All Roads Lead to the Dome: Last Fighter Standing Launches 2016 with Four Prelim Bouts
Saturday the 28th November 2015, myself along with other fighters, gyms, coaches and event organisers were invited to a media conference which announced the launch of a brand new combat sport platform called Last Fighter Standing. The concept was introduced to us by the Russian born spokesperson, Darius Jacovchuck, who has lived in South Africa most of life. The conference was held at the River Club and we were well received. He explained in exceptional detail the vision behind the LFS and you could hear the excitement in his voice. So with that said, he is the press release with more details on the event.
Leading up to the October 2016 National Championship that will pit local professional fighters from various martial arts against one another, Last Fighter Standing (LFS) has announced its four preliminary regional dates.
Professional fighters from around the country will compete in the city closest to their home in an 8-man elimination tournament that will see the winners qualify to compete for their share of the R500 000 prize money in October 2016.
Men’s Weight divisions
Light Weight division 66.0 kg – 70.0 kg
Welter Weight division 70.0 kg – 77.0 kg
Heavy Weight division 93.0 kg – 120.0 kg
Women’s Weight division
Feather Weight division 57.0 kg – 61.0 kg
“We will be hosting qualifying tournaments in the four largest cities in South Africa this year, Johannesburg 6th August, Durban 5th June, Cape Town 2nd July, and Bloemfontein 16th July. We look forward to establishing winners in each division and city who will go through to compete at the national championship on 15 October at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg,” said LFS Spokesperson Darius Jakovchuk.
Fighters to expect:
Durban Prelim Cape Town Prelims
Ine Brits Joshua Ignjatovia
Shane Campbell Christian Bobo
Tayla Kennedy Mukele Tonton
Mzwandile Hlongwa Sors Grobblaar
According to Jakovchuk, the newly launched fight promotion is designed to suit all fighting styles and has been intentionally created for maximum participator, spectator and viewer value. “The rules are balanced, keeping the fights raw and adrenaline-packed. There are many unique selling points for this tournament. Besides the all-new hexagon-shape ring, there are also rules that make this sport a new global phenomenon in the fighting arena.”
Fighters have a limit of 20 seconds on the ground. There are two minutes per round and three rounds per fight. This ensures more energetic fights and encourages fighters to bring their all to the table. Only a foot sweep, a hip throw or a knock down is allowed. Fighters will need to use more skills to take down their opponent. They will also need to show extra wit to finish their opponent on the mat with limited time allowed. More spectacular KO’s and ground finishes are anticipated with LFS
South African Championship
2016 will culminate with the winners from the four qualifying events facing off against each other in their particular weight divisions on 15 October where a winner in each division will be crowned the South African Champion.
In addition to introducing a refreshing and action packed fighting tournament that will see x fighters crowned the best of the best, LFS is also passionate about promoting indigenous, African stick and bare knuckle fighting which will be showcased during a cultural evening on the 14 October also at the Lifestyle Fitness and Sport Martial Arts Festival, at the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg.
Issued on behalf of Last Fighter Standing by Jam Media
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About Last Fighter Standing
LFS was created by Hanshi Craig Mayman who is a 9th Dan martial artist with over 44 years of martial arts experience. Coming from a time when there were no weight divisions and limited rules, his vision is to create the greatest fighting tournament the world has ever seen and a platform where fighters from all fighting disciplines have equal opportunities to compete against each other.
The organization has a global vision and aims to host the international championships within 24 months. The South African leg will conclude on 15 October at the Lifestyle Fitness and Sport Expo - a sister company of Last Fighter Standing which will be held at the Coca Cola Dome, Johannesburg for the first time.