Sunday, 6 May 2012

JP Kruger vs Mawande Vapi - EFC 14

EFC 14 will host a middleweight fight between kickboxing specialists JP "Tinkerbell" Kruger and Mawande "Mr Magnificent" Vapi.

JP "Tinkerbell" Kruger

JP Kruger (1-1) had an impressive submission win against Pete Motaung at EFC Africa 12. After his debut loss to Garreth McLellan, Kruger showed a much improved ground game in his most recent outing, something which will certainly make him a much more dangerous fighter in the Hexagon. 

JP Kruger

Mawande "Mr Magnificent" Vapi

Mawande Vapi is a very decorated Muay Thai fighter. Vapi however has struggled in the EFC Hexagon, losing all three of his EFC bouts via submission against Nolan Swanepoel, Wade Henderson and Jacques Joubert respectively. After a 9 month layoff, Mawande Vapi will return to the Hexagon with a point to prove.

Mawande Vapi

JP Kruger vs Mawande Vapi at EFC Africa 14

JP Kruger and Mawande Vapi both have striking backgrounds, but they are in very different places in their MMA careers. Kruger is fresh off an impressive win which showed how much he has evolved as an MMA fighter, while Vapi has yet to settle into the sport and showcase his brilliant stand-up skills effectively. This fight does offer up some hope of a striking masterclass, but after seeing Kruger's approach to the Motaung fight, I wouldn't count on it.


Vapi is going to kick butt. Ive watched this guy training lately. He is a force to be reckoned with.

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