EFC 11 Fight Feedback - Don 'Magic Man' Madge
21 Nov 2011
At EFC AFRICA 11 on 10 November, Cape Town’s Don Madge made his professional MMA debut and took home an impressive win against Joburg’s Wade Groth. Madge’s mastery of the clinch allowed him to score a technical knockout with knee strikes at 2:56 into the first round. Already a world leader in Muay Thai, the 21 year old member of African Top Team is an extremely exciting lightweight prospect.
How was your first EFC AFRICA experience and first pro MMA bout?
The experience was unreal. I have fought at big events and venues before, but there is nothing like fighting on that sort of scale in front of friends and family. I am truly honoured to be a part of EFC and I am looking forward to the next one. As far as my first MMA bout, it went perfectly to plan; we had a game plan, I stuck to it and managed to stop Wade without any injuries or complaints. I am really pleased with my performance on the whole.
What did you think of your opponent, Wade Groth? Were you satisfied with your performance and the way the fight ended?
He is a great fighter and a true warrior, as his name suggests. I knew he was an aggressive fighter and that he would probably come out guns blazing, which he did. I take my hat off to him for wanting to stand and trade with me, much respect. I just kept my cool at all times during the fight and did what I always do; grind away until it was over. I am very happy with the way I performed considering the amount of nerves I had fighting on such a huge platform and it being my 1st fight in 11 months, but after a few punches were thrown I settled down and just executed the game plan.
How did you celebrate your win? I believe it was your birthday as well? And what have you been up to since?
I ATE, lol. I had to cut a bit of weight for this fight and stuck to a mad diet for 6 weeks, so needless to say I enjoyed every moment of pigging out. I had a big party for my 21st, things were crazy, but it is so important to blow off some steam after a hard training camp otherwise you will break down mentally and physically. Since the fight I have been relaxing with my friends, family and my girlfriend; it’s nice to have all this free time when you aren’t in fight cycle. I have also been back teaching at my gym here in Cape Town – Phoenix Muay Thai & MMA. My students are the best people in the world and give me more than enough reasons to train and fight harder every day. To be honest, I’m getting bored with all this relaxing and I’m looking forward to getting back into training, I know the guys at African Top Team are ready to get the ball rolling again, and so am I.
What’s next? When do you want to fight again and what do you think of the challenges that remain in the division?
Next, I’m going to get back in the gym and work on all the areas in my game that have room for improvement. I’m ready to get started for the next one, and I would love to fight at EFC 13 here in my back garden, Cape Town. The lightweight division has so many great fighters and I would be honoured to fight any one of them, but I’m not the matchmaker, I’m just a fighter, so I’ll wait and see who the EFC and my team tell me to fight and sign on the dotted line.
What are your plans over the festive season, inside and outside the gym?
Nothing big planned for the holidays, I’m going to be training right through, but I do look forward to spending Christmas with my family. I’m also quite keen to spend a considerable amount of time on the beach here in beautiful Cape Town.
Anyone you’d like to thank or mention?
As always, I would like to thank the EFC AFRICA for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of something huge, my team – African Top Team, Bad Boy MMA, my students at Phoenix Muay Thai & MMA, everyone who supported me for my fight and my mother, for being awesome.