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KINGDOM: SEASON 3

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Have you wondered what the life of an MMA fighter's really like? Do you ever consider the extremes they go to in order to put on the performance they do? Have you ever wondered what happens outside of the cage? How they live, or what they sacrifice? Well, one thing is for sure: it's not easy - putting your body through tough training and a rigorous diet, starving yourself of carbs that your body so craves, not forgetting the risk of getting injured during training camp. And, on top of it, cutting weight the day before weigh-ins!

These are only a few examples of what a fighter has to endure physically. But what about mentally? Emotionally? Spiritually? Sexually? Psychologically? All this is best encapsulated in Byron Balasco's hit TV series, KINGDOM.

Kingdom has been a big hit among fans. In Season 1, Alvey Kulina (Frank Grillo), a former professional MMA fighter, opens up a gym with his girlfriend Lisa Prince (Kiele Sanchez). He runs the gym, trains fighters and tries to …

FIGHT FOR CHANGE

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[Cape Town, South Africa] Boxing has always been referred to as the "Sweet Science". This alludes to the fact that boxing is "a skillful craft that involves strategy and forethought - much like a chess match", an extract from iSport states. What makes it even sweeter is when all proceeds of a boxing event are donated to a charitable cause. Point in case, Fight For Change, a boxing event which took place on 15 June at the Tsogo Sun's, Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town.
Timelapse - Fight For Change Ring Setup#FightForChange#PebblesProject#DareToShare#CharityFight#FightNight#Boxing#SivNgesiProductionspic.twitter.com/OT1n5GB6AF — APFC (@AfricanPrideFC) June 15, 2017 African Pride Fighting Championship (a local fight promotion) and Siv Ngesi Producitons teamed up to bring this great initiative to life. Two charities, Pebbles Project and Dare to Share, were the beneficiaries of the donation. Pebbles Project's primary focus is directed at education for children and Dar…

IRSHAAD SAYED CALLS DEMARTE PENA A CHEATER AFTER PED USE EMERGED

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[Cape Town, South Africa] Just a few hours ago, Demarte Pena released a statement on Facebook saying that he was a victim of contaminated supplements. This came after his November 2016 title defense (against Irshaad Sayed) blood tests revealed that he had consumed banned substances.

After learning of the results, Sayed wasted no time in firing shots at Pena, indicating that he didn't believe Pena's statement and that Pena "hired a great lawyer to argue his case". Sayed posted a pic of Pena with an injection needle indicating his use of PED's, along with the below comment.

"@thewolfpena has been busted for PEDS, an agent to boost testosterone production. You don't hear that in his statement, neither does he mention that he hired a great lawyer to argue his case. If you are taking a supplement to boost your testosterone, whether they are legal or not you are still trying to gain an advantage. Let's be clear there aren't any supplements that are app…

DEMARTE PENA: I FELL VICTIM TO CONTAMINATION OF TWO APPROVED SPORTS SUPPLEMENTS

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[Cape Town, South Africa] It's always an unfortunate situation when athletes get caught using banned substances. It's bad for the fighter, the sport and the promotion. Most of the time the fighters claim they were not aware that the supplements they were using contained banned substances. Same is the case with EFC World Wide Bantamweight Champion, Demarte "The Wolf" Pena.

Pena made a statement on Facebook stating that he was not aware that the supplements he was taking was contaminated and also provided proof to support this statement. He has since been suspended, attended a hearing and has been reinstated to return to the hex. Here's his social media announcement.



"It is unfortunate but I have been alerted to incorrect rumours circulating about me as the EFC Worldwide Bantamweight Champion; I believe it is necessary to correct these rumours by providing the correct, relevant facts.

I fell victim to contamination of two approved sports supplements, which I use…

ALPHA GRAPPLING LEAGUE 7

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[Cape Town, South Africa] The 7th installment of the popular Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) event, Alpha Grappling League, is underway and taking place on 24th June 2017 in Stellenbosch at the Van Der Stel Sports Club. Grappling and BJJ has formed a very big part in the fast growing sport of Mixed Martial Arts and sees BJJ classes filling up by the day. 
Back in 2015, MMA Fundi founder Justin Smith had a chat with Shaughn Vos, (the brains behind the tournament, along with his mentor Rico Hattingh). The discussion was mostly about the motivation behind the tournament, the benefits of Grappling and BJJ, and the future and vision for the league.

Click here to have a look back at that interview between Justin and Shaughn.

Even today, 2 years down the road, Alpha Grappling League is still offering a high quality event with high quality competitors. The likes of EFC Fighters, Regis Muyambo, Luke Michael and Armand Scheepers (who won Alpha 3), have all competed at past events.
So if …

APFC AND SIV NGESI PRODUCTIONS HOST CHARITY BOXING EVENT: FIGHT FOR CHANGE

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[Cape Town, South Africa] MMA Fundi has a great love all all combat sport. Even more so if the promotion is geared towards a charitable cause. This is exactly what Mike Mouneimne of APFC and Siv Ngesi from Siv Ngesi Productions had in mind. What's even more spectacular is the fact the Mouneimne is stepping into the ring himself to show just how dedicated he is towards the cause.

However, they cannot do this alone. They need your your help in making this event a success. Also, raising R100 000.00. Thus far event organisation has only been able to rack up R3645.12 through donations. On that note, the MMA Fundi team has come together to pledge R1000 towards to the cause and has put out the challenge to other organisations in the combat sport community to meet or better their donation.

Find out how you can donate below.


May, 2017, Cape Town
Local fight promotion African Pride Fighting Championship (APFC) and South African celebrity and t.v personality, Siv Ngesi have joined forces for …

BAMMA 30: PHILPOTT Vs. WALSH - 7TH JULY 2017, 3ARENA, DUBLIN

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[London 26.5.17] A huge number one contender bout for the Lonsdale Lightweight title has been confirmed for the BAMMA 30: Philpott Vs.Walsh fight card.  Former champion Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee will face SBG rising star Richie Smullen for the next shot at Tim Barnett.  Also joining the lineup at the 3Arena, Decky ‘The Diamond’ Dalton will face Team Ryano’s Mick ‘The Basher’ Brennan.

The 3Arena prepares for action on 7th July as BAMMA 30: Philpott Vs. Walsh features the Lonsdale Lightweight contender showdown between Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee and Dublin's own Richie Smullen.  With Ireland's two biggest Lightweight prospects facing off against each other for the right to face Champion Tim Barnett, this bout has huge implications for the Lightweight division.

Also, crowd favourite Decky ‘The Diamond’ Dalton returns for another all out war as he faces Team Ryano’s Mick ‘The Basher’ Brennan in what will be an action packed battle. These Featherweights go head to head as they jostle to get…