Friday, 10 February 2012

South African MMA Community update

Twitter is a wonderful tool which enables us to keep abreast of the latest happenings in areas of interest. For me, this area is Mixed Martial Arts, and more specifically, MMA within South Africa.

Here are a couple of interesting things happening in the South African MMA community. If you know of anything else, please tweet me on my twitter account: MMA South Africa

MMA Announcements
The fast approaching EFC 12 - McLellann vs Smith event fight card has undergone some serious reconstruction. As is customary with MMA events, injury has forced the withdrawal of certain fighters. Fortunately the EFC has found replacements for these fighters and the event still looks like a winner. Here is a link for all articles pertaining to: EFC 12 articles

MMA Articles
I have stumbled upon a couple of good articles pertaining the South African Martial Arts community. These are inextricably linked with the MMA community and are an interesting read. As the sport continues to grow and evolve, this type of article should become more common. interviews Dino Bagattin recently conducted an interview with EFC 12 fighter Dino "The Lion" Bagattin. The brief interview touches on the following topics:
  • Preparation for his upcoming EFC 12 fight
  • His thoughts on Martin van Staden's injury and his new opponent Michiel Opperman
  • His future in the EFC and MMA 
Click here for the full interview

Huntley Smith on BJJ & MMA in SA

Huntley Smith is a BJJ instructor at Gorilla Warfare, one of the top fight teams in South Africa and home to EFC fighters Jeremy Smith, Andrew van Zyl, Denzil Wait and Jean-Luc Kazadi. In this article, Smith covers the following topics:
  • The psyche of fighting
  • The evolution of MMA
  • BJJ and MMA in South Africa
Click here for the full article

Martial Arts Events
A couple of Seminars and Tournaments have been announced for the coming weeks. Here is the info you need:

Team Mayhem & Rio Grappling BJJ Seminar
18 February 2012, Roodepoort, Gauteng 
Join Jurgen Putter, Francois Groenewald, JP Joubert and Jacques Joubert for a BJJ seminar catering for 1st timers through to intermediate and experienced learners. R50-00 per person as an opening and introductory offer. 
More info

Quantum Tribe Grapplers Cup
25 February 2012, Bruma, Gauteng
Another great Grappling competition for all grapplers from all clubs and all walks of life. Come together and compete in this awesome sport of brotherhood, Both Gi and No Gi will be available as well as Male and Female
More info

New MMA Gyms
Some new MMA gyms have opened recently in the Johannesburg area. Here is some information on the latest additions to the MMA community:

World of Warriors
1st floor, Orion building, Corner Boeing and 1st Avenue, Elma Park
011 657 4435
Facebook Page
Twitter Profile 
Feature article on

Team Mayhem SA
Roodepoort / Ruimsig Athletic Stadium
071 362 7331
Facebook Page
Twitter Profile


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