Cape Town - Top South African MMA coach Richard Quan believes Don Madge’s
successful UFC debut did wonders for the growth of the sport in this country.
Madge, who trains under Quan
in Johannesburg, garnered global attention by knocking
out America’s Te Edwards with a second-round head kick at
the Avenir Centre in Moncton, Canada in October.
The former EFC lightweight champion earned a $50 000 performance
bonus for his efforts, as he notably joined compatriots Garreth McLellan and
Trevor Prangley in registering victories in the octagon.
Quan feels Madge’s highlight-reel finish “put everyone on the
map” in 2018.
Speaking to Alastair Bishop on
the BigAl MMA Podcast, Quan said: “Listen, the biggest thing
for the growth of MMA this year was definitely Don Madge getting that knockout.
No one can contend with that, in terms of that just put everyone on the map.
Everyone’s talking about it; having that head kick KO, his performance,
domination from round one to the end, it was unbelievable.”
He also gave credit to EFC middleweight and welterweight king
Dricus du Plessis for his exploits in Poland-based promotion KSW, as well as
his fighters JP Buys and Chad Hanekom.
Du Plessis, of Team CIT MMA in
Pretoria, added the KSW 77kg belt to his collection in April before losing
it in a rematch with Roberto Soldic in London last month.
EFC bantamweight champ Buys
and Hanekom are flying the flag in Bahrain-based organisation Brave Combat
Federation, with the former recently winning
his bow, albeit by disqualification, against Dagestani Gamzat Magomedov in
“Obviously in terms of my view you know, Dricus as well, being
in KSW. You know his loss was a loss, but it is still having that international
exposure. Then moving to Chad, Chad being now a top contender for Brave, that’s
massive. Same as JP going out and beating a massive name, a Dagestani name,
“In terms of everything else, like I think every year is a good
year. Look, you can’t look at it as a bad year, there’s always growth. As long
as the guys are performing and winning fights, and putting on fights, I think
there’s always growth. People will stand up and look as long as there’s a good