Vuyisile Colossa

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Vuyisile Colossa
Born Vuyisile Colossa
(1982-06-28) 28 June 1982 (age 32)
Other names The Cheetah
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 middleweight kickboxer, Muay Thai fighter and mixed martial artist. He represents Team Colossal and is currently residing in Hong Kong.[1]

Background[edit]

Vuyisile Colossa (Magwanqana) was born on 28 June 1982 in Free State, South Africa. His thirst for competition started in 1996 and led him to participate in many different sports throughout his teenage years. At Leseding Technical School, he was chosen for the first team in baseball and cricket, as well as the second team in basketball and rugby. Two years later, Colossa moved on to THS Welkom where he not only participated in the athletics team, but was also chosen for the first team in hockey and third team in rugby.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Kickboxing & Muay Thai[edit]

In 1998, Colossa was introduced to the world of kickboxing. This first taste was all it took for him to decide to devote his life to mastering martial arts. 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 Kick Boxing Title and the Ring Contact Fighting Art International Welter Weight 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 Kick Boxing Council Champion, Thai Boxing Champion and was also the runner-up for the W.A.K.O. Pro World Title. Later that year, he attained his 1st 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 4-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 4-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 kick boxing 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 wins and 1 loss. His only defeat was a controversial decision loss to URCC Welterweight champion Eduard Folayang.[2]

ONE Fighting Championship[edit]

In June 2011, it was announced that Colossa had signed 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.[3] 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 in 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.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In June 2014, it was announced that Colossa has signed with the UFC. He is expected to make his debut for the promotion on 23 August 2014 at UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le.[4]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kickboxing & 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 Welter-weight Kick Boxing Champion
  • Former South African Thai-boxing Middle-weight Champion
  • Former South African Professional Kick Boxing Council (P.K.C) Middle-weight 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

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