Armand "Wanderlei" Scheepers Debuts at EFC 42

Picture by EFC Photographer from EFC 42 Media Day: Regis Muyambo and Armand Scheepers faces off.Check out link for more pics of EFC 42 Media Day  

Every young fighter has a dream they want to turn into reality. Turning pro is one of those dreams, and as a South African MMA fighter, EFC is that big dream. Armand Scheepers, or better known as "Wanderlei", (due to his uncanny resemblance to UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva), was able to make this dream come true, as he is expected to face Regis Muyambo of Panther Fighting Arts, at EFC 42.

As a build up to his debut fight, I decided to do a feature on this talented fighter.

Armand Scheepers started training in early 2012, at Crucifix Grappling in Brackenfell under Shaughn Vos, a long time student of former MMA fighter Rico Hattingh. He trained under Shaughn for roughly three months, twice a day and got hooked right away. They started concentrating on Jiu Jitsu and Armand entered his first competition. He went on winning the SAGA advanced teenage section for both WP and South Africa. This only after training for a short period of time.

Later in the same year, Armand competed at the Cape Town International Open, where he won his section in the GI and in the Absolute, (which were all belts) and came third. He then competed in No-Gi and beat two purples and a blue belt as a beginner white belt. Unfortunately Armand ended up tearing his ligaments and meniscus in the final and lost narrowly.

With more bad luck coming his way, Armand moved away from Cape Town with his parents and in so doing, training took a nose dive. Though he found a gym, he was only able to train 2-3 times a week. He had his first fight and managed to knock his opponent out in 30 seconds (talk about talent).

Knowing that this young fighter had the ability and skill to go far, his BJJ coach, Shaughn Vos made a plan to get him back to Cape Town and have him train full time. Shaughn decided to have Armand move in with him and his family. In his time of training and fighting, Armand had two knee surgeries within the space of one year.

Since then, he's had three more fights, one he won by submission in the first round. He then fought Josh Light for the CFL pro-am title where he hurt him early with a combo of punches and finished the fight with an arm bar. His toughest fight was against Qaasim Coetzee, where he defended his title, although he won via TKO, he had to wait until very late in the 1st round.

Since then, training happened twice to three times a day, where he has a small group training session with Shaughn and Rico. During these sessions, they focus on some hard sparring, where nothing is left back. Three times a week he focuses on strength and conditioning. At night, it's a mix of classes, including MMA, BJJ and kickboxing with the likes of Gideon, Rico, Shaughn and Tyron Rightford.

With a great team of coaches and mentors behind him, Armand Scheepers is more than confident when making his first appearance in the hexagon. He will however be facing a guy that is no stranger to EFC and has faced some good competition in his pro career, Regis Muyambo. Muyambo is currently on a pro record of 2 wins and 3 losses. His most recent loss came by the hands of Don Madge at EFC 39.

Catch Armand Scheepers as he makes his pro debut at EFC 42, at Grand Arena, Grand West.  

Article by : Darren McLean
Sponsored by : Commu Print, Lethal Edge MMA

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