Last Fighter Standing Cape Town Prelims

Darren: The Last Fighter Standing Cape Town Prelims edition finally made their appearance in the Mother City. Hosted by Cape Fight League at the Sunningdale Sports Complex, fans were in for a full day of fights.

Justin: And what a day it was Darren! Earlier than we are used to, and longer duration spent at the venue but it was all worth it once the bell rang and fists started flying.
Lightweight Division
Darren: Starting just before 11am, we saw PFA fighter and former CFL Lightweight Champion, Joshua 'Zeus' Ignjatovic taking on former sparing partner Alain Kulenfuka. Ignjatovic was in control of the fight in almost every round and just sticking to his game plan. Kulenfuka, though on the back foot most of the time, he did not back down at any time. In the end, Joshua Ignjatovic went on to win the fight and also beat Tylor McMurtie and Christiano Ndombassy all in the same night to advance to the Championship at The Dome.

Justin:I have to admit that Tylor McMurtie thoroughly impressed me. Even though he did not make it to the final he showed no sign of backing down. There were a number of times he had Ignjatovic in some serious trouble. And he is as tough as nails! He took some big shots handed down by Zeus but at no point did he even flinch. 
Welterweight Division
Darren: In the Welterweight Division, Josh Light fom Takedown Academy was drawn against the very entertaining and energetic Christian Bobo Mpia fighting out of Fighterz Inc. The first round started off in a blitz, as both fighters seemed to want to end the fight fast. Mpia however, making good use of his reach managed to tag Josh with almost every punch thrown. Josh, being the die hard fighter that CFL fans know him to be, did not stand back. After a hard fought 3 rounds, Mpia got the much needed win to progress to the next round where he faced Reginald Mnguni and Khulekani Hlongwa respectively to then be the winner in the division and go to The Dome.

Justin: During the break when you did the interview with him, he said something that  struck me hard! "I'm going to dominate all of them!" Which is exactly what he went on to do. At no point was there any doubt that Bobo was there more superior fighter. His awkward movement and skilled style made it extremely difficult for is opponents to figure him out.
Featherweight Division
Darren: Razel Mohamed came into the tournament with the least fights behind her name and was without a doubt, the underdog. This after being drawn against a former Champion in Chantelle van Schalkwyk. At the start of the fight, Mohamed took her time getting to know her opponent and picking her shots but then managed to tag van Schalkwyk with a few heavy hits. during the 2nd round and also in the 3rd, Mohamed was in her element and kept on moving forward, also shooting for a takedown and make full use of the 20 second takedown rule. Mohamed came out victorious in this fight, defeating van Schalkwyk and Khosi Mtetwa in the final Featherweight fight. Mohamed progressed to The Dome.

Justin: Looking at the stats. van Schalkwyk seemed to be the favourite with 27 fights in her win column and Mohamed only 7. For me, the perfect match-up would have been Nuraan Noerdien vs Razell Mohamed but unfortunately, Noerdien had to leave the ring with a broken wrist which Noerdien later stipulated in a post on social media "...is one of those things, it happens..." when referring to her broken wrist.
Heavyweight Division
Darren: Sors 'Guru' Grobbelaar is a name that needs no introduction on the MMA scene in South Africa. Former EFC Africa Heavyweight, was drawn against Thierry Mukuna in the 2nd fight in the Heavyweight Division. Sitting ringside, I almost jumped out of my seat when the two heaviest guys in the division tossed each other around the ring and into the corner, literally making the entire ring shake. These big guys aren't always the most entertaining to watch but Sors has a way of making a fight fan watch him as he uses his legs more then any other heavyweight that I've seen. Thierry put up a decent fight against the veteran but could not beat him. Sors advanced to The Dome after defeating Richard 'The Animal' van Bergen in the final Heavyweight bout.

Justin: And that's what it's all about! The finals that will take place at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg. All these athletes have secured their tickets to the finals. Now we await Joburg prelims.

Article by: Darren McClean and Justin Smith
Photo credit:  Stephen Bryan and Justin Smith

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