South Africa’s second largest broadcaster, e.tv has partnered with new extreme fighting promotion, Last Fighter Standing (LFS) to broadcast a 12-part reality TV show as well as the finale being held on 15 October at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg which will be a two hour live broadcast starting at 9:30pm.
The 12-part reality show which premieres on Monday 25 July at 22:30 follows professional fighters from various martial art disciplines around the country in their quest to be crowned the Last Fighter Standing- and thereby winning their share of R1 million.
“For the first time in South African history, fighters from Karate, Kickboxing, Muay-Thai, Muay Boran, MMA and Grappling disciplines just to mention a few will have an equal opportunity to compete for major prize money in an action packed and very entertaining elimination tournaments that will see one person in each division officially taking the title of the best fighter in the country and crowned as the Last Fighter Standing SA Champion 2016 -and with e.tv as a broadcast partner, the entire country will be coming along for the ride,” said LFS spokesperson Darius Jakovchuk.
“We are very pleased to bring Last Fighter Standing to our viewers. e.tv is known for our action-packed entertainment, and this new fighting format guarantees to entertain and thrill our audiences.” Says Marlon Davids, acting MD: e.tv Channels Division.
LFS, which is sanctioned by the Martial Arts South Africa Pro Commission will hold qualifying tournaments hosted in the largest cities in South Africa and will see top professional fighters from around the country compete in each division in the city closest to their home.
Male fighters from three weight categories; Lightweight, Welterweight and Heavyweight; and one female division, Bantamweight will compete in an eight- fighter elimination tournament.
The winners that qualify at these Provincial elimination tournaments will compete in the finals at the TicketPro Dome Johannesburg in October 2016.
Fighters have a limit of 20 seconds on the ground. There are two minutes per round and three rounds per fight. This ensures more energetic fights and encourages fighters to bring their all to the table. A variety of leg take downs, foot sweeps, hip throw’s and knock downs are allowed to bring the opponents to the ground.
With a 10 seconds No Time Wasting Rule, shortened rounds and limited time on the ground, fighters will have to show more wit and grit to come out victorious. With the set of rules used at the Last Fighter Standing arena, more spectacular KO’s and ground finishes are anticipated.
South African Championship
2016 will culminates with the winners from the four qualifying events facing off against each other in their particular weight divisions on 15 October where a winner in each division will be crowned the Last Fighter Standing South African Champion 2016.