Vuyisile Colossa is one of the top Muay Thai fighters on the planet but he will be turning his attention to MMA this September to take part in ONE Fighting Championship's inaugural show. The Hong Kong based South African is still a very active Muay Thai fighter who regularly faces world class opposition. He is about to return to MMA, where he boasts a 3-1 record, after a six month absence but is still recovering from the disappointment of seeing a fight with Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr cancelled at late notice,
"I was very disappointed with the situation because fighting JWP in his home country was a great thing for my Muay Thai career and I had never fought in Australia. Training for that fight and for The Challenger has been very hard but there is no substitute for the experience that comes from world class Muay Thai training. I am already in great shape and to adjust for the up and coming fight I need only to spend time on the mat and I will be ready to go," he said.
Results from The Challenger, which is effectively season two of Contender Asia, have not been released yet because the TV series has yet to hit our screens. Colossa holds a victory over the original Contender Asia winner Yodsaenklai Fairtex and has won numerous world titles in Muay Thai. He probably has better stand up credentials than just about any active fighter in the world of MMA today,
"I think people appreciate the fact that a world class Muay Thai fighter is making a stand in MMA. I know for a fact my stand up skills are far better than any other MMA fighters out there and I am always looking for that knockout because I don't want to leave decisions in the hands of the judges," he said.
This is perhaps a thinly veiled reference to his fight with highly experienced Filipino Eduard Folayang last year when Colossa lost a controversial decision. Round three was an extremely one sided affair as Colossa chased the URCC Welterweight champion all around the cage dominating him in the stand up department. Folayang, who is probably the top fighter to emerge from the Philippines scene, managed to survive the round and was awarded the fight by all three judges courtesy of securing repeated takedowns in the opening two rounds. Many cageside spectators felt that Colossa had done enough to win the final round 10-8 and he still believes he won that fight,
"I was very suprised when they gave him the win because he only did eight takedowns in the whole fight and he didn't even control me on the ground. I was the aggressor and he was back peddling the entire fight, how can one win like that?"
Folayang's reward for defeating Colossa is a marquee fight against Ole Laursen in the main event at ONE Fighting Championship while the South African has had to settle for a place on what is admittedly a star studded undercard. Colossa has to get past Chinese Sanda champion Wang Ya Gi first but assuming he does he would relish the prospect of facing the winner of the contest between Folayang and Laursen,
"I think everyone would like to see the rematch with Folayang and I would also love to fight Laursen. Maybe we could fight for the ONE C lightweight belt? It would be a battle between two world class stand up fighters: Colossa vs Laursen, I like the sound of that."
One FC's lightweight division already looks set to be extremely competitive and Colossa will be keeping a close eye on Eddie Ng and Zorobabel Moreira Jnr who will both be in action on September 3rd. Ng's fight is of particular interest because Colossa has been based in Hong Kong for several years and Ng is being billed as the best fighter to ever emerge from his adopted home,
"I had never heard of him before because he had been living in England but since it got announced that he would be fighting for One FC a lot of people in Hong Kong have been talking about this fighter who is supposed to be the best fighter from Hong Kong. I hope I get to watch his fight because I want to see if he is as good as everyone says he is."
Mixed martial arts in Hong Kong is still a little way behind other places in South Asia such as the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore where there are numerous MMA camps and regular competitions. Colossa is currently without a full time training camp and has been forced to travel around in order to find suitable sparring partners but he has been making the most of a difficult situation,
"Since my gym closed up last month, it's been very hard to get in a routine. Luckliy I have guys like Irshaad Sayeed and Quinton Arendse at Versus gym who are both from South Africa and also Rodrigo Coporal and Andrew Wonkie at JAB MMA and Douglas Pieterse. All these guys have been very helpful with my MMA training and I would like to say thank you to them."
Colossa has won world titles in Muay Thai, kickboxing and Wu Ling Feng and with world class stand up skills and a rapidly evolving ground game many feel that is is only a matter of time until he adds MMA to the list. Audiences love to see a truly elite striker inside the cage and Colossa knows that September 3rd could be a truly defining moment for his career,
"I feel like this is the biggest fight of my life because not only will there be 12,000 people there but it is being shown on domestic TV in Singapore and will also be broadcast all over Asia so everyone in Hong Kong will be watching. It's a fantastic opportunity for me and I am looking forward to showcasing my Muay Thai skills in MMA."
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