Final Showdown to Find Last Fighter Standing

The exciting new all-styles martial-arts hand-to-hand combat tournament Last Fighter Standing comes to its all-action climax with the LFS SA National Championship 2016 & the LFS 4-Nations Championship 2016 at the Ticketpro Dome on 15 October, when the incredible SA National Last Fighters Standing in 4 divisions, will claim their share of a R1 million in prize money and the International Superstar fighters will be contending for their stake of yet another R1 million in prize money! Fans can expect a larger-than-life Las Vegas-style night of entertainment, including a performance by chart toppers Micasa and others.

LFS is an innovative fighting concept combining the best of boxing, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts with rules that encourage a more intense, challenging and entertaining combat sport.

The CEO of LFS, businessman and media entrepreneur Quinton van der Burgh, has combined the exciting new LFS platform with a reality TV show and charity initiatives in partnership with Generosity Water.

Van der Burgh, creator of reality shows Clifton Shores, Sharp Shooter and The Shores, is upbeat and ambitious about the concept.  “We have a Hollywood star on board, TV, R2 million in prize money and global reach. With LFS, we’re turning martial arts into a Las Vegas experience with three international super fights, and 12 national fights, delivering elimination action LFS style.”

The road to the LFS SA National Championship has been the subject of Last Fighter Standing, a popular reality show hosted by Hollywood actor and martial-arts fighter Michael Jai White. White, who has worked with Jean-Claude van Damme, Steven Seagal and Quentin Tarantino, describes LFS as “MMA without the boring stuff”. Last Fighter Standing airs on Monday nights at 10.30 on

The show has drawn a passionate following for LFS’s dynamic format and charismatic fighters like SA Muay Thai champ Ceeh Khubone and hard-striking women’s contender Rushda Mallick. The show charts fighters’ progress through regional preliminary tournaments in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, in four weight divisions, to the SA Championships.

Last Fighter Standing is also the first pro-fighting arena in South Africa to offer equal opportunities and equal prize money to men and women fighters. Women fight in the ladies’ featherweight division, and the men in lightweight, welterweight and heavyweight divisions. The Last Fighter Standing in each of the four divisions will go home with a purse of R200 000 on 15 October.

Four exciting international heavyweight fight superstars will also be competing for the LFS 4-Nations title on 15 October. Basically, the best of the best will be duking it out in true LFS style.

LFS tournaments are intense and explosive, with semi-finals and finals taking place on the same day. Prepare for three two-minute rounds of jam-packed action in the semis, and five two-minute rounds of brute force in the finals with wins by knockout, TKO, submission or decision.

The charity component of Last Fighter Standing has seen fighters take time off from their Sun City boot camp to do maintenance work in a neighbouring village. The outreach is facilitated by show sponsor Generosity Water.

Why Last Fighter Standing kicks butt:

  • Semi-finals: 3 x 2-minute rounds.
  • Finals: determined by 5 x 2-minute rounds.
  • Fast-paced 2-minute rounds ensure that fighters deliver a more explosive performance with more KOs and more spectacular grappling.
  • 10-second no-time-wasting rule to keep fighters pushing forward.
  • Equal opportunities and equal purse sizes for men and women.
  • Hexagon-shaped ring with no cage gives fans a 360-degree view of the action. Cameras mounted at every corner.
  • No time-wasting – a ground-and-pound limit of 20 seconds on the ground. Then fighters must get back to their feet.
  • The carefully defined rules of LFS draw on the history and complexity of martial arts and how they have evolved across the world. The rules provide fighters from all fighting styles, from single-discipline pugilists to combination fighters, with an equal platform and the opportunity to showcase their combat skills, style and stamina.

Tickets for the LFS South African National and 4-Nations Championship, taking place on Saturday 15 October at The Ticketpro Dome, Northgate, are for sale at Ticketpro. Highlights of the show will be broadcast live on in a two-hour special on the night.

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