JP   "Tinkerbell"   Kruger

Middleweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 6 - 3 - 0
  • Submission : 4 Wins - 3 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 0 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Decision : 2 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Age : 29
  • Height : 1.92 m
  • Reach : 196 cm
  • Leg Span :
  • Stance :
  • BG Discipline : Kick Boxing
  • Strengths :
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Gym : House of Tinkerbell
  • Trainer : Raymond Phillips
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
  • Submission : 40%
  • Takedowns : 30%
  • Striking : 30%

Fighters Media

SMITH BREAKS ARM AT TRAINING
FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP SMITH RETURNS AT EFC 51
BAHATI TAKES GOLD BACK TO BIRMINGHAM
ADAMANT HE'S BETTER THAN MCLELLAN
UNIVERSAL WARFARE LOOMS
'THE CURSE' RETURNS AT EFC 50!
BAHATI: I WILL FINISH HIM IN THE FIRST, JUST LIKE MCLELLAN
WIN 2 NIGHTS STAY AT SUN CITY AND HEX-SIDE TICKETS TO EFC 50!
4 NEW FIGHTERS ENTER EFC NEXT FRIDAY
ZIMBABWE’S GORIMBO FOR ENGLAND’S CUMMINS
SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
KATZ AND HAWKEY REMATCH IN BAD BLOOD
'ONE GEAR' VS. 'THE POLISH GIANT' AT EFC 49
LOCAL FAVORITE NOW FACES THE MASSIVE ENGLISHMAN
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THE BRITISH BEHEMOTH INVADES SABC 3 THIS SATURDAY
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The ‘Truck’ To Shake The LHWS
SMITH BREAKS ARM AT TRAINING
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SMITH BREAKS ARM AT TRAINING
FIGHT CARD UPDATES - EFC 51
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FIGHT CARD UPDATES
FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP SMITH RETURNS AT EFC 51
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FORMER MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMP SMITH RETURNS AT EFC 51
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EFC 49: Post-Event Press Conference
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
UNIVERSAL WARFARE LOOMS
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UNIVERSAL WARFARE LOOMS
'THE CURSE' RETURNS AT EFC 50!
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‘THE CURSE’ RETURNS AT EFC 50!
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!
BAHATI: I WILL FINISH HIM IN THE FIRST, JUST LIKE MCLELLAN
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BAHATI: I WILL FINISH HIM IN THE FIRST, JUST LIKE MCLELLAN
2 DAYS TO GO! - EFC 49
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2 DAYS TO GO!
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
3 DAYS TO GO! - EFC 49
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3 DAYS TO GO!
IT'S FIGHT WEEK - EFC 49
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK
4 DAYS TO GO
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4 DAYS TO GO
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Countdown to EFC 49: Kruger vs Bahati
4 NEW FIGHTERS ENTER EFC NEXT FRIDAY
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4 NEW FIGHTERS ENTER EFC NEXT FRIDAY
ZIMBABWE’S GORIMBO FOR ENGLAND’S CUMMINS
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ZIMBABWE’S GORIMBO FOR ENGLAND’S CUMMINS
SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
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SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
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EFC 49: Kruger vs. Bahati – Promo
KATZ AND HAWKEY REMATCH IN BAD BLOOD
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KATZ AND HAWKEY REMATCH IN BAD BLOOD
'ONE GEAR' VS. 'THE POLISH GIANT' AT EFC 49
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‘ONE GEAR’ VS. ‘THE POLISH GIANT’ AT EFC 49
LOCAL FAVORITE NOW FACES THE MASSIVE ENGLISHMAN
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LOCAL FAVORITE NOW FACES THE MASSIVE ENGLISHMAN
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‘TINKERBELL’ TIES THE KNOT
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A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED
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‘Soldierboy’ Leads The Betting Stakes
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‘STILLKNOCKS’ BACK BETTER THAN EVER
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ALL EYES ON THE ULTIMATE RIVALRY AND DREADED CURSE
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TINKERBELL INJURED, FORCED TO WITHDRAW FROM EFC 37
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‘DOUBLE D’ READY FOR HIS RETURN
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KRUGER HAS A WELCOME GIFT FOR DANIEL
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TICKETS NOW OPEN FOR A GUARANTEED SATURDAY SELL-OUT
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DOUBLE D’ IS BACK AGAINST KRUGER
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EFC Signs ‘Sodierboy’ To UFC
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Training Day
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Speechly & Allen Claim Gold
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“I Am Herculeez”
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Triple Your Cash On Fadipe KO!
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The Gospel Of MMA
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Kruger Prepares With Velasquez
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‘Tinkerbell’ Takes On Cleland
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History In The Making
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‘The President’ Debuts
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“I Don’t Like Easy”
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Henderson Calls It A Day
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‘Soldierboy’ Marches On
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It’s Game Time
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JP Kruger: EFC 28 Insider
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8 Days Out
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McLellan vs. Kruger: Countdown
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Henderson VS. Culverwell
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Tinkerbell Challenges Soldierboy
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CRUCIAL WELTERWEIGHT CLASH
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EFC AFRICA MOBILE: KRUGER ON PITBULL VS. SOLDIERBOY
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Two Worlds Collide
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Clean & Clear
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The Calm Before The Storm
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BetXchange Expects A Maphutha KO
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EFC AFRICA 22: Kruger vs Maphutha Fight Promo
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No Decisions For Maphutha
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It’s Fight Week!
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Free Fight: Jp Kruger Vs Bam Bamz
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“I’m Expecting Him To Stand With Me”
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FREE FIGHT: JP Kruger vs D. Hawkey
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Kruger Ready For Glory
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Win EFC AFRICA Merchandise Ahead Of EFC AFRICA 22
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Africa’s Greatest Warriors: Kruger VS. Maphutha
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Kruger In For The Fight Of His Life
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Tickets For EFC AFRICA 22 On Sale Now
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Ioannou Out, J. Costa Refuses To Fight Speechly
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It’s Fight Night!
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EFC AFRICA 18 Weigh-In Results
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Heavyweight Weigh-In Today
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Nu Metro To Exclusively Broadcast Ten Explosive Bouts
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1 Week To Go Until Heavyweight Championship
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Bambamz Versus Tinkerbell “Cage Time Means Nothing”
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Thrilling Bouts Precede Heavyweight Title Showdown
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EFC Africa 18 Prelim Bout Kruger vs Hawkey
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Africa’s Toughest Show Their Steel
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Champions Dominate EFC Africa 17
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Fight Night Has Arrived!
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EFC AFRICA 17 Weigh-In Results
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Nu Metro To Exclusively Broadcast Ten Explosive Bouts
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EFC AFRICA Live Weigh-In At 13:45 CAT On Thursday
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It’s Fight Week!
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1 Week Until Smith VS. Daniel, Ioannou VS. Mynhardt
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2 Weeks To Go To Efc Africa 17
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Star Studded Fight Card Finalised
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Less Than Four Weeks Until “The Epic Fight Night”
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‘Tinkerbell’ Meets ‘The GOAT’ On 23 November
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Tyron Rightford VS. JP Kruger Scraped
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Ultimate Showdown Of The Ginger Ninjas
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EFC AFRICA 16 Fight Card Complete
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Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan Injured
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Two Bouts Added To EFC AFRICA 16 Fight Card
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Tinkerbell Ready for Anything at EFC AFRICA 16

