The thrill of the fighting championship rocked the Ticketpro Dome on 15 October 2016
Expectations were exceeded by far, minds were blown and the fighting action was next level at Last Fighter Standing (LFS) which took place at the Ticketpro Dome in Joburg on Saturday. From the phenomenal Vegas style opening ceremony right through to the left hooks and right upper cuts, knock-outs and submission style wins, the caliber of sports and entertainment on show was unlike anything ever seen before on South African shores.
LFS Spokesperson, Darius Jakovchuk: “What an incredible weekend of fighting. The skill the fighters brought to the table was off the chain. The response from the audience, which numbered over 5 000 has been nothing short of phenomenal. Having an incredible opening ceremony and performances by SA’s best musicians like MiCasa really added the cherry on top. We can’t wait for next year’s LFS, we’ll be making it even bigger and better!”
The winning fighters who get a slice of the prize money and prestige are:
• LFS Ladies Featherweight Division – Essiane “Junior” Clotilde, beat her worthy opponent Bunmi Ojewole after going the complete 5 round distance – by points.
• LFS SA Men’s Lightweight Division – Ceeh Khobone, beat Alan Smith, who although the youngest entry within the LFS Nationals showed great determination and willpower, by points after also going the full 5 rounds of receiving serious punishment!
• LFS SA Welterweight Division – Keagan Wroots won against Gunter Ngunza by a strategic arm lock submission.
• LFS SA Men’s Heavyweight Division – Thabani Mndebela, who was fighting Quinton Rossouw, won by points – in a fight that was called “the best South African fight of the century” by many of the great sporting enthusiasts present at the Dome.
• LFS 4 Nations Division – Danyo Ilunga (Germany) beat Peter Graham with an exciting knock-out, after Danyo lost his fight against Alain Ngalani on points, but Alain could not fight Peter Graham (who won Kristaps Zile from Russia) due to an injury which he ob-tained within his fight against Danyo during the International pre-lims.
• The SA vs Russia exhibition Heavyweight Fight, between Danie van Heerden and Reinis Porozovs was won by Danie van Heerden when he got Reinis into an impressive submission, which is not seen often within Heavyweight fights.
The incredibleSA Nationals, in 4 divisions, fought it out for their share of R1 million in prize money and Last Fighters Standing 4 -Nations, was awarded a total of another R1 million in prize money. This clearly ensured fighting at a new level of crowd pleasing entertainment where fighters showed heart, honor, dedication, integrity and mind-blowing action from start to finish.
Another awesome element that set LFS apart and some would say, way ahead of the rest, is that unlike in other fights or competitions, the Women’s Fights’ prizes are equal to men. A very much overdue development and one that is most welcome.
The CEO of LFS, businessman and media entrepreneur Quinton van der Burgh combined the awesome new LFS platform with a reality TV show and charity initiatives in partnership with Generosity Water.