Sunday, 18 March 2012

Leon Mynhardt vs Don Madge EFC 13 fight preview

Leon Mynhardt versus Don Madge at EFC 13 is sure to be a cracker of a fight. The two Muay Thai standouts bring spectacular striking skills to the Hexagon and this lightweight bout is definitely a strong contender for fight of the night.

Leon “The Iron Lion” Mynhardt (9-5)
Leon Mynhardt has been one of the busiest South African MMA fighters of late, and has entered the cage 12 times in the last two years. This impressive fight rate coupled with a serious training regime has converted the striker of old into a well rounded MMA fighter. Mynhardt is currently on a two fight losing streak courtesy of Nolan Swanepoel and Amr Fathee Wahman and will revel in the chance to break this streak against hometown favourite and fellow Muay Thai practitioner Don Madge.

Don “Magic Man” Madge (1-0)
Though only 20 years of age, Don Madge is one of the most talented Muay Thai fighters in South Africa. Madge also trains with some of SA's top MMA athletes and coaches including EFC heavyweight champion Ruan Potts and  welterweight title contender Jadyson Costa. After a convincing TKO win over Wade Groth in his MMA debut at EFC 11, Madge will look to continue his destructive run in front of his home crowd at EFC Africa 13.

Fighter Comparison
Both fighters are Muay Thai experts with impressive credentials, and standing this is either fighters fight. Madge should have a height and reach advantage which may help him to dictate the fight on the feet.

Though the ground is a relatively unfamiliar domain for the two kick boxers, both have worked extremely hard on their games. Madge trains with BJJ black belt Jadyson Costa, and will certainly be well versed. Mynhardt too has worked hard, and showed impressive skills at the recent Quantum Cup of Grappling. I would give the ground advantage to Leon Mynhardt.

The mental edge also has to go to Mynhardt, who, with so much time in the cage of late, has a lot more MMA experience to fall back on. Madge does have the home town advantage and the crowd will certainly be behind the Magic Man.

Leon Mynhardt vs Don Madge Prediction
Both Mynhardt and Madge will fancy their chances standing and this promises to be a striking match out of the top drawer. It is possible that either fighter adopts a  tactical ground-based game plan to counter the other, but somehow the likelihood of this fight going to the ground seems slim and the chances of it finishing there even slimmer.
I predict an action packed fight, with both fighters landing some power shots. It really could go either way, but I think Don Madge will use his height and reach to take the fight away from Leon Mynhardt in the second round and earn a TKO victory.


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