Two-division African champ signs with Brave CF
EFC Bantamweight champion J P Buys has signed a multi-fight contract with Brave Combat Federation. The prospect from South Africa is only 22 years old and will join the developing bantamweight division of the promotion. Buys is trained by Richard Quan at the Fight Fit Militia.
Buys had won multiple titles for wrestling including the African Wrestling Title, 12th Place at Wrestling World Championship and MMA Fight Stars Bantamweight Championship. He became the champion at EFC after submitting Baldwin Mdlalose in the first round at UFC 54. He went on to successfully defend his championship in South Africa after trying out in the Tuesday Night Contender Series in USA. Buys has a professional MMA record of 5-2, after having an undefeated amateur career with six straight victories. He is recognized for his both his wrestling and submission game. Buys started in amateur wrestling at age of 15 before transitioning into MMA full-time.
In the recent event hosted by Brave Combat Federation in Belfast, Buys accompanied Chad Hanekom from South Africa as the cornerman. Hanekom won the bout in the first round via submission, and gained a performance bonus. There Buys expressed his interest to compete in the MMA promotion found by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa from the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Buys with a record of four of his five professional wins coming by way of submission is expected to become a challenge for the reigning bantamweight champion, Stephen Loman in the near future. Brave CF has featured multiple MMA fighters from South African including Jeremy Smith, Chad Hanekom, and Frans Mlambo.