February 27, 2012 @ 10:13 pm
Quintin van Jaarsveld – The Witness
Gary Smit starred in his recent Amateur Fight League (AFL) debut at Greyville Racecourse.
The 92-kilogram Parabellum Fight Club product headlined the stacked AFL 09 card against Juan Trutter and submitted his highly regarded opponent in just over a minute to end an extraordinary night of fighting on a high.
Smit secured an early takedown and quickly locked in a rear-naked choke to finish Trutter and put himself in title contention in as impressive a promotional debut a fighter could hope for.
“It always feels great to climb in the cage and represent Margate,” Smit told The Witness. “I’m always ready for a fight to go the distance, but I didn’t think the fight would last long. I wanted to keep the fight standing and prove that I’m not just a grappler, but the opportunity presented itself and I took it,” he said.
“I drive to Durban once or twice a week to train with Gorgeous Boyz Hardcore who have such an all-round training regime and high fitness level and I work with a lot of the Parrebellum guys who help me out a lot and deserve a big thank you.
“With trainers like Ronald Dlamini, Rhyne Hassan and Dallas Jakobi helping me and being in my corner, I couldn’t ask for more.”
The 25-year-old headed into his AFL debut brimming with confidence following his shock win over Keron Davies at United Fight League 02 Stand and Deliver at Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World in December.
Coming off a four-year hiatus, Smit sunk in a textbook armbar in the second round to submit the number one contender for the UFL heavyweight championship and earn Fight of the Night honours.
A well-balanced fighter equally adept at striking, grabbling and Jiu-Jitsu, Smit is an exciting prospect in both the heavyweight and light heavyweight divisions and certainly one to keep an eye on.
Jayden Caldwell, Conrad Bernhardt and Rob Forsyth also represented Parabellum Fight Club. Caldwell collided with Dean Grobelaar and looked impressive early on, winning the first round by pushing the action and working for submissions.
However, his more experienced opponent weathered the storm and rallied back to score a late technical knockout. Forsyth and Darren Ovenstone put on a highly entertaining, back and forth brawl which saw Ovenstone edge out a split decision victory, while Bernhardt dropped a unanimous decision to Dansheel Moodley.
Parabellum Fight Club owner Kevin Krummeck applauded his fighters’ efforts, saying, “It’s amazing that four of the fighters on the card came from our club. The three early fights could have gone either way and Parabellum Fight Club Margate and myself are exceptionally proud of all of them.”
The only other bout that went the distance saw Dave Mhlongo, one of four 10th Planet Durban fighters on the card, outpoint Andrew Caruth. The 10th Planet quartet came away with two wins and two losses.
Khulekane Mhlongo was the first to fall when he got caught with a knee bar by Bryan Stein before Ishaan Sahacu fell victim to a technical knockout at the hands of Jason Laing. Saxon Delafield turned the tide and finished strong for his team with a second round armbar of Quad Allen in the penultimate bout of the evening.
Elrich Grace scored the fastest finish of the 15-fight card, destroying Duncan Fourie in just 53 seconds. Warren Rees submitted Steven Kruger with a second round guillotine choke, Baldwin Mdlalose made quick work of David Masenyema, scoring a first round knockout, and Cameron Meintjes finished Gareth Sawyer with a technical knockout in the second round.