Cape Town - South African mixed martial arts
star JP Buys will start his quest for dual promotion domination on Saturday
when he makes his Brave Combat Federation debut against Russia’s Gamzat
Magomedov in Lahore, Pakistan.
Buys (5-2) - the reigning
Extreme Fighting Championship bantamweight king - will meet the undefeated
Magomedov (3-0) on the main card of Brave 17.
The 22-year-old, who is under
the tutelage of Richard Quan at Fight Fit Militia in Johannesburg, expects his
wrestling credentials to be tested by the Dagestani at the Nishtar Park Sports
Buys won multiple national and
international titles in the singlet before transitioning to MMA.
“My training camp has gone
really well,” Buys told mmaengage.com
prior to jetting out of the country on Monday.
“I train full-time so I’m never
in or out of camp. The weight-cut is still currently going, but it’s been
"I know my opponent is
gonna try wrestle me so I focused on a lot of wrestling, but at the same time
I’m a wrestler.”
He is confident he will hand the
the KHK MMA Fight Team product his first loss in decisive fashion.
“I see myself winning, not any
specific way, but definitely a finish.”
Buys has penned a three-fight
deal with Brave, and expects to soon challenge for the belt in the
The former EFC interim flyweight
champion will look to emulate his compatriot Dricus du Plessis in achieving
gold under two banners.
EFC middleweight and
welterweight champ Du Plessis (12-2) recently held the 77kg strap in
Polish-based promotion KSW, but lost it in a rematch with Roberto Soldic (14-3)
in London on October 6.
“I personally feel that me
coming from a promotion with two titles under my name I should have had the
title fight now,” Buys said.
“But I think after two fights I
should be fighting for the belt.”
He added: “To become a
two-promotion champion will be great.
“It’ll mean a lot to me, my
friends and family, as well as my country to win an international title.”
Buys is no stranger to competing
abroad, having fought in Las Vegas on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender
Series in August 2017.
He also wrestled in the US,
Serbia and Madagascar.
“To compete on foreign soil has
always been a challenge for me, I enjoy challenges,” he said.
“And if I’m able to perform and
win on foreign soil then I’m happy.”
SA-born Frans Mlambo (5-3) will
also fight at 61kg at Brave 17 against Aidan James (2-0) from Wales.
Mlambo lives in Ireland and
trains with combat sports superstar Conor McGregor (21-4) at Straight Blast Gym