By Ross Patterson
IMMAF alumni Frans Mlambo won the Combate Global Cup – an 8-man Bantamweight tournament in Miami, Florida on Sunday December 12 – taking home $100,000 dollars in prize money.
Just like in IMMAF, Mlambo was representing his home country, Ireland, and fought 3 times in one evening. He beat Jose Zarauz in the opening bout via split decision, Cristian Barraza in the semi-final via unanimous decision, and Kevin Codero in the final, via another split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).
The fights prior to the finals were just one 5-minute round, with the final featuring 3, 5-minute rounds. The prize pot is promoted as “the biggest trophy in sports,” by Combate Global.
Mlambo trains at SBG Ireland under John Kavanaugh. He was the 2015 IMMAF World Champion, and prior to the tournament achieved a professional record of 10 wins and 5 losses. At just 30-years-old, he is already living up to his huge potential.
He will now fight the Combate Global Bantamweight Champion, David Martinez, for the title next year.