Andrew   "One Gear"   Van Zyl

Heavyweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 19 - 4 - 0
  • Submission : 5 Wins - 3 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 12 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Decision : 2 Wins - 1 Losses
  • Age : 35
  • Height : 1.89 m
  • Reach : 199 cm
  • BG Discipline : MMA
  • Strengths : Iron Jaw,
    High Level Grappler,
    Heavy Hands
  • From : Johannesburg
  • Fighting out of : Randpark Ridge
  • Gym : BJMMA
  • Trainer : Bobby Karagiannidis
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
  • Submission : 40%
  • Takedowns : 20%
  • Striking : 40%

Fighters Media

Countdown to EFC 66 Van Zyl vs Vanderaa
EFC 66 Van Zyl vs Vanderaa
Countdown to EFC 61: Van Zyl vs Mostert
EFC 61: Van Zyl vs Mostert, Dalcha vs Baudot - Promo
VAN ZYL, BUYS, MOYO AND MORE TEST CLEAN
ONE HERO RETURNS. ONE HERO IS BORN.
MOYO AND BUYS SUPABETS UNDERDOGS
FIREWORKS EXPECTED IN SUN CITY
GHOST WRITER ON THE HEAVYWEIGHTS
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE COUNTDOWN SHOOT
VAN ZYL VERSUS MOYO FOR GOLD IN SUN CITY
TEAM UK OR TEAM RSA PLACE YOUR BETS WITH SUPABETS
THE PROFESSIONAL'S PERSPECTIVE – VAN ZYL VS MUSTARD
BAHATI TAKES GOLD BACK TO BIRMINGHAM
ADAMANT HE'S BETTER THAN MCLELLAN
UNIVERSAL WARFARE LOOMS
VAN ZYL FACES THE POLISH GIANT!
WIN 2 NIGHTS STAY AT SUN CITY AND HEX-SIDE TICKETS TO EFC 50!
'ONE GEAR' VS. 'THE POLISH GIANT' AT EFC 49
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EFC 71 Highlights
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DALCHA IS THE KING OF THE WORLD
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SUPERFIGHT ON! DALCHA READY FOR VAN ZYL
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EFC 71 Weigh-In
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MASSIVE ODDS FOR ALVES ON BETXCHANGE
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EFC 71 Press Conference Highlights
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EFC 71 Fight Week Press Conference
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EFC 71 Engaged Episode 2
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SUPER SUPPORTER WINS ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE
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EFC 71 Engaged Episode 1
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EFC 71 Can Not Wait
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OPEN WORKOUT SATURDAY
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Countdown to EFC 71 Van Zyl vs Dalcha, Zulu vs BK
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10 DAYS TO #EFC71
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EFC 71 Extended Preview
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EFC 71 Knuckle-Up and Throw-Down
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EFC 71 Van Zyl vs Dalcha, Zulu vs BK – Promo
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HEAVYWEIGHT SUPER FIGHT CONFIRMED
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Van Zyl Responds to Dalcha’s Call Out
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Champion Dalcha Calls Out Van Zyl
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Bagattin Crowned King
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EFC 2017 Awards: Athlete of the Year
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EFC 2017 Awards: Fight of the Year
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VOTING OPEN FOR EFC 2017 AWARDS
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PENA / VAN ZYL UNDISPUTED AT EFC 66
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PENA, VAN ZYL & LESAR FAVOURITES
Countdown to EFC 66 Van Zyl vs Vanderaa
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Countdown to EFC 66 Van Zyl vs Vanderaa
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SAYED WANTS PENA TESTED
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10 DAYS TO THE BIGGEST REMATCH IN EFC HISTORY
EFC 66 Van Zyl vs Vanderaa
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EFC 66 Van Zyl vs Vanderaa
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HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP ADDED TO EFC 66
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ANDREW VAN ZYL LOOKING FOR A FIGHT
TF1 - The Fighter
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TF1 – The Fighter
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DURBAN LEGEND FACES UNDEFEATED WARRIOR
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EFC 61: Post-Event Press Conference
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#ANDSTILL AT THE SUPERBOWL
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SUPERBOWL READY TO RUMBLE
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EFC 61 Engaged: Episode 8
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EFC 61 Engaged: Ep 7
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EFC 61: Weigh-In
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ODDS ON SUN CITY CHAMPIONS
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SUN CITY FACE-OFFS
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EFC 61 Engaged: Ep4
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EFC 61 Engaged: Ep 5
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EFC 61 Engaged: Ep1
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THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN
Countdown to EFC 61: Van Zyl vs Mostert
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Countdown to EFC 61: Van Zyl vs Mostert
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IT DOESN’T GET BIGGER THAN THIS
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HEAVYWEIGHT TAKEOVER THIS SATURDAY AHEAD OF EFC 
SUN CITY
EFC 61: Van Zyl vs Mostert, Dalcha vs Baudot - Promo
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EFC 61: Van Zyl vs Mostert, Dalcha vs Baudot – Promo
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WHO DARES FACE DALCHA?
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MAIN CARD EXCITEMENT FOR FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
VAN ZYL, BUYS, MOYO AND MORE TEST CLEAN
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VAN ZYL, BUYS, MOYO AND MORE TEST CLEAN
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SUPACRUSH Moment of EFC 54
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EFC 54: Post-Event Press Conference
ONE HERO RETURNS. ONE HERO IS BORN.
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ONE HERO RETURNS. ONE HERO IS BORN.
MOYO AND BUYS SUPABETS UNDERDOGS
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MOYO AND BUYS SUPABETS UNDERDOGS
FIREWORKS EXPECTED IN SUN CITY
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FIREWORKS EXPECTED IN SUN CITY
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EFC 54: Weigh In
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EFC 54: Amanda Lino Media Interview
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EFC 54: Mike Vermeulen
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EFC 54: Wessel Mostert
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EFC 54: Wade Henderson
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Countdown EFC 54: Van Zyl vs Moyo
IT'S FIGHT WEEK - EFC 54
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK
GHOST WRITER ON THE HEAVYWEIGHTS
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GHOST WRITER ON THE HEAVYWEIGHTS
BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE COUNTDOWN SHOOT
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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE COUNTDOWN SHOOT
VAN ZYL VERSUS MOYO FOR GOLD IN SUN CITY
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VAN ZYL VERSUS MOYO FOR GOLD IN SUN CITY
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EFC 54: Van Zyl vs Moyo, Power vs Lino, Buys vs Mdlalose Promo
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EFC 53: Post-Event Press Conference
TWELVE SECONDS OF GLORY
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TWELVE SECONDS OF GLORY
TEAM UK OR TEAM RSA PLACE YOUR BETS WITH SUPABETS
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TEAM UK OR TEAM RSA PLACE YOUR BETS WITH SUPABETS
PRIDE ON THE LINE
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PRIDE ON THE LINE
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EFC 53 Media Day: Andrew van Zyl
IT'S FIGHT WEEK! - EFC 53
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
THE PROFESSIONAL'S PERSPECTIVE – VAN ZYL VS MUSTARD
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THE PROFESSIONAL’S PERSPECTIVE – VAN ZYL VS MUSTARD
TEAM UK VERSUS TEAM RSA
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TEAM UK VERSUS TEAM RSA
BAHATI TAKES GOLD BACK TO BIRMINGHAM
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BAHATI TAKES GOLD BACK TO BIRMINGHAM
ADAMANT HE'S BETTER THAN MCLELLAN
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ADAMANT HE’S BETTER THAN MCLELLAN
ENCA REPORTS ON EFC 49
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ENCA REPORTS ON EFC 49
UNIVERSAL WARFARE LOOMS
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UNIVERSAL WARFARE LOOMS
MAKE RANDS ON KRUGER!
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MAKE RANDS ON KRUGER!
1 DAY TO GO! - EFC 49
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1 DAY TO GO!
VAN ZYL FACES THE POLISH GIANT!
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VAN ZYL FACES THE POLISH GIANT!
WIN 2 NIGHTS STAY AT SUN CITY AND HEX-SIDE TICKETS TO EFC 50!
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WIN 2 NIGHTS STAY AT SUN CITY AND HEX-SIDE TICKETS TO EFC 50!
KILLER QUOTES - EFC 49
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KILLER QUOTES
IT'S FIGHT WEEK - EFC 49
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK
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Countdown to EFC 49: Van Zyl vs Kowalkowski
'ONE GEAR' VS. 'THE POLISH GIANT' AT EFC 49
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‘ONE GEAR’ VS. ‘THE POLISH GIANT’ AT EFC 49
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FOREIGN INVASION COMPLETE AT EFC44
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TRIPLE THREAT AT EFC 44
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HOPE TO GLORY
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Cyrus Fees and Dirk Steenekamp breakdown: Van Zyl vs. Asker
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BETXCHANGE PUTS GORIMBO EQUAL WITH MYNHARDT
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LAST MINUTE FIGHT CHANGES
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK
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MEDIA MADNESS STARTS TOMORROW
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“PUNCH THAT GINGER’S HEAD RIGHT OFF”
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HENRY CONFIDENT HE WILL BEAT THE ODDS
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EFC 44 Countdown: Van Zyl vs. Asker, Mynhardt vs. Gorimbo, Allen vs. Henry

