Fight Force: Born and Bred mixed martial arts event took place at the Randburg Sports Complex on 16th September with a 16-fight card that included 11 amateur and five professional bouts, featuring fighters from across South Africa.
Bruma’s amateur middleweight sensation, the undefeated Kelvin Mwale, continued his winning streak bringing his record to 4-0. Although he was rocked by Wayne Zandberg’s punches in the first round, he came back to win by earth-shattering ground ‘n pound TKO in round two.
The battle of the welterweight lions between Pretoria’s Leon “Iron Lion” Mynhardt and East London’s Ryan “the Lion” van Niekerk was decided by a rib-shattering spinning back-kick in the first round. Mynhardt’s roar of victory sent out a clear challenge to the rest of the welterweight division.
The main event of the night was the much-anticipated heavyweight war between Boksburg’s Ryan “the Butcher” de Vasconcellos and Parktown’s Andrew “One Gear” van Zyl. The Butcher came out incredibly aggressively, landing massive punches that backed van Zyl into a corner. Fight or flight mode kicked in and van Zyl came out swinging. Throughout the toe-to-toe battle the behemoths were evenly matched, however, after round one the damage de Vasconcellos had taken necessitated a medical stoppage which meant van Zyl took the win by TKO.
Other professional highlights included Durban’s virtually unstoppable James Rennie who made short work of Pretoria’s Michiel Opperman, by way of triangle choke; East London’s Donald Nzirawa defeated Parktown’s ever-popular Dezil Wait by kimura joint lock; and Durban’s Johan van Staden won by TKO when he administered unorthodox ground and pound to Welkom’s Karl-Heinz Thieroff.
The event was made possible due to the generous support of Harley Davidson Johannesburg, Bad Boy, Muscle Science and Hooters.
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