Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Final Showdown To Find Last Fighter Standing

September 2016
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Final Showdown To Find Last Fighter Standing

The exciting new all-styles martial-arts hand-to-hand combat tournament Last Fighter Standing comes to its all-action climax with the LFS SA National Championship 2016 & the LFS 4-Nations Championship 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome on 15 October, when the incredible SA National Last Fighters Standing in 4 divisions, will claim their share of a R1 million in prize money and the International Superstar fighters will be contending for their stake of yet another R1 million in prize money! Fans can expect a larger-than-life Las Vegas-style night of entertainment, including a performance by chart toppers Micasa and others.

LFS is an innovative fighting concept combining the best of boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts with rules that encourage a more intense, challenging and entertaining combat sport.

The CEO of LFS, businessman and media entrepreneur Quinton van der Burgh, has combined the exciting new LFS platform with a reality TV show and charity initiatives in partnership with Generosity Water.

Van der Burgh, creator of reality shows Clifton Shores, Sharp Shooter and The Shores, is upbeat and ambitious about the concept.  We have a Hollywood star on board, TV, R2 million in prize money and global reach. With LFS, were turning martial arts into a Las Vegas experience with three international super fights, and 12 national fights, delivering elimination action LFS style.

The road to the LFS SA National Championship has been the subject of Last Fighter Standing, a popular e.tv reality show hosted by Hollywood actor and martial-arts fighter Michael Jai White. White, who has worked with Jean-Claude van Damme, Steven Seagal and Quentin Tarantino, describes LFS as MMA without the boring stuff. Last Fighter Standing airs on Monday nights at 10.30 on e.tv

The show has drawn a passionate following for LFSs dynamic format and charismatic fighters like SA Muay Thai champ Ceeh Khubone and hard-striking womens contender Rushda Mallick. The show charts fighters progress through regional preliminary tournaments in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, in four weight divisions, to the SA Championships.

Last Fighter Standing is also the first pro-fighting arena in South Africa to offer equal opportunities and equal prize money to men and women fighters. Women fight in the ladies featherweight division, and the men in lightweight, welterweight and heavyweight divisions. The Last Fighter Standing in each of the four divisions will go home with a purse of R200 000 on 15 October.

Four exciting international heavyweight fight superstars will also be competing for the LFS 4-Nations title on 15 October. Basically, the best of the best will be duking it out in true LFS style.

LFS tournaments are intense and explosive, with semi-finals and finals taking place on the same day. Prepare for three two-minute rounds of jam-packed action in the semis, and five two-minute rounds of brute force in the finals with wins by knockout, TKO, submission or decision.

The charity component of Last Fighter Standing has seen fighters take time off from their Sun City boot camp to do maintenance work in a neighbouring village. The outreach is facilitated by show sponsor Generosity Water.

Why Last Fighter Standing kicks butt:

      Semi-finals: 3 x 2-minute rounds.
      Finals: determined by 5 x 2-minute rounds.
      Fast-paced 2-minute rounds ensure that fighters deliver a more explosive performance with more KOs and more spectacular grappling.
      10-second no-time-wasting rule to keep fighters pushing forward.
      Equal opportunities and equal purse sizes for men and women.
      Hexagon-shaped ring with no cage gives fans a 360-degree view of the action. Cameras mounted at every corner.
      No time-wasting a ground-and-pound limit of 20 seconds on the ground. Then fighters must get back to their feet.
      The carefully defined rules of LFS draw on the history and complexity of martial arts and how they have evolved across the world. The rules provide fighters from all fighting styles, from single-discipline pugilists to combination fighters, with an equal platform and the opportunity to showcase their combat skills, style and stamina.

Generosity Water fact file

Generosity has identified clean water and sanitation as the most pressing human need. The company therefore ploughs its earnings into initiatives that provide clean water for underprivileged communities.  A global company with branches in the United States and Australia, Generosity is now rolling out across Africa, and will be available in South African stores soon.

