Vuyisile Colossa

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Vuyisile Colossa
Born Vuyisile Colossa
(1982-06-28) 28 June 1982 (age 32)
Free State, South Africa
Other names The Cheetah
Residence Hong Kong, China[1][2]
Nationality South African
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)
Division Lightweight (155lb)
Style Kickboxing
Team Team Colossa
Kickboxing record
Total 44
Wins 29
By knockout 14
Losses 15
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 7
By knockout 3
By submission 2
By decision 2
Losses 4
By submission 1
By decision 3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: 29 June 2014

Vuyisile "The Cheetah" Colossa (born 28 June 1982) is a South African professional mixed martial artist, Kickboxer and Muaythai fighter. He has been professional competitor in kickboxing since 2002 and a professional MMA competitor since 2010.[3]

Background[edit]

Originally from the mining town of Thabong Welkom in South Africa, Colossa was active in sports growing up.[4][5] At Leseding Technical School, Colossa competed in baseball, cricket, basketball, and rugby. Two years later, Colossa moved on to THS Welkom where he also began competing in hockey. At the age of 15, Colossa began training in kickboxing at the age of 15.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Kickboxing and Muay Thai[edit]

Colossa finished in third place in the Free State Championships and was granted a spot on South Africa’s first team. He then went on to win a bronze medal in the South Africa Fighting Championships. In 1999, he won the BIG Five Championships and came second in the Free State Championships. He then achieved second place in the 2000 SA Championships. In 2001, Colossa came third in the SA trials in Pretoria and was awarded his national colors. As a result of this success, he was chosen to represent South Africa in Vienna, Austria.

In 2002, he made his professional kickboxing debut. Colossa won his first two titles: South African Full-Contact Kickboxing Championship and the Ring Contact Fighting Art International Welterweight Kickboxing Champion Title. He received the Premier’s Youth Award in Bloemfontein. He was honored by the department of Sport, Arts, Culture, Science and Technology for his exceptional achievement in the field of sport.

In 2003, he was crowned the South African Professional Kickboxing Council Champion, Muay Thai Champion and was also the runner-up for the W.A.K.O. Professional World Championship. Later that year, he attained his first degree black belt in Ring Contact Fighting Art. In 2006, he was the runner-up of the King of the Ring World Title, and then went on to make his debut in K-1 Khan Fighting in South Korea.

In 2008, Colossa competed in various major events in Asia. He faced Naruepol Fairtex at Planet Battle in Hong Kong in June 2008 and Yodsaenklai Fairtex at Planet Battle in November 2008.

In 2009, Colossa competed in I-1 World Grand Slam in Hong Kong in October and I-1 Grand Extreme in Macau in November, coming second in both four-man tournaments.

In January 2010, Colossa took part in his first reality TV show in Enfusion: Test of the Champions in Koh Samui, Thailand. Later that year he won the Wu Lin Feng Golden Dragon Belt at King of the Ring Eight-man Tournament in Zhengzhou, China.

In June 2011 he became a contestant on The Challenger Muay Thai, where he won the Muay Thai Against Drugs belt against American Michael Chase Corley, during the series finale. The show was broadcast worldwide on AXN in September 2011, and continues to show on international networks around the world. At the end of that year he competed once again in I-1 Grand Slam four-man tournament in Hong Kong, this time emerging victorious with the belt.

On 3 April 2012, Colossa fought against the notable Muay Thai fighter Saiyok Pumpanmuang in the semi finals of the WMC tournament. On 31 December, Colossa competed in a Wu Lin Feng eight-man tournament fighting kickboxing in Beijing, China.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Colossa made his professional MMA debut in May 2010. He began his career with a record of 4-1 with his only defeat being a controversial decision loss to URCC Welterweight Champion Eduard Folayang.[8]

ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

In September 2011, it was announced that Colossa had signed a 3 years contract with ONE Fighting Championship. He fought Ma Xing Yu at ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 3 September, winning via stoppage early in the opening round.[9] After the fight, Colossa announced that he wanted to fight for the One FC lightweight belt.

