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.