Cape Town - EFC bantamweight king JP Buys has left Brave Combat Federation
after a single outing for the Bahrain-based organisation.
Buys (6-2) initially penned a three-fight contract with Brave with
aspirations of becoming a dual-promotion champion, a feat previously achieved
by South African compatriot Dricus du Plessis (12-2) under the EFC and KSW
However, the 22-year-old opted
to terminate the deal despite winning
a controversial debut against Russia’s Gamzat Magomedov (3-1) via
second-round disqualification in October 2018 after absorbing illegal strikes
to the back of the head.
The contest was marred by a post-fight scuffle, as an
enraged Magomedov accused Buys of feigning injury to get his hand raised
by English referee Marc Goddard at the Nishtar Park Sports Complex in
“I was actually supposed to
have two more fights with Brave, but I just didn’t feel comfortable competing
for them you know,” Buys revealed to Alastair Bishop on the BigAl MMA Podcast.
“Like, it’s easy to go out and fight. It’s very easy to go out
and fight, but now I’ve got to go out and fight, but these people are looking
at us funny. These people are saying ugly things to us. These people are making
us feel awkward. These people are making me upset while I’m cutting weight. I’m
still in danger.
“Like, there will always be those things in your mind, where you
don’t actually want go and fight with that in your mind. You want to go and
compete at your best. So I took the time, I got a release from Brave and ja,
now I’m signed to face Biko.”
The Coach Quan University
standout will next defend
his EFC crown against interim champ Luthando Biko (5-1) at
Cape Town’s GrandWest Arena on April 13.