FightStar Changing Amatuer MMA Through Out 2013
2013 marked a huge year for amateur MMA as the FightStar Amateur Fighting Championship Promotion brought out some of the best
amateur MMA fights ever seen.
The promotion started it’s run this year at the 46 Brigade Army Base in Kensington with FightStar 2. An event that showed all the makings of a
memorable fight night where we saw athletes such as Barend “BB Gun” Nienaber take to the cage to prove why they deserved their shot at the big time.
With a memorable performance on the same night by amateur athletes Quade Allen and Jason Wilken FS 2 quickly spread the word early on in the year that there was a new amateur promotion on the street and it was here to stay!
FightStar 3 made that first impression of the year a solid one as it boasted a huge fight card that featured some of South Africa’s top amateurs at the time alongside the relocation to a venue that caters for double what the last venue could, as FightStar came to Mandeville Sports Center. Durban gyms were also invited to compete growing the long reach of the promotion further and further and ensuring the fans never get bored. With fighters like both the Botha brothers Hanru and Pierre leaving the crowd amazed with their great perfomances and ending the night off with one of the most talked about amateur title bouts of the year, Morne Prinsloo VS Keron Davies.
Needing to make sure everything was cemented. FightStar 4.0 hit the scene almost immediately as one of the most talked about amateur promotions out there. Bigger and better than ever before, FightStar 4.0 lived up to it’s promise of great things as we saw the promotions first ever Womans Mixed Martial Arts bout between Santa-Marie Venter and Natasha Elliot aswell as the rising star athletes such as Tumisang Madiba, Gareth Sawyer and Giovanni Pretorius all wanting to be inside the FightStar Cage to prove their place in the hexagon a permanent one. The night brought out what quickly became the biggest and most controversial fight that FightStar Match Maker Grant Oliff had ever put on. Two friends collided for the Middleweight title. Both men known to have huge KO power, phenomenal stamina and dangerous all round skill sets. Keron “Skinner” Davies VS Gordon “RAGE” Roodman.
After the success of Fightstar 4.0 and with the year coming to a close, there was only one last thing to do. Host FightStar 5. C0ming back with a bigger production company and more fights on the card than ever before. Fightstar 5 also welcomed to the cage for the first time, Nambia. With Namibian fighters taking on fighters from Johannesburg and it’s surrounds this fight night showed that there are still so many undiscovered talents out there, with a main card that boasted well known amateurs and two of the main card fights including the co-main event of the evening being WMMA fights and a title fight to round the night off between Tumisang “The President” Madiba and Jasen Van Der Merwe.
FightStar 5 saw the Mandeville Sports Centre packed to capacity as a night filled with 24 fights got underway and left not a single person disappointed.
Alongside EFC Africa, FightStar has been an ongoing promotion looking to better the name of MMA in South Africa and develop fighters into becoming the best they can be all year round. With over R50 000 having been donated to development programs, such as Fighting Fit Africa, Twilight Home For Boys and various other charities focused on the improvement of the youths and athletes of tomorrow, FightStar and EFC Africa are working closely together to bring more and more out of every event to ensure the constant growth of not only our sport in South Africa but our countries youths life quality aswell. With young fighters such as Cassim Khusu and Joseph Phutiage taking to the cage and proving that a difference is being made through their excellent wins and narrow loses, Fightstar aims to bring more and more athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds to a place where they can make their dreams come true.
Next year, FightStar is back! FightStar 6 kicks off on March 8th with a huge fightcard that promises to deliver a night not to be forgotten.
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