand gets let up and Merrick moves in again but still cannot finish him with both happy to hear the buzzer go for the round to end.

4th Round: Merrick takes Armand down easily and lands ground and pound and proceeds to just dominate him, forcing Armand to give up his back and eventually Merrick gets the RNC sunk in tight enough to get the win, and the belt. A double champ at FightStar last achieved by his ex-teammate Keron “Skinner” Davies. Merrick seemed to struggle at his new weight but will hopefully adapt better in his next bout.

17th Fight Winner via Submission (RNC): Merrick Bengis (03m04s into the 4th Round) New FightStar Middleweight champion

 

18th Fight Niel du Plessis vs. Colin Hume (Light Heavyweight ProAm Title Bout)

1st Round:  Such a frenetic start with Colin managing to get Niel’s back within the first thirty seconds and Niel rides it out and defends armbar submission attempts. Niel escapes and immediately gets on top of Colin. Raining strikes and elbows down, Colin managing to absorb the damage and works to get back to full guard but eventually the ref calls the fight controversially as the buzzer sounds, handing Niel du Plessis the FightStar Light Heavyweight title he let slip in his previous attempt against Merrick Bengis.

Winner via TKO: Niel du Plessis (04m59s in the 1st Round) New FightStar Light Heavyweight champion