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Fightstar

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Every dream starts off as an idea, an idea that requires an endless amount of hours and sleepless nights. In the end when that dream gets turned into reality, you can step back and say, "I did it".
Petro Cignoli and Grant Oliff know all too well about the hardships of making a dream come true. With the hope of raising enough money for their development program, Fighting Fit Kensington, they hosted a full day of action, including a BJJ event, but the real highlight was Fightstar 1. On 2 December 2012, Fightstar was born. Hosted at a location big enough for just about 300 people, they ended up stacking the place almost double, as 500 people were there to watch. As impressive as this sounds, Grant Oliff jokingly confirmed, that out of the 500 fans in attendance, only 150 of them actually paid for a ticket.
Nonetheless the night was a success as the main event had current EFC Featherweight Barend 'BB Gun' Nienaber taking on Jordan Machtle, a Chris Bright prodigy. BB Gun …

EFC 47: The Good, The Bad and The Difference

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EFC 47 was one of the most awaited EFC World Wide show downs up to date. On the 5th of March 2016, Carnival City was buzzing. There were 11 bouts in total ranging from debuts to title fights but the Boyd vs Mynhardt fight created the popularity that EFC 47 gained.
There were electrifying as well as tactless fights. Of course, the latter provide some good material for the coaches and fighters to create their strategies and grow as MMA athletes. I don’t determine a fight to be exciting merely because of a win. It is technique that makes me deem a fight exciting. One of tactless fights (in my opinion) was Pretorius vs Abamba, where Abamba fell right onto the submission of Pretorius. It seemed like Abamba focused solely on his stand up game but had no ground defence knowledge at all. While Pretorius was setting up for a submission on the ground, Abamba didn’t even see it coming which was a little bit of a shock. That is why the submission came very easy. This is something for the coaches…