EFC Lightweight Champion Don Madge Vacates, Signs With UFC
It appears Don Madge‘s time in Cris Cyborg‘s camp pre-UFC 219, has paid off for the South African Muay Thai convert. Madge (7-3-1) announced via his Instagram that he had signed a contract with the North American giant, the UFC. In a press release EFC would also make a statement confirming Madge’s departure.
Since I started my MMA career, this has been my dream to sign with the @ufc – today I realized that dream!! I’m very proud to say that I am officially a UFC athlete. Thank you to everyone that has supported me from day one. This has been a crazy ride so far, can’t wait to show off my skills in this next venture 🔥 ➖➖➖ Thank you to @efcworldwide for all the years of support and promotion. You’ve given many guys just like me the opportunity to showcase their skills. ➖➖➖ 📷: @theotainmentp
Madge was set to defend his EFC lightweight title against the UK’s Gavin Hughes (9-0). With Madge now out Martin van Staden (18-9) steps in to replace him and fight for the vacant belt.
In a press release EFC would state:
Ahead of his scheduled title defense in Cape Town, EFC lightweight champion Don Madge (7-3) has just been offered a shot in the Las Vegas based promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and has no choice but to relinquish his EFC title and take the once in a lifetime opportunity. Madge has had to vacate the EFC lightweight title, but in doing so it has left an opening for his teammate, Martin van Staden (18-9) to face the No.1 contender, England’s undefeated Gavin Hughes (9-0) for the now vacant championship.