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South Africa vs Canada: Hanru Botha, Alex Martinez fight at ‘Brave 19: South Africa’

Hanru Botha, Alex Martinez

South Africa and Canada were among 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 second  bout of the evening, Hanru “The Bully” Botha, 26, of Bendore, Polokwane, South Africa faced Alex Martinez, 24, of Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada.

Blue Corner

Martinez was born on May 21, 1994 in Canada. He is training out of Champion Gym in Grande Prairie.

At “Brave 19,” Martinez entered the cage as a Brave CF debutante and an undefeated fighter. He previously competed in Hard Knocks Fighting, Xcessive Force Fighting Championship and Modern Fighting Championship.

Red Corner

Born in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa on October 9, 1989, Botha has an identical twin brother named Pierre Botha. Their father Rudi Botha serves as Hanru’s coach.

Hanru made his Brave CF debut at “Brave 19: South Africa,” which marked his 11th bout as a professional MMA fighter. He previously competed in Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide.

Fight Results

Hanru and Martinez competed in the lightweight division at “Brave 19: South Africa.” The Canadian fighter submitted his South African opponent via guillotine choke in the third round.

By winning at “Brave 19: South Africa,” Martinez maintained his undefeated record. He now has 5 wins and 0 loss.

On the other hand, Hanru’s record downgraded to 6 wins and 5 losses. He is now riding a two-bout losing streak.

“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.

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.

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