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EFC - Fighter Profile - Francois Groenewald

Francois 'Franaconda' Groenewald

Bantamweight

Record [W L D] : 11 - 7 - 0

Submission : 10 Wins - 1 Losses
TKO/KO : 1 Wins - 2 Losses
Decision : 0 Wins - 4 Losses

Age : 32

Height : 1.76 m

Reach : 180 cm

Strengths :High level submission specialist

Vastly experienced
Strong in later rounds

From : South Africa

Fighting out of : Sunnydale, CPT

Gym : Straight Blast Gym Cape Town (SBG)

Trainer : Steve Bazzea

Skills Breakdown

EFC - Fighter Profile - Francois Groenewald
Submissions 50%
Striking 20%
Takedowns 30%

Fighter's Videos

Action Shots

  • EFC 55 - 11 November 2016
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  • EFC 48 - 22 April 2016
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  • EFC 45 - 07 November 2015
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  • EFC 38 - 04 April 2015
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  • EFC 36 - 11 December 2014
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  • EFC 36 - 11 December 2014
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  • EFC 34 - 02 October 2014
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  • EFC 27 - 27 February 2014
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  • EFC 26 - 12 December 2013
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  • EFC 23 - 12 September 2013
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  • EFC 21 - 25 July 2013
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  • EFC 17 - 23 November 2012
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  • EFC 16 - 19 October 2012
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  • EFC 12 - 02 March 2012
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  • EFC 10 - 1 September 2011
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Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Phillippe Rouch
  • EFC 59
  • Loss
  • R3 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Baldwin Mdlalose
  • EFC 55
  • Win
  • R2 Submission (Guillotine)
  • Boney Bukaka
  • EFC 48
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Martin De Beer
  • EFC 45
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (RNC)
  • Criag Ninow
  • EFC 38
  • Loss
  • R3 Decision (Split)
  • Nkazimulo Zulu
  • EFC 36
  • Loss
  • R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Demarte Pena
  • EFC 34
  • Loss
  • R4 TKO (Punches)
  • Leo Gloss
  • EFC 29
  • Win
  • R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Pierre Botha
  • EFC 27
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Donnovan Wilken
  • EFC 26
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (RNC)
  • Craig Ninow
  • EFC 23
  • Win
  • R3 Submission (RNC)
  • Gareth Buirski
  • EFC 21
  • Loss
  • R1 KO (Punches)
  • Koba Iakobidze
  • EFC 17
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (RNC)
  • Jean-luc Kazadi
  • EFC 16
  • Win
  • R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Dino Bertolis
  • EFC 12
  • Loss
  • R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Abdul Hassan
  • EFC 10
  • Loss
  • R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Wesley Hawkey
  • -
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Kurt Matthews
  • -
  • Win
  • R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)

Fighter's Biography

  • Background Disciplines

    Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    Fight preparation?

    I train five days a week, twice a day, mainly in BJJ, Muaythai and boxing.

    When & why did you start martial arts training?

    I started in in 2009 for self defence. I made the switch to MMA to promote my new gym.

    What ranks and titles have you held?

    2X BJJ SA Champ (FILA & SASCA)

    How did you get your fight name?

    My manager gave it to me after saying it feels like an anaconda is choking him.

    What does it mean to you to fight in EFC?

  • It is the best possible way showcase my skills. EFC is a very professional organization and it has been a pleasure fighting for them for more than 5 years.

    Favoured technique?

    I love my triangle choke. It is a great way to finish any sized opponent.

    What other interesting information can you tell us about yourself?

    I love any outdoor sport and do stunt work.

    What do you enjoy about MMA?

    It’s definitely the most difficult sport out there and I really enjoy all the challenges and pushing myself to the limit.

    What do you consider your strengths to be?

    I'm a very strategic fighter.

    What do you do when not competing or training?

    I’ll be either coaching or in the water swimming or scuba diving.

    MMA highlights:

    Beating Wesley Hawkey was my biggest win so far.

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    Notable fights

    Opponent
    Event
    Result
    Demarte Pena
    EFC 34
    Loss
    Nkazimulo Zulu
    EFC 36
    Loss
    Craig Ninow
    EFC 38
    Loss

    Added Detail

  • Pro Since 2011
  • Practices Ballet as part of his strength training
  • Only been finished once
  • Won all his fights by submission
  • Has not lost at Bantamweight
  • 5 first round finishes, namely Wesley Hawkey, Don Wilken and Pierre Botha, 7 finishes out of 7 fights
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