Alkalised Generosity Water is enriched with magnesium, potassium, sodium, and ionic calcium to increase its pH level to an alkaline 10. Health experts agree that excessive acidity in the body contributes to disease, and that an alkaline diet is important to keep your body in balance. Visit www.generositywater.com

Tickets for the LFS South African National and 4-Nations Championship, taking place on Saturday 15 October at The Ticketpro Dome, Northgate, are for sale at Ticketpro. Highlights of the show will be broadcast live on e.tv in a two-hour special on the night.

ENDS
Last Fighter Standing online:
Website: www.lastfighterstanding.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lastfighterstanding
Twitter: @wclfs

For media enquiries, fighter interviews and images, contact:
Melinda Shaw,
melinda@shawmedia.co.za

082 376 6035

Friday, 2 September 2016

LAST FIGHTER STANDING SA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

With Last Fighter Standing Finals in close proximity, the tension and flare starts to build. Keeping a close eye on fighters and the organisation, you will be able to spot the excitement, nerves and pressure building as the day draws nearer. All Roads Lead to the Dome! That's where it will be revealed...The Last Fighter Standing.


EVENT GUIDE

LAST FIGHTER STANDING SA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

BIGGEST COMBINED MARTIAL ARTS EVENT TO HIT SOUTH AFRICAN SOIL. 

Last Fighter Standing (LFS) SA National Championship will be hitting the Ticketpro Dome on the 15th October 2016. Prepare to have your mind blown at the opening ceremony that will trace the history of martial arts and which will be the biggest ever to happen on South African soil. LFS will be hosted by internationally renowned actor and martial arts legend Michael Jai White. The tournament will  feature top fighters from across the globe, making this the biggest LFS bout ever to hit our shores.  If you can’t make it to the ticketpro Dome, LFS SA National Championship will be live-broadcast on eTV from 9pm. For more information and ticket details visit: http://lastfighterstanding.co.za/event/lfs-sa-championship-2016/

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

SUPACORE COMPRESSION WEAR BETTER

Having good gear is always important to any athlete. Having great great is even better. The guys from down under (Australia) have finally brought their brand to South Africa. What makes this gear better you ask? Well, "the engineered waistband technology provides compression through an advanced and innovative knitting process, which improves core stability". You can read more below.

SUPACORE COMPRESSION WEAR BETTER

Supacore, an Australian compression wear brand that offers the latest technology in recovery and injury prevention is now available in South Africa. The compression garments are designed with the latest technology to provide the ultimate quality in compression, comfort, fit and performance. Supacore’s Coretech technology is registered under Therapeutic Goods Australia and is classified as a medical device. The medicinal benefits to physiotherapists give Supacore a distinct point of difference to our competitors.

“This is a superior, high quality brand imported from Australia and retails at the same cost as other compression wear in South Africa,” said local distributor, Justin Witbooi.

CORETECH ™ is the only compression range that assists with recovery of hamstring, lower back and groin related injuries. The engineered waistband technology provides compression through an advanced and innovative knitting process, which improves core stability, provides sacro-lumbar support and assists with, recovery and reduces injury. Other products available are the Football range, training range and recovery wear.

A firm staple of professional rugby and soccer teams internationally the South African branch is looking forward to adding the same technology and support to the local sporting space.

“Supacore is the most comfortable, most durable and most effective compression wear I have tried!” said CEO of Football Operations at Newcastle Knights, Matthew Gidley.Visit the website and online store for more information.

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Issued by Jam MediaFor more information, contact Jess MouneimnePh: 084 827 9730Email: jess@jammedia.co.za

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

LFS Rules and Regulations - Part 1


As we are getting ever so close to the final stage of Last Fighter Standing, all the finalists came together along with LFS CEO Quinton van de Burgh and LFS presenter, Micheal Jai White at the Sun City resort for a training camp. While the fighters are getting familiar with some more techniques and lessons from Micheal Jai White, I thought it would only be fitting to introduce the fans to the Official Last Fighter Standing Rules and Regulations. This will be a regular feature coming as we build up to the finals. In this segment, I will be focusing on Section 8.4 Method on Sccoring for Judges and 8.5 Scorekeeper's Duties.

