Alex   "The Professor"   Cheboub

Lightweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 12 - 8 - 0
  • Submission : 5 Wins - 7 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 5 Wins - 1 Losses
  • Decision : 2 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Age : 33
  • Height : 1.71m
  • Reach :
  • Leg Span :
  • Stance :
  • BG Discipline : MMA
  • Strengths : Unorthodox and unpredictable
    Deceptively explosive
    Good off his back
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Savoy, Johannesburg
  • Gym : Godfather MMA
  • Trainer : Brad Bloch
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
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Fighters Media

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Mdoku Wants More
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EFC 37 DELIVERS THE GOODS
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LADIES TAKE CENTRE STAGE
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ALL EYES ON THE ULTIMATE RIVALRY AND DREADED CURSE
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THE PROFESSOR HAS DONE HIS RESEARCH
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TICKETS NOW OPEN FOR A GUARANTEED SATURDAY SELL-OUT
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Efc 37 Fight Card Is Erupting
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THE ANSWER FOR THE PROFESSOR
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I Must Win
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When Opportunity Knocks, Take It
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Groth finishes Cheboub
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EFC 29: Cheboub vs Groth Fight
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EFC 32 Ster-Kinekor Headliners Announced
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‘Herculeez’ Tames The ‘Lion’
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“It’s Showtime!”
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Dead Even At BetXchange.com
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Kabesa On The Rampage
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It’s Fight Week!
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Mdoku Up For A Hard Fight
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3 Weeks To EFC AFRICA 23
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Slick Skills At EFC AFRICA 23
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EFC AFRICA 20, The Doc’s Report
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Welcome To The Magic Man Era
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Costa Fires Final Warning Shot At EFC AFRICA 20 Weigh-In
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It’s One Week To Fight Night!
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Akleker Out, New Talent To Face The Professor
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EFC AFRICA 14 Weigh-in Results
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EFC AFRICA Hits 20
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Last Minute Changes To Prelim Bouts
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EFC AFRICA Overload On Fight Now TV
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1 Week To Go Until Heavyweight Championship
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Hexagon Godesses Talk Fight Night
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The Tipping Point
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EFC Africa 18 Prelim Bout Jakobi vs Cheboub
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Thrilling Bouts Precede Heavyweight Title Showdown
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Top Bouts Confirmed For Efc Africa 18
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2 Weeks To Go To Efc Africa 17
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More EFC AFRICA DVDs On Sale Now
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JP Joubert Smashes His Way to the EFC AFRICA Light Heavyweight Title
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EFC AFRICA 15 Weigh-in Results
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EFC AFRICA 15 Post-event Press Conference
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Show Your Support At EFC AFRICA 15 Weigh-in
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Win Big With EFC AFRICA And BetXchange
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EFC AFRICA 15 – Lion Ready To Pounce On Punisher
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EFC AFRICA 15 – Joubert Wants a Brawl
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EFC AFRICA 15 Fight Card Changes
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EFC AFRICA 15 – Iron Lion Sharpens His Claws
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Professor Analyses Iron Lion For EFC AFRICA 15
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Ceronio And Neveling To Meet At EFC AFRICA 15
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Three More Bouts Confirmed For EFC AFRICA 15
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All 13 Bouts to Go Ahead Tonight!
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EFC AFRICA 14 – Watch weigh-in on 31 May
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Win big with EFC AFRICA and BetXchange
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EFC AFRICA 14 this Friday!
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EFC AFRICA 14 – Live at Nu Metro!
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Costa’s Final Countdown
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Denzil Wait has Skills to Show
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EFC AFRICA 14 – The Wolf Howls in Anticipation
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EFC AFRICA 14 – Animal Attack Imminent
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EFC AFRICA 14 – Makuebo vs Le Roux
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Can Calvert make a Comeback at EFC AFRICA 14?
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EFC AFRICA Confirms 13th Bout for 1 June
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EFC AFRICA 14 Overloaded with Champs
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Soldierboy Declares war on Middleweight Contenders
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Can Tinkerbell Humble Mr Magnificent?
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The Professor’s Done his Homework for EFC AFRICA 14
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Bad Luck Cheboub
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Costa Breaks the Curse
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3 Hours of EFC AFRICA on TV Throughout Africa this Friday
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EFC AFRICA 11 – Heavyweight and Lightweight Titles Retained
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EFC AFRICA 11 Fight Night is here!
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EFC AFRICA 11 Weigh-in
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EFC AFRICA Fighters at a Nu Metro Near You
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EFC AFRICA 11 – 7 Days to go Don’t miss the Biggest and Final Fight Night of the Year
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EFC AFRICA 11 – Stars offer predictions
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Ioannou vs Cheboub Promo EFC Africa 11
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EFC AFRICA 11 – Two weeks to go!
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EFC AFRICA 11 Nu Metro tickets on sale now
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EFC AFRICA 11 – Full Fight Card Finalised
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EFC AFRICA 11 – The Professor’s Fight Formula
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EFC AFRICA 11 – 12 Fights Confirmed Plus Surprises in Store!
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EFC AFRICA 11 Plus Upcoming TV Show Episodes
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EFC AFRICA 11 – Year-end MMA Explosion
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Excitement surrounds EFC AFRICA 11
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Q and A with EFC AFRICA Commentator Sias du Plessis
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EFC AFRICA 09 Pro Predictions
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Cheboub vs Jones Fight EFC AFRICA 08
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EFC AFRICA 08 – Pushing the Boundaries of African MMA
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Meet EFC AFRICA fighters at Nu Metro cinemas on 9 April
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The EFC expose – Josh Muller
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Bentley vs Cheboub Promo EFC AFRICA 06

