Don Madge – South Africa's First UFC Superstar?
MMA is a dangerous yet quite exciting sport. Although it does not garner the popularity of sports such as football, basketball, and rugby, it still has a big fan base. South Africa is known for its love for a lot of games such as rugby, football, Cricket, and golf. Mixed Martial Arts has not always been one of the most popular sports in the country. However, for the last couple of years, it has been gaining much support, and the fan base is continuously growing.
Last year, the prospect of one of South Africa's own representing them in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brought shockwaves across the sports industry. It was news that no one saw coming. Don Madge is the new face of South Africa MMA, and he is looking to take it to the international level. So, you might be asking, is Don Madge, South Africa’s UFC star today? Do you bet on him on Betway? Don’t worry - it’s what we will talk about in the article.
The Magic Man.
Don, the Magic Man, is one of the most decorated MMA fighters in the country. Last year in October he got the dream chance to join the UFC. The EFC lightweight EFC champion was fighting against the heavily favored Te Edwards. He was struggling to regain the EFC championship. After delivering an amber of knockouts during the first round, it was time to seal the deal. Madge was able to give a thunderous head kick in the second round that saw him walking out as champion. He improved his record (8-3-1) with all of his eight winnings coming in the form of submission and knockouts. His opponent Edwards had a history of (6-2). So, yes, he is someone you can bet on Betway.
The Thai specialist walked out that night $50,000 richer. However, the highlight of his career was in April when he got signed by the UFC. This was after he regained his EFC championship belt against Dave Maznay who submitted (17-6-1).
Madge has gone ahead to hire the legendary UFC featherweight champion Cristiane Justino. She is popularly known as Cris Cyborg. In the past, Madge as a sparring partner has helped Cyborg prepare for title bouts. It now seems that Madge's helping hand has finally paid off after he was signed with the UFC. However, that offer brought about some consequences.
Madge had to relinquish his EFC belt. He was set to defend his title against UK's legendary lightweight champion Gavin Hughes(9-0). Since he relinquished his title, Martin Van Staden(18-9) took on his place to fight for the title. Currently, the EFC Lightweight Championship belt is vacant.
Don Madge has the right tools to set him to become the UFC Championship. He has Inspired other MMA fighters in South Africa such as Nkazimulo and other South African stars. A UFC win from a South African would put the country on the map. Don Madge is the man to watch out for in the MMA world.