Michiel   "The Dark Horse"   Opperman

Middleweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 13 - 10 - 0
  • 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
  • Leg Span :
  • Stance :
  • BG Discipline : Karate & K1
  • Strengths : Accurate striking
    Aggressive and Tough
    Very conditioned veteran
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Silverton, Pretoria
  • Gym : Team CIT MMA
  • Trainer : Morne Visser
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
  • Submission : 40%
  • Takedowns : 20%
  • Striking : 40%

Fighters Media

WESSELS DROPS TO MIDDLE TO FACE WINNER OF BAHATI/BUIRSKI - DALCHA TO DEFEND AGAINST OPPERMAN
EFC LIVE IN KENYA ON KWESÉ FREE SPORTS TV CHANNEL
TEAM UK OR TEAM RSA PLACE YOUR BETS WITH SUPABETS
WIN 2 NIGHTS STAY AT SUN CITY AND HEX-SIDE TICKETS TO EFC 54!
TEAM UK FACES TEAM RSA AT THE MEDIA DAY
‘DARKHORSE’ STEPS UP TO FACE ‘BLACK MAMBA’
DU PLESSIS BREAKS OPPERMAN'S KNEE
SOUTH AFRICA VS POLAND AT SUN CITY
EFC CHAMPION LIAM CLELAND RETIRES
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Bagattin Crowned King
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EFC 57: Dalcha vs Opperman – Teaser
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WHO DARES FACE DALCHA?
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“OVER TURN IT TO A NO CONTEST”
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OPPERMAN SUSPENDED, DALCHA TO DEFEND LATER IN THE YEAR
WESSELS DROPS TO MIDDLE TO FACE WINNER OF BAHATI/BUIRSKI - DALCHA TO DEFEND AGAINST OPPERMAN
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WESSELS DROPS TO MIDDLE TO FACE WINNER OF BAHATI/BUIRSKI – DALCHA TO DEFEND AGAINST OPPERMAN
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EFC 53: Post-Event Press Conference
EFC LIVE IN KENYA ON KWESÉ FREE SPORTS TV CHANNEL
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EFC LIVE IN KENYA ON KWESÉ FREE SPORTS TV CHANNEL
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: Weigh-In
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EFC 53: Team UK Open Workout Highlights
WIN 2 NIGHTS STAY AT SUN CITY AND HEX-SIDE TICKETS TO EFC 54!
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WIN 2 NIGHTS STAY AT SUN CITY AND HEX-SIDE TICKETS TO EFC 54!
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EFC 53 Media Day: Bahati vs Opperman
IT'S FIGHT WEEK! - EFC 53
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
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Countdown to EFC 53: Bahati vs Opperman
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Countdown to EFC 53 – Coming Soon
TEAM UK FACES TEAM RSA AT THE MEDIA DAY
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TEAM UK FACES TEAM RSA AT THE MEDIA DAY
TEAM UK VERSUS TEAM RSA
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TEAM UK VERSUS TEAM RSA
I'LL TAKE HIS HEAD OFF
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I’LL TAKE HIS HEAD OFF
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EFC 53: Bahati vs Opperman, UK vs RSA Promo
‘DARKHORSE’ STEPS UP TO FACE ‘BLACK MAMBA’
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‘DARKHORSE’ STEPS UP TO FACE ‘BLACK MAMBA’
DU PLESSIS BREAKS OPPERMAN'S KNEE
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DU PLESSIS BREAKS OPPERMAN’S KNEE
SOUTH AFRICA VS POLAND AT SUN CITY
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SOUTH AFRICA VS POLAND AT SUN CITY
EFC CHAMPION LIAM CLELAND RETIRES
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EFC CHAMPION LIAM CLELAND RETIRES
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COUNTDOWN TO EFC CAPE TOWN BEGINS TONIGHT!
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OPPERMAN: BAHATI SPEAKS A BIG GAME AND THAT IS WHERE IT WILL STOP
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THE ENGLISH ARE COMING
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IOKOBIDZE GOES ALL OUT AGAINST BUTHELEZI
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EFC FOREIGN INVASION CONTINUES
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A THREAT LOOMS
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PENA AND OPPERMAN FIRM FAVOURITES AHEAD OF EFC 41
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3 DAYS TO GO!
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MUTUAL SAFES SECURES EFC
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GOLD WITHIN GRASP ONCE AGAIN
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WOMEN HEADLINE STER-KINEKOR BOUTS
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5 DAYS TO GO!
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
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TEMPERS FLARE AT MEDIA DAY
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MEDIA DAY TO KICK OFF FIGHT WEEK
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8 DAYS TO GO!
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HENNINGS NEW OPPONENT: MARIO ‘MACHINE GUN’ FERREIRA
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THE CHAMP’S OPINION
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FIRST MEDIA DAY SET FOR EFC 41
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9 DAYS TO GO!
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I HOPE PENA WINS FOR 2 REASONS
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10 DAYS TO GO!
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CALVERT CONCUSSED
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DETHRONING PENA FOR ALL FIGHT FANS IS MY PLEASURE
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THE BEAUTY FROM BUDAPEST RETURNS TO FACE ‘DEMOLITION JACQUI’
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HULME ADDS KARAM TO LIST OF OVERCOME OBSTACLES
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MULUMBA STEPS IN TO FACE SEBEKO FOR INJURED NYIDE
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HENNING EXPLAINS COMMENT ABOUT CALVERT
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NAMIBIAN TO OPEN EFC 41
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A PROMISE TO END CALVERT’S CAREER
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EFC 41 COUNTDOWN PREMIERS TONIGHT
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NEVER LEAVE OUR FALLEN BEHIND
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“I WILL CELEBRATE MY BIRTHDAY WITH THE GOLD BELT”
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MUSLIM MMA ATHLETES BALANCE SPORT AND SPIRITUALITY DURING RAMADAN
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SIX DAMN FINE REASONS TO WATCH EFC 41
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3 MAJOR EVENTS IN 3 MAJOR CITIES, GET READY!
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BIG THROWS AND BIGGER TAKEDOWNS
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ACTION PACKED FIGHT EXPECTED
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Two More Fights Confirmed For Carnival City
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‘Fotn’ Bonuses Doubled & More Bonuses Awarded For Exceptional Performances
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“I Have Felt The Lowest Low And On July 11 I Will Feel The Highest High”
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Big Fights To Look Out For Ahead Of Double Title Main Event
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EFC 40 DELIVERS THE GOODS
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A CHAMPION WILL BE CROWNED
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HE IS GOING TO PLAY MY GAME
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FIGHT PLANS FOR THE FUTURE
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ALL THE BEST SOLDIERBOY ON YOUR UFC DEBUT THIS WEEKEND
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‘Herculeez’ VS. ‘The Lion’
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EFC 37’S ADAM SPEECHLY AND THE CURSE OF THE WELTERWEIGHT TITLE
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‘HERCULEEZ’ READY TO TAKE ON THE DIVISION
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EFC Signs ‘Sodierboy’ To UFC
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Kabulu Is Back
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A Clash Of Styles
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Soldierboy vs. Opperman Imminent
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Hometown Glory
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Durban Ready To Rock!
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Double Your Money On Du Plessis!
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Double Your Money On Du Plessis!
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Triple Your Cash On Fadipe KO!
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“Henry Can’t Match Adam On The Ground”
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The Will To Fight
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The Fight That Had To Happen
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The Fights We’ve All Been Waiting For
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Smith Drops To Welterweight
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‘Herculeez’ Tames The ‘Lion’
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Katz, Smith The Biggest Picks
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Pitbull Ripping At The Leash
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“It’s Showtime!”
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Dead Even At BetXchange.com
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“I’m Going To Fight My Fight”
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The Pitbull Prepares
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Opperman Breaks ‘Stillnox’s’ Jaw, Twice
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Champion VS. Champion
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EFC AFRICA 26: Fadipe KO’s Opperman