Action Shots

  • EFC – 49 – 13 May 2016
  • EFC – 32 – 07 August 2014
  • EFC – 28 – 27 March 2014
  • EFC – 22 – 15 August 2013
  • EFC – 18 – 01 March 2013
  • EFC – 17 – 23 November 2012
  • EFC – 14- 01 June 2012
  • EFC – 12 – 02 March 2012

Fight History

Pro Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Yannick Bahati
    EFC 49
    R1 Submission (Kimura)
  • Liam Cleland
    EFC 32
    Win
    R3 Decision (Split)
  • Garreth McLellan
    EFC 28
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Tumelo Maphutha
    EFC 22
    Win
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Donavin Hawkey
    EFC 18
    Win
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Wade Henderson
    EFC 17
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Mawande Vapi
    EFC 14
    Win
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Pete Motaung
    EFC 12
    Win
    R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Garreth McLellan
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Armbar)

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

Fight preparation?

I train three times a day in Muaythai, power training/crossfit and Jits.

When and why did you start MMA?

Unfortunately in SA K1 isn’t going anywhere. If you want to be someone and be successful in a combat sport, it has to be in MMA, the world’s fastest growing sport.

What ranks and titles have you held?

3x SA K1 champion. Super-Am K1 middleweight and light heavyweight champion. XKT K1 and high kick champion.

What do you consider your strengths to be?

Striking, especially kicks.

What do you enjoy about MMA?

The stand-up striking. Unlike some people, who see combat sports as brawling, I appreciate the science behind striking. I’m just a brutal scientist.

What do you do when not competing or training?

Man, just chilling and spending time with my lady.

MMA highlights:

I’ve had three amateur fights – The first I won on points. The second I won by submission in 16 seconds; the guy tried to rugby tackle me and went straight into a guillotine. The third was against Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan and he beat me by guillotine.

 

Added Detail

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Notable Fights

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JP   Kruger