Don Madge signs with the UFC

Don 'Magic Man' Madge

Don Madge winning the EFC Lightweight Title. Courtesy - EFC Worldwide/Anton Geyser

JOHANNESBURG – In news that has set the South African combat sports community alight, EFC lightweight champion Don Madge (7-3-1) has signed a contract with the Las Vegas-based promotion and global MMA leader the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Madge was recently hired as the sparring partner for legendary UFC women’s featherweight champion Christiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino, assisting in her victorious title defence over Holly Holm at UFC 219 in December.

While there, UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby had shown interest in the EFC Champ and on Tuesday offered him a contract with the promotion. Madge posted the news on his Instagram account:


eNCA last spoke to Madge in 2016 in an episode of The Clinch in which he said “The UFC is every MMA fighter&39;s goal, it’s the pinnacle of the sport. It’s like the Premier League and it feels like it’s just around the corner, it feels like I’m right there. I think that I’m ready for the step-up in competition.”

Madge has relinquished his EFC title, which will now be contested between his teammate and fellow South African MMA legend, Martin van Staden (19-9), and the number one contender who was originally slated to face Madge, England’s undefeated Gavin Hughes (9-0), at EFC 68 in Cape Town on 31 March.