8.4 METHOD OF SCORING FOR JUDGES

The three scoring judges of a bout will select a winner of each round at the end of each round, marking their ballots accordingly. These ballots will be collected by the assistant scorekeeper, and tabulated at the end of each round by the scorekeeper and LFS Representative. Once ballots have been marked by the respective scoring judges, no changes of the ballots will be allowed except at the express direction of LFS Supervisor. Scoring judges score all rounds by recording a score of ten points for the winner of each round, and a score of not less than five points for the loser of each round. Judges will score using point counters.

10-9 Indicates one fighter distinguished himself/herself as the more effective fighter during the round, as described above.
The score is used often and indicates an obvious margin between the fighters.

8.4.1 Points shall be totaled on each scoring judge's scorecard to determine that judge's selection of a winner.

8.4.2 Each judge's selection will count as one vote towards determining the overall winner of the bout.

8.4.3 If a judge's scorecard, when totaled, reflects an equal number of points for both fighters, that judge will have voted for a
draw. In the case of 3 judges' have an equal number of points for both fighters, the bout will be declared a draw.

8.4.4 If two judges' scores favour one fighter, and the other judge votes for a draw, the fighter receiving two votes shall be declared the winner by majority decision.

8.4.5 If all three judges' scores favour one fighter, that fighter will be declared the winner by unanimous decision.

8.4.6 If one judge votes for a fighter, and the other two judge's vote for the other fighter, the fighter receiving the two votes shall be declared the winner by split decision. Should it be necessary to substitute a judge during a match due to sickness, the scores will stand for the rounds already completed. A substitute judge, appointed by LFS Supervisor, will score the
remaining rounds of the match.

8.5 SCOREKEEPER'S DUTIES

At the end of each round, the scorekeeper will take the scoring judges ballot slip from the assistant scorekeeper or LFS Supervisor who will have collected them from the three scoring judges, and will take the number of kicks from the two kicking judges' cards, and then he/she will tabulate the results onto his/her master score card.

The scorekeeper shall tally all foul points, having been instructed by the referee at the end of each round as to the amount of penalty points, deducting these appropriately from each judge's score under the ten point scoring system,and entering the results on the master scorecards.If the match should end in a knoackout or a technical knockout the scorekeeper shall entert the exact time of the KO/TKO on the master scorecard.

At that time, the scorekeeper shall make the final tallies and deliver the totals to LFS Supervisor, who will verify the accuracy of the scores. Where appropriate, he/she will check the tiebreaker ballots. The Supervisor shall then report the results of the bout to the referee and the announcer.

That will be it for now. With the next feature we will be looking at 8.9:LFS Judging Criteria and 8.10: LFS Referee Criteria and 8.11: Powers of the Referee. 

Don't forget to tune in to E-tv every Monday at 22:30 for Last Fifgeter Standing.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

EFC52: The Cape Storm has arrived

             

It was the week of Municipal Elections around South Africa and with that, many political parties made promises (Including Africa's leading MMA organisation, EFC). EFC came through and really delivered on their promise to the people of Cape Town.

With a much waited for fight between former trainer and student in Jadyson Costa and Don 'The Magic Man' Madge. Fans were also lining up and talking about what promised to be a slug fest between Champion Dalcha and Tumelo 'The Truck' Maphuta.

Before we get to those fights, we take a look at the other bouts on the main card. The first fight on the card saw Sibusiso 'The Monster' Mdoko take on Saxon 'The One Minute Monster' Delafield. Both fighters came into this bout currently on a losing streak and only one of them were able to change things around. That man was Delafield, who stayed true to his nickname by disposing of Mdoko in an impressive 48 seconds of the 1st round by locking in a Guillotine and making The Monster tap.

I personally feel it is time for Mdoko to seek a new gym as he comes into his fights with pride and fire but has been lacking something new. Being a former title contender, Mdoko has alot to offer his fans and a change in coaching staff might just do the trick.