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Fight History

Pro Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Themba Gorimbo
    EFC 37
    Loss
    R1 Submission (D’Arce Choke)
  • Wade Groth
    EFC 29
    Loss
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • David van Schalkwyk
    EFC 27
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Kimura)
  • Khalil Akleker
    EFC 23
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Sibusiso Mdoko
    EFC 20
    Win
    R3 Decision (Majority)
  • Leon Mynhardt
    EFC 15
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Ashley Calvert
    EFC 14
    Win
    R2 Submission (Keylock)
  • Costa Ioannou
    EFC 11
    R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Mark Jones
    EFC 08
    Win
    R1 KO(Punch)
  • William Bentley
    EFC 06
    Win
    R1 Submission (Omoplata)
  • Ian Swart
    EFC 04
    Win
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Barry Duncan
    EFC 03
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Keylock)
  • Shaun O’Connell
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Adam Speechly
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Dallas Jakobi
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Brendon Katz
    Loss
    R3 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Paul de Vos
    Win
    R2 TKO (Ground & Pound)
  • Luis Mendez
    Win
    R1 Submission (Camel Clutch)
  • Andre Nel
    Win
    R1 TKO (Ground & Pound)
  • Chimmy van Winkel
    Win
    R1 TKO (Ground & Pound)
  • Mike de Bryun
    Win
    R1 TKO (Ground & Pound)

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

Fight preparation?

I’m always trying to grind away flaws in my fight game; I know Jits is my strong point but never neglect time on the mat.

When and why did you start training for fighting?

I started Watching Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan smash their way through a thousand Hong Kong Villains, what kid wouldn’t want to fight? I started martial arts at a young age and never stopped progressing from one form to another. The first martial art I took up was Judo at the age of about 7. I didn’t really like it. I wanted to do something with punches and kicks. I only really got into martial arts a few years later when I was 14. I was a boarder at St Albans College in Pretoria, where I made friends with some Korean kids who told me about a Korean diplomat living across the road from the school. He was an 8th degree Taekwondo black belt and I approached him one day and asked if he would teach me. I found I had natural ability for technical kicks and, under his instruction, I won the SA championships. Unfortunately he had to leave SA and I was never able to find the same level of Taekwondo instruction again, which led me to other martial arts such as Sanshou, Lei Tai, boxing and MMA. I wanted to be a 100-percent effective fighter, so when I discovered MMA I jumped right in. There was no amateur circuit when I started, so my first pro fight was in 2008.

Do you think traditional martial arts have valuable applications in the modern world?

We live in a very violent culture. South Africans routinely go out on the weekends to get trashed and look for fights and that just never ends well. My Taekwondo coach was very traditional and I picked up a lot of the virtues of martial arts from him, not just the skills. I’m not saying everyone should be Zen masters, but if you look at the East where they have a traditional culture of respect and integrity there’s a much lower violent crime rate. Besides self-defence, the values taught by traditional martial arts have the potential for a lot of good.

Have you been involved in any other, more mainstream, sports?

I used to play rugby. I’ve been the same height since I was 14, which was useful back then. I started out as a lock, then a prop, then a flank. I stopped rugby after a particularly vicious match. The ref was totally ignoring the other team’s indiscretions, and one guy kept stomping on my knee. Then he hit me and I lost it. I kicked him in the chest and got sent off.

What ranks and titles have you held?

SA colours for Taekwondo, Sanshou and KuoshuLeitai SA champ, TKD 1999 2nd Place, TKD COSATA Southern All African games 1999. 2000-2006 Lei Tai SA Champ. 3rd Place On Water World Lei Tai Champs in Taiwan. 1st place World Lei Tai Champs in USA. Represented SA at the Sanshou Olympic qualifiers in Beijing 2007.

Favourite technique:

The ground is where I’m most comfortable.

Where does your accent come from?

I grew up here is SA but my family had a lot of foreign friends. I spent a lot of time around Canadians and all sorts, the accents rubbed off and never left.

Where does your fighting name, ‘Professor’ come from?

The guys at EFC gave it to me, probably because I sound educated, but it fits because I’m a teacher at the moment and I have a degree in microbiology and genetics. I always wanted to be a scientist but it was hard finding work in that field in SA. When I graduated I started working at a renewable energy company that was mismanaged. I really believed in the work and stayed on at half salary for a while, but when they wanted to cut it to no salary I had to leave. It was sad but interesting. I’d still like to get into conservation and bio-diversity in future though.

Added Detail

  • Pro since 2009
  • One of the Most Experienced Athletes in EFC

 

Key Opponents

Notable Fights

  • Opponent
    Event
    Result
  • Costa Ioannou
    EFC 11
    Loss
  • Sibusiso Mdoko
    EFC 20
    Win
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  • none
Alex   Cheboub