The Grand Arena, GrandWest, sold out made for the perfect venue to host the International UMF Muaythai & Dragon Legends MMA "YEAR OF THE DRAGON" Fight Night & Launch of the Youth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP). The Event was hosted by The Honorable, The Deputy Minister of International Relations Mr. Marius Fransman, His Excellency , The Ambassador designate to Kazakhstan Mr Shirish Soni, Mr Russel Christopher - Representative of the International Association of Human Values & Youth Leadership Training Program & Sifu Kru Quentin 'Dragon' Chong. The fights were fast and action packed, with 2 DL MMA fights and 8 UMF Muaythai Fights on the bill. We were privileged to have special guests that attended in the likes of: Manop Masiwen (Quentin Chong's teacher, head trainer of WMC Head Camp & Head trainer of 'The Challenger Muaythai'), the former president of Malawi, Chief Director of Sports Western Cape Lyndon Bouah, former ministers, Hollywood stars and many other celebrities.
The doors opened at 6:00pm to the sounds of the Amy Biehl dancers and marimba players with the official start to the event beginning at 7:00pm with The Sounds of Africa, Dragon Power's Youth Leadership Training Programme Drummers.
Fight 1: Junior Muaythai Bantamweight - Pumo Khoza (Durban) defeated Slimamkele 'Burger' Mpongobe (Cape Town) by a unanimous points decision.
Fight 2: Senior Muaythai Light Heavyweight - Akhona Mngqibisa (Cape Town) defeated Nicholas McCreath (Cape Town) by unanimous points decision.
Fight 3: Senior Muaythai Bantamweight - Guy 'Kwazi' Lazarus (Cape Town) defeated Mandla 'Shosha' Gogo (Durban) by unanimous points decision.
The 'Sounds of Africa' then took to the stage for the second time and gave an electrifying performance to welcome the world to fight night via live online streaming on Zoopy.com/umf. The crowd was then entertained by the very moving launch video of the Muaythai Against Drugs documentary.
Fight 4: Junior Muaythai Pinweight - South African MAD Title Belt - Mkhululi 'MP3' Mlanjeni (Cape Town) defeats Mlu Khoza (Durban) by KO in the 1st round.
The Honorable, the Deputy Minister of International Relations Mr. Marius Fransman presented an award to Sifu Kru Quentin 'Dragon' Chong to announce his ambassadorship for the Youth of South Africa.
Fight 5: Muaythai Welterweight - Lucian 'Juggernaught' Birks (Cape Town) defeated Xolani 'Boro' Mchunu (Durban) by KO 1st Round.
Fight 6: MMA Lightweight - Bonga 'Mkomo' Hadebe (Durban) defeated Kevin Harwood (Cape Town) by TKO 1st round.
Fight 7: Muaythai Light Middleweight - Cee 'Croco-Croco' Khuboni (Durban) defeated Zahir Parker (Cape Town) by TKO 2nd Round.
Manop Masiwen (Nong) from of the Kingdom of Thailand presented awards for Community Service to pay tribute to people around the world for their efforts in community service. The Dragon Power International Community Service award was given to: Mr. Russel Christopher, representative for the YLTP , The honourable the Deputy Minister of International Relations Mr Marius Fransman, His Excellency the Ambassador designate to Kazakhstan Mr Shirish Soni, Sifu Kru Quentin 'Dragon' Chong.
Fight 8: Female Muaythai Featherweight - Rushda Mallick (Cape Town) defeated Storm 'Force' Brown (Cape Town) by unanimous points decision.
The Ubuntu B-boys gave a world class performance to keep the crowds cheering and on the edge of their seats, and a promo video for the upcoming UMF Muaythai & Dragon Legends MMA Fight Night in mid May 2012.
Fight 9: MMA Professional Middleweight - Sihle 'Somnandi' Khuboni (Durban) defeated Marcel 'Little Hammer' Teniers (Cape Town) TKO in the 3rd round.
The Muaythai Against Drugs Title Belt Fight began with the solemnity and international protocol with the crowds standing to attention while the national anthems of Thailand and South Africa were played.
Fight 10: Muaythai Professional Middleweight - International MAD Title Belt WMC- Jarred 'Rothwieler' Rothwell (Dragon Power, Cape Town, South Africa) defeated Lek Paijaiya (WMC Gym, Koh Samui, Thailand) by unanimous points decision.
We would like to congratulate all the fighters that competed on the night win or lose,
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that helped out on the night and especially to our sponsors for making the event possible: GrandWest, McCarthy's Auto Trimmers, Cape Town Appliances, ChefTrapps, PSS, Thunda.com & Persona Media. As well as our donors IE: Mr. Bruce Wong, Mr. Lawrence Kasi of St.Yves beach bar, Mr Alan Phillips of Sturks tobbaconists, Mr. Stuart Chait, MR. Shane Harrison, Nedbank Private Banking, Mr. Dino & Mr. Dennis & Mr. Roland Govender of 118 Contact. Last but not least, all the fans that came to watch and support!
The next UMF Muaythai & DL MMA Fight night will be taking place 19th May 2012 at Dragon Power Muaythai, MMA & Fitness Centre. So keep visiting www.dragonpower.co.za for details!