Action Shots

  • EFC – 53 – 02 September 2016
  • EFC – 41 – 11 July 2015
  • EFC – 33 – 30 August 2014
  • EFC – 29 – 01 May 2014
  • EFC – 26 – 12 December 2013
  • EFC – 25 -07 November 2013
  • EFC – 23 -12 September 2013
  • EFC – 16-09 October 2012
  • EFC – 13-13 April 2012
  • EFC – 12-02 March 2012
  • EFC – 10-01 September 2011

Fight History

Pro Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Yannick Bahati
    EFC 53
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Liam Cleland
    EFC 41
    R5 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Armand de Bruyn
    EFC 33
    Win
    R2 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Jeremy Smith
    EFC 29
    Win
    R3 Decision (Split)
  • Henry Fadipe
    EFC 26
    Loss
    R3 KO (Elbows)
  • Francois Kabulu
    EFC 25
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Split)
  • Dino Bagattin
    EFC 23
    R5 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Jadyson Costa
    EFC 16
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Martin van Staden
    EFC 13
    Win
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Dino Bagattin
    EFC 12
    Win
    R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Daniel Sinclair
    EFC 10
    Win
    R1 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Ronald Dlamini
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Kelvin Mwale
    Win
    R2 TKO (Kicks)
  • Johan van Staden
    Win
    R2 Submission (Punches)
  • Danie van Heerden
    Win
    R3 Decision (Split)
  • Malcom McCann
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • James rennie
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Armbar)
  • James Rennie
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Paul Cunningham
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Donavin Hawkey
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Ankle Lock)
  • Clinton Young
    Win
    R1 Submission (Choke)
  • Jeremy Scheepers
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Choke)
  • Weihahn Lesch
    Win
    R2 TKO (Kicks)

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

Fight preparation?

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.

MMA highlights:

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.

Added Detail

 

 

  • 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

Key Opponents

Notable Fights

  • Opponent
    Event
    Result
  • Jeremy Smith
    EFC 29
    Win
  • none
  • none
  • none
Michiel   Opperman