Cape Town - South Africa's MMA star Don Madge (8-3-1) knocked out heavily favoured American Te
Edwards (6-2) with a second round head kick on the Fight Pass preliminary
portion of UFC Moncton, which saw light heavyweight Anthony Smith submit Volkan
Oezdemir in the main event at Avenir Centre on Saturday.
The 27-year-old earned a $50 000 performance bonus with his
fifth straight finish, as he joined compatriots Garreth McLellan (13-6) and
Trevor Prangley (34-11) in registering wins in mixed martial arts’ top fight
Madge, who trains at Coach Quan University in Johannesburg and
co-owns MADfit MMA in Cape Town, took to social media on Sunday to thank his
supporters and send a message to the talent-stacked 70kg division.
He said on Instagram: “Now that the dust has settled ...
“I would like to thank every person that has backed me and
supported me through my career. The love I received coming into this fight
against a highly touted prospect and huge favourite, was so humbling. I am
living proof if you chase your dream and work harder than anyone else, you can
achieve amazing things.
“To @richiequan: You have changed my life in so many ways; I
owe every bit of this success to you. Thank you for all the countless hours
you’ve spent investing in me. I’ve said it before, but I will follow you
anywhere sir. You’re the best coach, mentor and friend I could ever ask for!
“My family: The years I’ve spent away from you. The times
I’ve had to miss birthdays and special moments. I knew one day it was going to
pay off! Thank you for always having my back through thick and thin; heaven
knows there was a lot of thin… @sethpereira @bernzmadge.
“My team @coachquanuniversity: “You savages have prepared me
for this; it’s not my victory alone. It’s ours! I did this for everyone back
home who believed in me! Thank you my brothers & sisters.
“Lastly, my homie @mlboxing: From day one; I said we would
be here and I would have you by my side! Here we are today. A promise made is a
promise kept! I couldn’t ask for a better friend & business partner! Thank
“I’m here to fucking stay!!! The lightweight division just
got a new KING. I’m coming for everyone’s soul! Snapping necks and cashing