EFC - Fighter Profile - Andrew van Zyl

Andrew "One Gear" van Zyl

Heavyweight

Record [W L D] : 17 - 3 - 0

Submission : 6 Wins - 3 Losses
TKO/KO : 9 Wins - 0 Losses
Decision : 1 Wins - 0 Losses

Age : 33

Height : 1.89 m

Reach : 199 cm

Strengths :Iron Jaw

High Level Grappler
Heavy Hands

From : South Africa

Fighting out of : Randpark Ridge, Johannesburg

Gym : BJMMA

Trainer : Bobby Karagiannidis

Skills Breakdown

EFC - Fighter Profile - Andrew van Zyl
Submissions 40%
Striking 40%
Takedowns 20%

Fighter's Videos

Action Shots

  • EFC 54 - 15 October 2016
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
    EFC54 - Andrew van Zyl vs Elvis Moyo
  • EFC 53 - 02 September 2016
    EFC53 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
    EFC53 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
    EFC53 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
    EFC53 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
    EFC53 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
    EFC53 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
    EFC53 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
    EFC47 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tony Mustard
  • EFC 49 - 13 May 2016
    EFC49 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
    EFC49 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
    EFC49 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
    EFC49 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
    EFC49 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
    EFC49 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
    EFC49 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
    EFC47 - Andrew van Zyl vs Tomasz Kowalkowski
  • EFC 44 - 03 October 2015
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    EFC - Extreme Fighting Championship - Fighter - Andrew van Zyl
  • EFC 39 - 07 May 2015
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    EFC - Extreme Fighting Championship - Fighter - Andrew van Zyl
  • EFC 34 - 02 October 2014
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    EFC - Extreme Fighting Championship - Fighter - Andrew van Zyl
  • EFC 31 - 03 July 2014
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    EFC - Extreme Fighting Championship - Fighter - Andrew van Zyl
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    EFC - Extreme Fighting Championship - Fighter - Andrew van Zyl
  • EFC 26 - 12 December 2013
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    EFC - Extreme Fighting Championship - Fighter - Andrew van Zyl
  • EFC 23 - 12 September 2013
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    EFC - Extreme Fighting Championship - Fighter - Andrew van Zyl
  • EFC 18 - 1 March 2013
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  • EFC 16 - 19 October 2012
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  • EFC 11 - 10 November 2011
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  • EFC 09 - 30 June 2011
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Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Elvis Moyo
  • EFC 54
  • Win
  • R4 TKO (Punches)
  • Tony Mustard
  • EFC 53
  • Win
  • R1 TKO (Strikes)
  • Tomasz Kowalkowski
  • EFC 49
  • Win
  • R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Cyril Asker
  • EFC 44
  • Loss
  • R1 Submission (Guillotine)
  • Brendon Groenewald
  • EFC 39
  • Win
  • R1 KO (Punches)
  • Vandam Mbuyi
  • EFC 34
  • Win
  • R2 Submission (Punches)
  • Elvis Moyo
  • EFC 31
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Ruan Potts
  • EFC 26
  • Loss
  • R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Sors Grobbelaar
  • EFC 23
  • Win
  • R2 TKO (Retirement)
  • Ruan Potts
  • EFC 18
  • Win
  • R5 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Ian Visser
  • EFC 16
  • Win
  • R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Mohamed Karim
  • EFC 15
  • Win
  • R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Ruan Potts
  • EFC 11
  • Loss
  • R1 Submission (Guillotine)
  • Bernardo Mikixi
  • EFC 09
  • Win
  • R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Rayomd Ahana
  • EFC 06
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Ryan de Vasconcellos
  • -
  • Win
  • R1 TKO (Doctor Stoppage)
  • Cecil Smith
  • -
  • Win
  • R2 Submission
  • Shaheid Anif
  • -
  • Win
  • R1 TKO
  • Kobus Huishamin
  • -
  • Win
  • R2 Submission
  • Rhyne Hassan
  • -
  • Win
  • R1 TKO

Fighter's Biography

  • Background disciplines?

    MMA

    Fight preparation?

    Strength and conditioning training, ground work with Bobby Karagiannidis & Marc Hebert, stand up with Colin Nathan & Vusi Mtolo.

    When and why did you start training for fighting?

    I’d always wanted to try something besides the rugby and water polo I did during high school, and when an old school friend, Neil Diesel, suggested I try martial arts I gave it a bash. At that time MMA in SA was pretty much unheard of and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was in its infancy with Rodney King one of the few pioneers. It was pretty much a case of you went in, got thrown in the deep end, and if you could hack it, Rodney was prepared to work with you. The classes were tough and we had a high drop-out rate, but the guys that stuck around are now some of the country’s best fighters and instructors.

    What was your first MMA fight like?


  • What ranks & titles have you held?

    My record speaks for itself...
    2X EFC heavyweight champion

    What ranks and titles have you held?

    My undefeated record speaks for itself...

    Some of the first MMA events in SA were hosted by Ultimate Fighting South Africa (UFSA). The trials were pretty crazy. If you wanted to compete you had to come down and show your ability in a scout hall in Blairgowrie. It was Pride rules, so a lot more dangerous than what MMA is today. Shortly after that I had my first fight at age 19, at Emperors Palace in 2001. I fought Kobus Huisamen who’d had over 100 professional kickboxing bouts, although I didn’t know it at the time. In round one I got my head smashed in. It was only the hard sparring at Street Tough that got me through it. I remember Bobby Karagiannidis was in my corner and at the end of the round he slapped me around and said, “Are you actually gonna throw a punch? Get back in there and do what you do!” I went back in, clinched up, took it to the ground, got mount and won by armbar.

    Favourite fighting technique:

    It's revived my desire to be an MMA fighter. I went through a slump in my career, now I am back and going for the top!

    Do you have any heroes?

    Dad - Carl van Zyl

    Any other interesting info about you:

    Ex head-boy of Parktown boys. Down to earth stand-up guy (as per coach Colin Nathan). In 2004 I got my teaching degree and returned to Parktown Boys to teach. It’s a big responsibility working with younger people, knowing that you influence their lives. I taught a few academic subjects but now I teach Life Orientation, which consists of guidance in career opportunities, citizenship education, personal development and physical education. As a teacher the money isn’t great but I enjoy my job. It’s a good life and there is a definite sense of accomplishment. Plus, my pupils get my autograph on their tests each week. Outside school and MMA I’m an avid comic book collector. I’m a massive Marvel fan, anything to do with The Hulk or The Punisher I have to have. I love fishing and I also read, mainly SA military interventions in Africa and politically-based stuff. My fighting name ‘One Gear’ was given to me by my first MMA coach Rodney King, because my training always took place at one level, the highest one possible.

    What was your job before you started fighting?

    Fulltime student.

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    Notable fights

    Opponent
    Event
    Result
    B. Groenewald
    EFC 39
    Win
    Vandam Mbuyi
    EFC 34
    Win
    Sors Grobbelaar
    EFC 23
    Win
    Ruan Potts
    EFC 11
    Loss
    Bernardo Makixi
    EFC 09
    Win

    Added Detail

  • Competed in professional MMA since 2001
  • Teaches at Parktown Boys High
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