Born in South Africa but also representing Ireland, Frans Mlambo will get a hero’s welcome in his home country as he touches down to fight in the co-main event of Brave 19, December 18, in Sun City. A training partner of Conor McGregor at the famed SBG Ireland gym, he takes on fellow striker Arnold Quero and has promised to put on a show for his fans.
Even though “The Black Mamba” is coming off two straight losses at Brave Combat Federation, his confidence remains at an all-time high. While he admits he doesn’t know too much about his opponent, the expectation of a “good fight” remains a promise for Mlambo.
“All I know about him is that he’s from France and he’s a strike. I like to fight stand-up guys, so you can expect a war at Brave 19. It should be exciting! I’ll put on a show for everyone and I can’t wait to get more fans in South Africa after this”, says Mlambo.
And the bantamweight contender can expect extra support when he enters the Brave cage on saturday. His family will watch him live for the first time, a scenario that Mlambo never thought possible. He praises Brave’s initiative of putting on global fight shows in Africa and expects local athletes to benefit in the short term.
“It really is a dream to be fighting in South Africa, especially because my family will be watching me throw down live. What Brave is doing around the world and in Africa is groundbreaking. It’s just amazing, and I feel it’s going to give a lot of opportunities to different fighters around the world, who otherwise wouldn’t have these type of chances”, ponders Mlambo.
Brave 19 will mark the first time the biggest MMA promotion in the Middle East touches down in South Africa. The main event will be a clash of welterweight newcomers as Mark Hulme defends his home turf against experienced american wrestler Adam Townsend. Also set for fight night is the return of Carl “The Bomber” Booth. The former welterweight title contender looks to get back to winning ways against Dino Bagattin.