Thabani "The Doctor" Mndebela
- Submission : 1 Wins - 1 Losses
- TKO/KO : 2 Wins - 0 Losses
- Decision : 2 Wins - 0 Losses
- Age : 34
- Height : 6.43" (1.96 m)
- Reach : 79.13" (201 cm)
- Leg Span : 45.67 (116 cm)
- Stance : Orthdox
- BG Discipline : Kyokushin Karate
High speed striking karate
Submission defence drilled
- From : South Africa
- Fighting out of : Pinetown , Durban
- Gym : Novagen
- Trainer : Badat Brothers
- Submission : 10%
- Takedowns : 10%
- Striking : 80%
Pro Fight History
Matunga DjikasaEFC 88R2 TKO (Punches)–
Nico YamdjieEFC 75WinR3 Decision (Unanimous)–
Ivan StrydomEFC 70WinR1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)–
Simon HarleEFC 64WinR2 TKO (Punches)–
Nico YamdjieEFC 60WinR3 Decision (Split)–
Ricky MisholasEFC 59LossR3 Submission (North-South Choke)–
Exhibition Fight History
When & why did you start martial arts training?
I started in year 2002 because I was bullied.
How did you transition to MMA?
I made the transition to MMA in 2017 because I wanted to compete in EFC.
What ranks & titles have you held?
I fought in Kyokushin world tournament in Japan in 2007, 2011 and 2015. I fought in Russia in 2008. I am an undisputed Kyokushin SA and All Africa heavyweight Champion since 2008. I won the Last Fighter Standing heavyweight Championship in 2016.
What does it mean for you to fight in the EFC?
This is a dream come true and the only way that I can reach out and change people’s lives through martial arts. It is a great honour indeed to be part of Africa’s toughest athletes. The doctor has arrived to consult in the cage!
JOB BEYOND MMA
I am full time medical doctor running a private surgery.
Mawashi gedan(low kicks) Mawashi Chudan (liver kicks) and Hiza Geri (knee strikes)
Covid has been crazy for me as a doctor at work. It also affected training as gyms were closed initially, limited numbers and social distancing yet we are doing a contact sport.
I admire my late father Mr Mndebela, I am where I am today because of him. We lost him on the 4th of August 2021 and laid him to rest on the 8th of August 2021. I will fight for his honor. I also admire MrT hence the haircut and beared
I am a father of 2. My Son is 6 years old and he has Autism (love him so much) daughter is 4 years old. Since my father is late I have been honored to be the head of the house. I have a pravite general medical practice that I open in 2017.