The second fight had Tumisang 'The President' Madiba vs Sindile Manengela. During the first round, Manengela showed his worth and Judo technique by executing a few beautiful takedowns. His time under Chris Bright really showed to make a difference in his style. Madiba having more fights under his name and also 3 first round finishes, he was planning on getting this fight done quickly. Manengela did not make things easy as round 1 quickly came to an end. With another takedown from Manengela in the second round, Madiba capitalised and got top guard. In this postision, Madiba rained down a few heavy hands to the head of Manengela. The ref took a very close look at things and had no choice but to call the fight. Madiba won the fight 3:52sec into the second round. During the interview, Madiba called on EFC Matchmaker Greame Cartmel for a better macthup, "Greame, find me someone who does things different. All these guys fight the same". Let's hope Cartmel finds Madiba the challenge he wants.

Fight three on the main card had Bruno 'Major' Mukulu vs Wade 'Wendo' Henderson. Henderson who was out of EFC for 2 years due to personal reasons, took this fight on short notice and hasn't won since 2013. Mukulu with a very big fan base in Cape Town, had the DRC natives on their feet as he entered the arena and making his way to the Hexagon.

Round 1 saw both fighters using their feet very well. A kick from Henderson grazed the groin of Mukulu. The ref called time but after a few seconds, Mukulu was ready to go. As the fight restarted, Henderson jumped onto Mukulu to lock in a standing guillotine. Mukulu slipped out and took the fight to the mat. With Mukulu having top guard, Henderson made full use of his ground game by striking from the bottom position. Henderson managed to get out of an elbow lock and leg lock right before the end of the firts round.

Mukulu started the second round of with a bang as he moved forward and tagged Henderson that had him going backwards. Mukulu senses that Henderson was in pain, he went in for the kill. Mukulu went forward and landed a kick right in the abdomen of Henderson and dropped him to the mat. The ref jumped in between the two fighters as he could see Henderson had enough. Mukulu won the fight 1:05sec into round 2.

Champion Dalcha Lungiambula vs Tumelo 'The Truck' Maphuta. A fight that had many people talking as these are two guys who are known as the hardest hittest in the organisation. The expectation was high. At the start of the first round, it was clear that we will see a repeat of the Maphuta vs Drotschie fight. A fight that had both guys waiting before they engage due to the power they posses. This tecnique by Dalcha and Maputa had the crowd booing...they wanted a slug fest. This went on for most of the 5 rounds. the times these two actually went toe to toe, the fans were screaming and shouting. Dalcha was clearly the more dominant fighter on the ground as he suffocated Maphuta most of the time on the mat. The BJJ training of Dalcha could be what won him the fight in the end as he beat Maphuta by Unanimous Desicion to claim the Interim Light Heavyweight Title. The downfall for Maphuta was, he showed too much respect to Dalcha. When standing and trading, Maphuta seemed to be the aggresor and more dominant, making Dalcha miss but hardly ever following up with a counter shot.

The main event fight saw Don 'Magic Man' Madge aginst former BJJ trainer Jadyson Costa. This fight was more important then any title fight, this fight was for Madge to show he is alot better since the last time Costa stood infront of him. Madge moved from Cape Town to join one of the country's top MMA gyms, Fight Fit Malitia. Under the guidance of head coach Richard Quan, Madge looked focused as ever when entering the Hexagon. Not wasting any time, Madge charged forward the moment the hooter went off. Costa however did not seemed fazed by the quick attack. Getting Madge on the mat, he attempted to lock in submission after submission. The change in camps, seemed to have made a big difference to Madge as he got out of these attempts every single time. Madge finally got top guard on Costa and began to rain down punches like it's nobody's businnes. The ref kept a close eye on things and decided to put Costa out of his misery, calling the fight 2:31 seconds into round 1.

A packed Grand Arena of almost 4000 people cheered their favourite fighters on and were treated to some very good fights. Let's hope the organisation keeps on delivering top fighters and bouts that will keep the fans coming back for more.

Results of the prelim fights are as follow:

1-Sylvester Chipfumbu beat Lourens Botes via Unanimous Decision.
2-Kaleka Kabanda beat Basambombo Mutuale via Unanimous Decision.
3-Regis Muyambo beat Pope Djembo via Unanimous Decision
4-Wessel Mostert beat Ivan Strydom via Guillotine 1:14 seconds / Round 1
5-Armand Scheepers beat Stefan Pretorious via Guillotine 1:44 seconds / Round 1
6-Pupanga Tresor beat Pietie Coxen via KO 58 seconds / Round 1

Article by: Darren McLean

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Training Session - Fighterz Inc.

