South Africa was one of the 11 countries represented at “Brave 19: South Africa,” the first ever international mixed martial arts event in the country. Bahrain-based MMA promotion Brave Combat Federation held the historic event at the Sun City Resort in North West, South Africa on December 8, 2018.
“Brave 19: South Africa” featured 10 MMA bouts. In the first bout of the evening, Francois “The Business” Meyer, 23, faced his fellow South African fighter Jan Paul “Pickaxe” Ronge, 23.
Ronge was born on June 7, 1995 in Trichardt, Gert Sibande, Mpumalanga, South Africa. He made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 19: South Africa.”
Previously, Ronge competed in Fightstar Fighting Championship South Africa. He was coming out of a four-bout winning streak as an amateur fighter.
Fighting out of Potchefstroom, South Africa, Meyer is a North West University alum. He made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 19: South Africa.”
Meyer’s martial arts backgrounds are karate and kickboxing. He was coming out of a unanimous decision loss to Adilbek Kairgali of Atyrau Qalasy, Kazakhstan at the 2018 IMMAF-WMMAA Unified World Championships on November 14, 2018.
Meyer and Ronge competed in an amateur bout in the lightweight division at “Brave 19: South Africa.” It ended in the first round when the former submitted the latter via anaconda choke.
The victory improved Meyer’s amateur MMA record to 14 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Ronge now has 9 wins and 4 losses.
“Brave 19: South Africa” Main Events
In the co-main event of the evening, Frans “The Black Mamba” Mlambo, 27, of Dublin, Ireland and Dansheel “Mamu” Moodley, 26, of Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa competed in the bantamweight division. The Irish contender submitted his South African opponent in the first round.
In the main event, Adam “Pride Time” Townsend, 30, of Hampton, Tennessee, United States faced Mark Hulme, 22, of Sunninghill, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa in the welterweight division. The South African defeated his American opponent via unanimous decision.
Canada, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, the U.S. and Zimbabwe were also represented at “Brave 19: South Africa.” Check the complete results here.