Action Shots

  • EFC – 71 – 23 June 2018
  • EFC – 66 – 16 December 2017
  • EFC – 61 – 08 Jul 2017
  • EFC – 54 – 15 October 2016
  • EFC – 53- 02 September 2016
  • EFC – 49- 13 May 2016
  • EFC – 44- 03 October 2015
  • EFC – 39- 07 May 2015

Fight History

Pro Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Champion Dalcha
    EFC 71
    R5 Decision (Majority)
  • Jared Vanderaa
    EFC 66
    R5 Decision (Split)
  • Wessel Mostert
    EFC 61
    R3 TKO (Punches)
  • Elvis Moyo
    EFC 54
    R4 TKO (Punches)
  • Tony Mustard
    EFC 53
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Tomasz Kowalkwski
    EFC 49
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Cyril Asker
    EFC 44
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • 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
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Sors Grobbelaar
    EFC 23
    R2 TKO (Retirement)
  • Ruan Potts
    EFC 18
    R5 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Ian Visser
    EFC 16
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Mohamed Karim
    EFC 15
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Ruan Potts
    EFC 11
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Bernardo Mikixi
    EFC 09
    Win
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Raymond 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 (Punches)
  • Kobus Huishamin
    Win
    R2 Submission
  • Rhyne Hassan
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

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 ranks & titles have you held?

My record speaks for itself…

2X EFC heavyweight champion

Who are your heroes?

Dad – Carl van Zyl

Added Detail

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

Key Opponents

Notable Fights

  • Opponent
    Event
    Result
  • Bernardo Mikixi
    EFC 09
    none
  • Ruan Potts
    EFC 11
    none
  • Sors Grobbelaar
    EFC 23
    none
  • none
Andrew   Van Zyl