EFC Bantamweight champion, JP Buys signed a multi-fight contract with Brave Combat Federation. Buys is the latest addition to the roster of the Bahrain based Mixed Martial Arts organization. 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. The championship was defended against Philippe Rouch from France. Buys has a professional MMA record of five wins and two losses, after having an undefeated amateur career with six straight victories. He is recognized for his wrestling and submission game. An African champion in amateur wrestling, Buys started being active in the sport 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. He also gained performance bonus for his fight. It was then Buys expressed his interest to compete in the Mixed Martial Arts promotion found by His Highness Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa from the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Kingdom of Bahrain will also be venue for the second consecutive IMMAF World Championships of Amateur MMA in 2018. 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 Combat Federation had featured multiple MMA fighters from South African including Jeremy Smith, Chad Hanekom and Frans Mlambo.