Event Report HeySports National Title Fight Night
Main Fight – WKF / SAPMAC South African Middleweight Extreme Striking
The stunning Presleys Nightclub in Johannesbuurg was the setting for the first ever Extreme Striking title fight anywhere in the world.
It featured WKF world number five and South African K-1Champion - Sydney “Machine Gun”Mokgolo who at 21 years old came into the fight as the probable favourite due to his frightening 18 wins from 18 fights with 17 kos.
His opponent was the vastly experienced Soweto fighter Lucky "Mr Sidekick” Notshele who is an ex South African K-1 and Kickboxing champion with international experience and over 57 pro fights to his name so it was expected to be a tough task for the youngster.
After the opening ceremonies and national anthem the battle started with Mokgolo immediately attacking Notshele and causing huge problems with his speed, power and
Notshele was backed onto the cage fencing with a superb double front kick and the youngster piled on the pressure with body and head punch combinations plus some knees before launching into a multiple elbow attack of frightening proportions ending with a truly massive elbow to the side of Notshele’s head which everyone knew was the end of things just from the sound of the impact alone.
Long before the referee declared the result Mokgolo was on top of the cage arms raised as he also knew there was no chance of Lucky getting up.
A stunned crowd cheered loudly for the immensely popular young fighter a young guy of truly awesome potential who literally assassinated his much more experienced opponent.
He is now both South African K-1 Champion and South African Extreme Striking champion and hungry for an overseas opportunity early next year.
The crowd and promoters obviously expected a much longer fight but this display of pure brutal power and ability left no body disappointed whasoever, just slightly awestruck that such a young guy can already be so clinically destructive.
If you love all action fighting from a fantastically built fighter with every skill in the book with a knockout record second to none – this is your boy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Support fight 2 pro Extreme Striking lightweight
Eugene vd Merwe V Thabo “De Natural” Chauke
This was a SAPMAC “Young Guns” fight
featuring 2 first time pros both with junior amateur K-1 titles to their names.
They met in amateur K-1 earlier in the year with a very impressive Chauke shading it on points.
This time it wasn’t so close with Chauke very clearly the better prepared and sharper fighter.
Van der Merwe pushed forward but was having trouble getting past Chauke’s long jabs and very quick feet.
Chauke landed two round kicks to the head one after the other which rocked van der Merwe before a follow up kick was caught on Van der Merrwe’s forearm right on the bell fracturing one of the smaller bones in the wrist and bringing an end to a very interesting fight.
Both of these young guys will go far in the
near future without any doubt at all.
Support fight 3 pro MMA
Marino Cutendana V Christiaan Kidson
This was another fight with young talent
with Kidson the more experienced having had 5 pro fights with 4 wins
Cutendana was stepping up from a very successful amateur MMA career and making his pro debut with a big future planned.
Sadly it was not a fight at all as Cutendana was simply on a different planet taking Kidson down from the first bell and never for a second letting off the pressure going from position to position to position with Kidson having no idea at all how to escape and finally
being forced to tap wel before the end of the round.
Cutendana’s professional ambitions are ready to be realized – a simply awesome performance.
Support fight 4 MMA Heavyweigh
Leslie Van Rensburg V Morne Van Niekerk
This was the opening fight of the night with Van Rensburg known to favour stand up fighting and Van Niekerk the ground game.
Van Niekerk immediately got Van Rensburg on the floor and dominated position for the opening minutes very nearly having submissions on several occasions.
It really looked over for van Rensburg but he refused to tap, kept moving and starting to create his own opportunities eventually getting in the perfect position for a rear naked choke which Van Nienkierk couldn’t escape from and tapped our for a great win for Leslie who literally went crazy with joy.
Support fight 5 professional Shidokan
2 rounds bare knuckle, 2 rounds K-1 and 2 rounds MMA
Nolan Busch V Rip Mashele
The excellent Nolan Busch returned to the ring after 3 years away and looked incredibly sharp dominating the early moments with awesome flurries of knees. Both fighters exchanged savage bare knuckle
shots to the body and great kicks but sadly it was al over near the end of round 2 as Rip Mashele was forced to retire with a foot
EXTREME STRIKING PRO DEVELOPMENT
A special fight was put on just before the main professional bill featuring 2 exceptional young men who have qualified for their pro licenses already through their skills and amateur experience and are
now just waiting for their 18thbirthdays before they embark on full
They were in action for a SAPMAC Young Guns
national title in Extreme Striking and if you ever need proofof the depth of young standup fighting talent you need look no further.
Bandon Mashele met David Moketse in a development pro battle with the safety padding firmly in place and they put on a fight of such quality it was hard to believe. 5 quite unbelievable rounds of extreme striking action saw a points decision and Young Guns title awarded to
Brandon Mashele who will be fighting in the WKF European Championships in the Ukraine in September as part of the Gala show which will hopefully include both Tiger Ximba and Machine Gun Mokgolo as well.
It was a wonderful night fighting and a big thanks to Presleys, the venue, Shidokan SA for some awesome amateur fights,
SAAMMAF for the amateur MMA and of course the national professional control board for all martial arts, SAPMAC for the pro fights.
Support fight 1 Pro K-1 Lightweight
Nkosinathi “Tiger” Ximba V Jan Moatese
Yes the Tiger was back in action for the first time since his fine performance in Vienna in October.
For local fights he still will fight between 56 and 60kgs but internationally is dropping weight to under 58 where he is world ranked at number 1 and under 56.4 where he is ranked at 4. This on great advive from President Fritz and Victor Lazurko who felt he was too short for the 60kg division.
We felt we learned a lot from the fight with the excellent Lightweight K-1 champion Konstantin Trishin and the tiger proved this with a simply awesome controlled performance luring his opponent in and countering close in with hooks and excellent knees as used so well by Konstantin.
Moatse came out fighting aggressively pushing at the Tiger who stepped out and sideways avoiding everything being thrown at him and countering with short punches and knees.
He rocked Moatse with a huge hook halfway through the first round before dropping him with a big knee for a standing 8
Seconds later it was all over as Tiger pushed forward to an obviously damaged Moatse landing a massive knee to the ribs which could be heard several rows back from the cage.
Moatse was counted out and treated immediately pleasingly being able to walk from the ring and in good spirits later in the changing rooms.
He is a very good future prospect for K-1
and Extreme Striking but the Tiger is already thinking of Europe for 2013.