Welcome to the UFC: Don Madge
African MMA is a seemingly growing talent pool every year and with the UFC having limited success in the past, optimism looms as many up-and-comers from the region are waiting for their call up. Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) Lightweight Champion, Don Madge was slated to fight fellow prospect Gavin Hughes on March 31 in the main event of EFC 68. Madge (7-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) would announce via instagram that he would sign to the UFC and vacant his title for EFC. MMA Today’s Ryan Thomas covered the news in this piece.
Don “Magic Man” Madge
Photo Credit: MADfit MMA
From Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Trains out of Fight Fit Militia
3 Submissions (rear-naked-choke)
How will Don Madge fare in the UFC:
Madge started his combat career in Muay Thai where he quickly gained huge success winning the South African Muay Thai Championship at the age of 16. With over 70 Muay Thai fights and only three losses to his name, Madge made the transition to MMA in 2011. Madge has treated his MMA career just like any of his Muay Thai bouts as in MMA his Muay Thai is superior in the cage. Madge has three losses all to the same guy, Leon Mynhardt, and a draw to Boyd Allen as that was a questionable decision where many thought Madge comfortably won. With the three losses and the draw, Madge has run through all his opponents finishing everyone. Watching Madge, he likes to attack with leg kicks which he executes well as well mixing it up to the body and head. The high-level Muay Thai isn’t his only strength as his range stands out with the aforementioned leg kicks, a stuff jab, and his ability to throw two-three combinations. The striking display is nice butin the clinch is where Madge is most comfortable. He does most of his damage with elbows and knees and actively showcases the classic Muay Thai style using trip takedowns. Madge has three submissions and has some nasty ground-and-pound in the guard of his opponents. This is a great signing from the UFC and Madge has the opportunity to prove that the continent of Africa has some amazing talent out there.