Mzwandile “Shakebone” Hlongwa, 29, of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa will fight Jeremy “Pitbull” Smith, 34, of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa at “BRAVE CF 31.” It will the second bout of the former in BRAVE Combat Federation and the fourth outing of the latter in the Bahrain-based mixed martial arts promotion.
BRAVE CF will hold “BRAVE CF 31” at the Sibaya Casino in Durban on December 7, 2019. One of the undercard bouts is a middleweight match between Hlongwa and Smith.
Hlongwa has expressed his delight at the opportunity of facing a legend of South African MMA. He revealed he used to send good luck messages to Smith before his bouts.
“He’s a legend, a former champion, ranked once at number 13, a dangerous fighter,” Hlongwa said of Smith. “I was always supporting him, sent him messages when he was going to fight and watching him while I was an amateur but on December 7th, 2019, I’m not going to a party. I’m going in there to take over and going to fight him as if I’ll never fight again.”
“It’s my time now,” Hlongwa continued. “I’m going to destroy him. No one will be allowed to stop me. If he’s tough, I’m going rough!”
Smith is riding a six-bout losing streak. He has been competing in BRAVE CF since 2017 and he failed to win any of his three previous bouts in the promotion.
Currently, Smith holds a professional MMA record of 8 wins and 6 losses. On the other hand, Hlongwa has 4 wins, 1 loss, 0 draw and 1 No Contest.
Before joining BRAVE CF, Hlongwa competed in Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide. Born on June 22, 1990, he has been competing professionally since 2016.
On October 4, 2019, Hlongwa made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 27” at the Mubadala Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. He was submitted by Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev, 25, of Sweden via heel hook.
In the main event of “BRAVE CF 31,” Chad “Superman” Hanekom, 27, of Sunninghill, South Africa and Daniel “Gaúcho” Pereira, 28, of Curitiba, Parana, Brazil will compete for the inaugural BRAVE CF Middleweight World Championship title. It is the first ever MMA world title bout in Africa.