Fightstar 36 was a huge success! The atmosphere was electric at Graceland as the fighters prepared for their fights. Saturday morning saw the weigh-ins in the arena that looked far from finished. Only the cage loomed over everybody as they scrambled to get everything ready.
Chairs were still scattered around and banners littered the arena.
It was a different story altogether when people started to arrive for the fights. Lights were dimmed, illuminating the cage as it stood ominously in the middle of the arena, leaving visions of things to come to one’s imagination. Spectators were bustling by, trying to find their seats in the darkened arena. The tension started to build up as the fighters warmed up behind the scenes. The noise inside the arena was increasing as more and more spectators arrived.
Then the first call, 15 minutes to go! 10 minutes to go! First Fight! Heinrich Wiese (of Dominator’s Den – DD) faced off against Christopher Matukane. Matukane reversed a massive takedown and landed with Heindrich Wiese in a rear naked choke. Christopher’s steady squeeze wins him the first fight of Fightstar 36.
Stephan Diedericks (DD) faced JP Albos in the second fight of the evening. Stefan “The Berzerker” Diedericks beat his opponent in 1 min and 21secs in a fast-paced fight.
Hendrik van der Merwe (DD) faced G.P. van de Venter in the third bout. GP delivered a vicious stand-up game to earn his win against Hendrik via TKO in the second round.
Next up was Kerwyn “ Dr Kush” de Waal (DD) and John “Butcher Boy” Ledwaba. Kerwyn beat his opponent with a guillotine choke after a nail-biting fight.
The night started to look good for the fighters of Dominator’s Den. Vince “His Majesty” Nkosi fought a tough fight against Mthunze and were the first athletes to go all three rounds that night, each displaying their takedown and boxing abilities. Vince was titled the winner via unanimous decision by the judges.
No local fighters were involved in the next three fights.
Despite an excellent defence by Nicholas Hwende, Shannon van Tonder managed to construct a relentless rear naked choke. Shannon took the victory in the second round following some competitive ground game.
Qhayiya Pefile and Jordan Chetty had a fight that had it all. Excellent striking, grappling and reverses eventually took their scrap to the ground where Qhayiya finished it with a TKO.
Herman van der Westhuizen and Peace Nguphane went the full three rounds, breaking the silence in the second round. Eventually declaring Peace the victor via split decision.
In the first of the main fights, Paul “Macpanda” Rich survived an infamous throw from Donald Mabusela and managed to use a guillotine choke. Paul subdued Donald in the second round of their fight, following a series of fast pace striking.
Smit “Malboer” Steyn (DD) unleashed a fury of strikes from the start of the first round against Denis “Black Jesus” Mashinini, earning him the victory via TKO. Malboer wasted no time putting a stop to this bout after 1 min 45 secs in the first round.
The next fight saw a tremendous kick that put an early end to the fight after Dimitri “The Russian” Fogg controlled the first round. Eliezer Kubanza landed a flawless head kick, winning him the fight via knock out.
Cedrick and British were up next. Cedrick Mbala managed to land the mount on British and began the ground and pound, finally winning via TKO in the third round.
With three fights to go, it was the turn of Julio Plaatjies and Gift Walker that met for a second time. This time, however, Julio walked away with the Flyweight Title after winning with a rear naked choke.
The second last fight of the night was the highlight for the Secunda fans. Paul “Piksteel” Ronge and Nathaniel Komane went head to head for the interim Featherweight Title. After several deadly strikes from Nathaniel, Paul finally won the fight via a rear naked choke. Piksteel won his first title: Featherweight Champion! Piksteel is definitely Secunda’s favourite son!
The final fight was between Nkosi Ndebele and Francois Meyer. During a full five rounds, Nkosi Ndebele and Francois Meyer displayed an excellent mix of striking and grappling to finally determine the Fightstar Lightweight Title. Francois remains the champion of this division.
Dominator’s Den fighters won 5 of their 7 fights! Well done to Coach Cedric “The Dominator” Doyle and his boys!