Frans Mlambo from SBG Ireland won the Combate Global Cup bagging $100,000 dollars in prize money in an 8-man Bantamweight tournament in Miami, Florida on Sunday, December 12. Mlambo is an IMMAF World Champion and a former two-time contender for the BRAVE CF bantamweight title. The fighter trains under the veteran, John Kavanaugh and is a training partner of former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor.
Representing Ireland Mlambo fought 3 times in one evening with veteran coach, John Kavanagh and Bellator higher, Will Fleury in his cage-side. He defeated Jose Zarauz in the opening bout via split decision, Cristian Barraza in the semi-final via unanimous decision, and Kevin Codero in the final, via another split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
The fights prior to the finals were just one 5-minute round, with the final featuring 3, 5-minute rounds. The prize pot is promoted as “the biggest trophy in sports,” by Combate Global. Previously in his career, Mlambo showed pure grit and iron-will, when he fought four separate fights in four nights as part of the IMMAF World MMA Championships, a tourney he won in 2015.
However, he topped his performance to a superhuman level going three times in less than 24 hours. He will now fight the Combate Global Bantamweight Champion, David Martinez, for the title in 2022.
Hari Bhagirath is the former Chief Creative Officer at BRAVE Combat Federation. Currently, he heads Strategic Relations and Financial Communication for a major Fortune 100 organization. He is also the co-founder of Totem Capital, a private wealth management initiative.