- South Africa will host the 2022 International MMA Federation Africa Championships in Johannesburg today
- 47 athletes will compete across 11 divisions in the action scheduled over three days at the EFC Performance Institute
- Seven African countries are competing in the championships, looking to dominate and bring back continental glory
The most promising mixed martial artists on the continent will gather in South Africa this weekend for the 2022 International MMA Federation (IMMAF) Africa Championships.
The championships will take place from 28 May to 30 May at the EFC Performance Institute in Johannesburg.
Athletes from seven African countries have arrived in the country to compete at the championships, IMMAF confirmed.
The African countries competing are Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
47 athletes will compete across 11 divisions, with each round set over the next three days.
Hosts, South Africa, have the largest team at the championships, with 18 fighters. Angola, which is participating in its first tournament, have 14 entries.
The quarter-finals take place today from 11 am, with the semi-finals being hosted tomorrow and the finals taking place on Saturday.
The action has already been intense as the athletes look to make their countries proud. South Africa's athletes are yet to be defeated, flying the flag high for the country.
The schedule for the quarter-final stage in cage one is:
Bout 1: Male M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs) Maurio_Silva (Angola) vs Djadoo Lionel Ashley Cedric (Mauritius)
Bout 2: Male M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs) Sipho Mlaba (South Africa) vs Doris Bayanga (the Democratic Republic Of The Congo)
Bout 3: Male M: Bantamweight 61.2 kg (135 lbs) Nathanial Komana (South Africa) vs Mwelwa Nkhata (Zambia)
Bout 4: Male M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs) Tresor Musampa (the Democratic Republic Of The Congo) vs Veja Hinda (Namibia)
Bout 5: Male M: Featherweight 65.8 kg (145 lbs) Nicolaas Vermaak (South Africa) vs Divaldo Vicente (Angola)
Bout 6: Male M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs) Luan Tomas Shaka (Angola) vs Ken Nyaondo (Zambia)
Bout 7: Male M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs) Allistar Kunene (South Africa) vs Lewis Mataya (Zimbabwe)
Bout 8: Male M: Lightweight 70.3 kg (155 lbs) Geraldo Bok (Namibia) vs Vedaman Canee (Mauritius)
Bout 9: Male M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs) Ivandro Francisco (Angola) vs Kelvin Chishimba (Zambia)
Bout 10: Male M: Welterweight 77.1 kg (170 lbs) Cameron Coulson (South Africa) vs Jason Maurice (Mauritius)
You can catch the action live over the weekend by going to https://immaf.tv/live, going to the broadcast section and then the live feed for African countries.
South Africa's Dricus du Plessis gears up for big UFC fight, will face America's Brad Tavares in July
In July, one of South Africa’s most dominant mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters, Dricus du Plessis, will finally return to the Octagon. Du Plessis, who has two wins and no losses in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), will take on America’s Brad Tavares.
Africa is well represented in the UFC, with three champions boasting African heritage. Israel Adesanya (Nigeria), Kamaru Usman (Nigeria) and Francis Ngannou (Cameroon) all hold gold in the organisation.
Du Plessis has been dominant in his two outings thus far, winning both by knockout, MMAFighting reported. He was set to fight in April at UFC 273, but unfortunately, injuries to his opponents meant that Dricus did not get his shot.
Source: Sports Brief News