MMA fighters shift focus to World Championships

.BY MICHAEL UUGWANGA

FOLLOWING good displays from local Mixed Martial Arts fighter at the African Fighters League on 01 October in Windhoek, the athletes are now looking ahead to competiting at major international competitions.

Damian Muller despite losing to Jomar De Sousa of Angola said his focus now was to qualify for next year’s World Championships in Abu Dhabi.

But first he will need to showcase his talent once again at the Desert Storm Festival slated for 10 December at the coast.

“Theis was the biggest challenge I have experienced in my last fight because my opponent had a long reach and was a bit heavier than me.  However, the fight could have gone either way. At the end of the day the defeat was disappointing but i am now shifting my focus to the Desert Storm Festival. So far I do not even know who my opponent will be. To qualify to the World Championships in Abu Dhabi will be my main focus.  This time around I will not try to go to the distance because you never know when it comes to the judges’ score cards,” Muller said.

Geraldo Bock, who has caught the eye, was in top in his last fight against another Angolan born fighter Leonardo Pascoal, after dropping his opponent in the first round.

Bock, who has already booked a ticket to the World Championships set for April next year at the African Championships that will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, said he was taking a time out before he gets back into the gym.

“The win over Pascoal is a positive momentum going forward and I can build on this.  Next is just some much needed rest, time off and recovery, then set my sights on the World Championships coming up early next year. MMA has changed my life in many ways all for the better.  I have now become more in tune with who I am as a young man, calmer and more confident,” Bock said.

Another top MMA fighter Veja Hinda, like Bock has also qualified for the World Championships in April, and had an easy routine win over Ndombe Nope of Angola on 01 October.

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