Saturday, 25 February 2012

Costa Ioannou - Fighter Profile

Costa Ioannou has a long history in martial arts, having started at a young age with more traditional martial arts like Karate and Wushu Kung Fu. This lead him to boxing and ultimately to MMA.

At 25, Ioannou made his professional MMA debut in the EFC hexagon against Brendon Katz, a fight which earned him fight of the night honours and was later dubbed “The best fight on African soil”. This set the stage for his rise to fame, as he outclassed everyone the EFC put in front of him en route becoming the EFC Africa Lightweight champion, a title he won from Wentzel Nel in convincing fashion. Costa has since defended his title successfully against Alex Cheboub.

Costa Ioannou is an exceptionally gifted athlete, being freakishly quick and strong in his weight class. He is also extremely aggressive and backs this up with a very well rounded MMA game which is underlined by one of the best MMA ground games in the country.

Costa Ioannou stats
Age: 26
Height: 5’8” (172cm)
Weight: 70 Kg
Weight division: Lightweight
Stance: Othadox
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Fight team: Fight Fit Militia & Crazy Monkey Defence
Twitter profile: @costamma

Costa Ioannou fight stats
EFC Stats – 4 wins ,0 losses
All time stats – 4 wins, 0 losses

Costa Ioannou EFC fights
Brendon Katz
Decision (Unanimous)
EFC Africa 3
William Bentley
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
EFC Africa 5
Wentzel Nel
Submission (Triangle Choke)
EFC Africa 8
Alex Cheboub
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
EFC Africa 11

Costa Ioannou Fighting Achievements
2011 – EFC Africa Lightweight Champion
Gi & No-Gi submission champion

Costa Ioannou MMA South Africa Awards

Costa Ioannou ranks achieved
Costa Ioannou holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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