Michiel "The Dark Horse" Opperman
- Submission : 7 Wins - 6 Losses
- TKO/KO : 4 Wins - 1 Losses
- Decision : 2 Wins - 3 Losses
- Age : 32
- Height : 1.86 m
- Reach : 200 cm
- BG Discipline : Karate & K1
Aggressive and Tough
Very conditioned veteran
- From : South Africa
- Fighting out of : Silverton, Pretoria
- Gym : Team CIT MMA
- Trainer : Morne Visser
- Submission : 40%
- Takedowns : 20%
- Striking : 40%
Yannick BahatiEFC 53WinR1 KO (Punches)–
Liam ClelandEFC 41R5 Decision (Unanimous)–
Armand de BruynEFC 33WinR2 Submission (Guillotine Choke)–
Jeremy SmithEFC 29WinR3 Decision (Split)–
Henry FadipeEFC 26LossR3 KO (Elbows)–
Francois KabuluEFC 25LossR3 Decision (Split)–
Dino BagattinEFC 23R5 Decision (Unanimous)–
Jadyson CostaEFC 16R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)–
Martin van StadenEFC 13WinR1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)–
Dino BagattinEFC 12WinR2 Submission (Triangle Choke)–
Daniel SinclairEFC 10WinR1 Submission (Triangle Choke)–
Ronald Dlamini–WinR1 TKO (Punches)–
Kelvin Mwale–WinR2 TKO (Kicks)–
Johan van Staden–WinR2 Submission (Punches)–
Danie van Heerden–WinR3 Decision (Split)–
Malcom McCann–LossR1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)–
James rennie–LossR2 Submission (Armbar)–
James Rennie–LossR1 Submission (Armbar)–
Paul Cunningham–LossR2 Submission (Triangle Choke)–
Donavin Hawkey–LossR1 Submission (Ankle Lock)–
Clinton Young–WinR1 Submission (Choke)–
Jeremy Scheepers–LossR2 Submission (Choke)–
Weihahn Lesch–WinR2 TKO (Kicks)–
Twice a day. Mornings are for wrestling and Jits, evenings are stand-up and fitness. We do a lot of fitness training about a month before a fight so that we can break through our fitness barriers and then maintain that level for competition.
When and why did you start MMA?
I started MMA about two years back. K1 was dying off and I was struggling to get fights so I crossed over to a new style.
What do you enjoy about MMA?
You can do everything! I really wrestling and clinch work, but the greatest thing about MMA is that anyone can win from any position at any time.
What do you consider your strengths to be?
Striking, although I have come to really enjoy wrestling.
What do you do when not competing or training?
I’m a chiropractor. No time for anything else besides work and MMA.
Early on in my career I beat the well-respected Wiehahn Lesch, and I also won the Last Man Standing 8 man MMA contest in May 2011.
- Won title by submitting 3rd dan BJJ black belt Jadyson Costa
- Won multiple FOTN bonuses
- Strong camp, said to be the most solid campaigner in the gym