South Africa’s Don Madge earns 2nd UFC win, decisions Fares Ziam at ‘UFC 242’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Don “Magic Man” Madge, 28, of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa was one of the winners at “UFC 242.” It was his second victory in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Featuring 13 mixed martial arts matches, “UFC 242” took place at The Arena in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on September 7, 2019. In the first bout of the evening, Madge competed in the lightweight division against Fares “Smile Killer” Ziam, 22, of France.

Peter Hickmott served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the lightweight contest was left in the hands of the judges.

In the end, Hickmott raised the hand of Madge, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision.

“We got the win and that’s what we came here for,” Madge said in his post-fight interview in the octagon. He also reported a possible broken hand.


Including France and South Africa, 13 countries were represented at “UFC 242.” The others were Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Japan, Morocco, Russia, Scotland and the United States.

Ziam and Madge were the sole representatives of France and South Africa, respectively. The South African contender was coming out of his successful UFC debut at “UFC Fight Night 138” on October 27, 2018 at the Moncton Events Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he defeated Te “Tango” Edwards, 28, of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

In the main event of “UFC 242,” reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Makhachkala, Dagestan, Russia successfully defended his belt from then reigning interim UFC Lightweight Champion Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier, 30, of Coconut Creek, Florida, USA. The Dagestani champion submitted his American challenger via rear-naked choke in the third round.

Meanwhile, watch the complete “UFC 242” post-fight press conference here:

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