He faced Lowen Tynanes at ONE Fighting Championship: Return of Warriors in February 2013. He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission on the dying seconds of the third round.

Colossa rebounded with a series of wins in his two most recent appearances in ONE FC; he defeated Kotetsu Boku by decision in September 2013 and Caros Fodor by decision in December 2013.

In June 2014, it was announced that Colossa has signed with the UFC. He was expected to make his debut for the promotion on 23 August 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le.[10] However, a bout on that card never materialized and it appeared that he had a contract with ONE Fighting Championship that was due to expire in late September 2014.

Colossa was scheduled to face Caros Fodor in a rematch at ONE FC 20: Rise of the Kingdom taking place on September 12, 2014.[11] However, Colossa pulled out at the last minute due to injury.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing and Muay Thai[edit]

  • 2014 International Professional Combat Council(IPCC) 73 kg Champion
  • 2012 World Muay Thai Council(WMC) I-1 Champion
  • 2011 World Muay Thai Council(MAD) Champion
  • 2010 King's Cup Finalist
  • 2010 WLF World Champion
  • 2002 Ring Contact Fighting Art International Champion and South African Welterweight Kickboxing Champion
  • Former South African Muay Thai Middleweight Champion
  • Former South African Professional Kickboxing Council (P.K.C) Middleweight Champion
  • South African R.C.F.A Champion (Amateur)

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing and Muay Thai Record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 7–4 Caros Fodor Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Moment of Truth 6 December 2013 3 5:00 Pasay City, Philippines
Win 6–4 Kotetsu Boku Decision (unanimous) ONE Fighting Championship: Champions and Warriors 13 September 2013 3 5:00 Jakarta, Indonesia
Loss 5–4 Lowen Tynanes Submission (rear-naked choke) ONE Fighting Championship: Return of Warriors 2 February 2013 3 4:37 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Loss 5–3 Yui Chul Nam Decision (split) Road FC 10: Monson vs Kang 24 November 2012 3 5:00 Busan, South Korea
Win 5–2 Seok Mo Kim TKO (knees and punches) Road FC 9: Beatdown 15 September 2012 1 4:38 Wonju Chiak Indoor Gym, South Korea
Loss 4–2 Yui Chul Nam Decision (unanimous) Road FC 5: Night of Champions 3 December 2011 3 5:00 Seoul, South Korea
Win 4–1 Xing Yu Ma TKO (punches) ONE Fighting Championship: Champion vs. Champion 3 September 2011 1 0:49 Kallang, Singapore
Win 3–1 Stefan Lukovnikov Submission (armbar) Draka: Governor's Cup 2010 18 December 2010 1 4:59 Khabarovsk, Russia
Loss 2–1 Eduard Folayang Decision (unanimous) Martial Combat 12 16 October 2010 3 5:00 Sentosa, Singapore
Win 2–0 Alex Niu KO (punches) Martial Combat 7 18 August 2010 2 N/A Sentosa, Singapore
Win 1–0 John Vargas Submission (rear-naked choke) Fury 1: Clash of the Titans 21 May 2010 1 N/A Cotai, Macau

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UFC Macau Updates: ONE FC star Vuyisile Colossa signed, Alberto Mina's debut re-booked, TUF: China". Bloody Elbow. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Team Colossal". Colossa Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "UFC Macau Updates: ONE FC star Vuyisile Colossa signed, Alberto Mina's debut re-booked, TUF: China". Bloody Elbow. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Vuyisile Colossa". Muay Guy. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "VUYISILE COLOSSA (SOUTH AFRICA)". Siamfightmag.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Founder". Whitecollarmma.biz. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "FansOfK1.com - Vuyisile Colossa". Fansofkl.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Dave Walsh. "LiverKick - LiverKick". Liverkick.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "ONE Fighting Championship - Events". Onefc.com. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "UFC Macau Updates: ONE FC star Vuyisile Colossa signed". bloodyelbow.com. 13 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Caros Fodor vs. Vuyisile Colossa rematch added to September's ONE FC 20". mmajunkie.com. 19 August 2014. 

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