Have you ever walked into a Martial Arts training centre and felt intimidated by the students and coaches because you are the new guy (or girl)? I have, but this was not the case when I visited Fighterz Inc. a few weeks back. In fact it was quit the opposite.

Being greeted by a bunch of friendly faces immediately set me at ease, and as I confusingly walked around not knowing where to stand or what to do, some of the students geared me in the right direction.

Although I have been training for a number of years, I always humble myself when walking into another training institution. As all martial artist would know, respect is one of the core fundamentals of this long aged tradition. Co-incidentally, this also happens to be part of the Fighterz Inc. motto.

Our Motto
Respect. Discipline. Commitment.

God first, believe in yourself and never doubt.
Training was intense and extremely technical. So getting a good work out while learning how to defend yourself properly is definitely a winning combination. 


After training I managed to get a few words from two of Fighterz Inc.'s most prestige's fighters, Faeez "Trouble Maker" Jacobs and Justin Arthur Smith. Faeez currently holds three titles from different organisations and Justin recently defeated Ashley Robinson for the Rebel Welterweight title.

Fighterz Inc has prided themselves on many things, one of those being training women in self-defense. Here we spoke to two of the female students and they gave us some insight on their experience with Fighterz Inc.


Fighterz Inc. has built a vast platform where they train both fighters, and the ordinary person who simply trains for fitness goals or self-defense. Be sure to check out their website at www.fighterzinc.co.za should you wish to find out more about their classes and times.

Article by Justin Smith

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

The Saga Continues: Zeus' Journey to The Dome.



After the last interview with Joshua 'Zeus' Ignjatovic, he switched gyms, going from Panther Fighting Arts to Pride Fighting Academy. PFA has become a gym filled with champions, with two fighters recently winning titles in their respective divisions at Cape Fight League 15.

Joshua was in the first fight on the card after being drawn against Alain Kulenfuka at the weigh-ins on Friday 8th July at the Sunningdale Sports Complex. With them being former sparing partners, this fight showed alot of promise as Joshua got in a big right hook that nearly dropped Kulenfuka. Being on the backfoot most of round 1 and 2, Kulenfuka needed to change his plan. Joshua however had other plans with a takedown and beautifully timed shots just before the end of the round. The 3rd round was also in the hands of Josh even with Kulenfuka putting up a fight, but it was too late. The winner of the bout was Joshua. He advanced to the semi-final round where he was set to face Tylor McMurtie.

Being in the first fight on the card, he now had some time to recover while the other fights are going on. He would be in a possible third fight if he manages to defeat McMurtie in the next round.
McMurtie set up a decent fight against Joshua, not backing down and landing a few shots of his own. There was not much between them but in the end, the fighter with the better use of the ring and the one landing more clean shots will be the winner. Joshua progressed to the final fight in the division.

In the next fight and most likely the toughest of the night, he is set to face one of Cape Town's best strikers in Christiano Ndombassy. Ndombassy with a record of 24-6 (wins-losses) was set to be his toughest fight on the night. In the one corner, you had one of the best strikers in Cape Town and very humble fighter. In the other corner you have a former Lightweight MMA Champion and all round Martial Artist, this had fight of the night written all over it.

Ndombassy seemed to be in control of the stand up exchanges. Being patient and following Joshua around the ring. Joshua however who is an MMA fighter, made full use of the allowed 20 second ground and pound rule by charging for the takedown and landing shots at will. This tactic went on for the entire 5, 2 minute rounds. With the decision going to the judges, Joshua was declared the winner and will now be making his way to The Dome.

Joshua 'Zeus' Ignjatovic has at a young age become one of the top MMA fighters in Cape Town. Be sure to follow his progress as he prepares to face the rest of the South African Prelim Lightweight winners, when they all meet up on the 15th October in Johannesburg.

See you at The Dome for Last Fighter Standing.

Article by: Darren McClean