Danie   "Pitbull"   Van Heerden

Heavyweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 15 - 8 - 0
  • Submission : 3 Wins - 4 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 11 Wins - 1 Losses
  • Decision : 1 Wins - 3 Losses
  • Age : 30
  • Height : 1.88 m
  • Reach : 192 cm
  • BG Discipline : Boxing & Wrestling
  • Strengths : Difficult to stop
    Tough and resiliant veteran
    Power puncher
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Vereeniging, Gauteng
  • Gym : Pitbull Gym
  • Trainer : Walter Wendt
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
  • Submission : 10%
  • Takedowns : 10%
  • Striking : 80%

Fighters Media

VAN HEERDEN STRIPPED OF HIS BELT AND SUSPENDED
HEAVY TALK FROM THE HEAVIES
BEING ABLE TO SPEAK AFRIKAANS ONLY IS JUST AS ONE DIMENSIONAL AS YOUR FIGHT GAME
HEAVY TALK FROM THE HEAVIES
BIGGEST STAND-UP BATTLE IN EFC HISTORY
SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
CRACKING WEIGH-IN AHEAD OF EFC CAPE TOWN
CAPE TOWN BOYS BETTING FAVOURITES AHEAD OF FRIDAY'S FIGHT
FANS WIN AT EFC 48 MEDIA DAY
EFC CAPE TOWN MEDIA DAY THIS SATURDAY
EFC CAPE TOWN MEDIA DAY THIS SATURDAY
GROENEWALD READY FOR 'WAR'
EFC CAPE TOWN
THE SERIOUS SIDE OF GROENEWALD
EFC CAPE TOWN TICKETS ON SALE NOW
SERIOUS ABOUT PROMOTING THE FIGHT
EFC 35 fight night at GrandWest on November 6, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.
EFC INTERIM TITLE CONFIRMED
TWO EXCITING BOUTS ADDED TO EFC 48
DRC'S UNDEFEATED KABANDA TAKES-ON THE CONTROVERSIAL HULME
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WHO DARES FACE DALCHA?
VAN HEERDEN STRIPPED OF HIS BELT AND SUSPENDED
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VAN HEERDEN STRIPPED OF HIS BELT AND SUSPENDED
HEAVY TALK FROM THE HEAVIES
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STATEMENT FROM EFC PRESIDENT
BEING ABLE TO SPEAK AFRIKAANS ONLY IS JUST AS ONE DIMENSIONAL AS YOUR FIGHT GAME
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BEING ABLE TO SPEAK AFRIKAANS ONLY IS JUST AS ONE DIMENSIONAL AS YOUR FIGHT GAME
HEAVY TALK FROM THE HEAVIES
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HEAVY TALK FROM THE HEAVIES
BIGGEST STAND-UP BATTLE IN EFC HISTORY
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BIGGEST STAND-UP BATTLE IN EFC HISTORY
SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
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SAYED & VAN HEERDEN CLAIM GOLD
CRACKING WEIGH-IN AHEAD OF EFC CAPE TOWN
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CRACKING WEIGH-IN AHEAD OF EFC CAPE TOWN
CAPE TOWN BOYS BETTING FAVOURITES AHEAD OF FRIDAY'S FIGHT
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CAPE TOWN BOYS BETTING FAVOURITES AHEAD OF FRIDAY’S FIGHT
IT'S FIGHT WEEK 48
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK
FANS WIN AT EFC 48 MEDIA DAY
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FANS WIN AT EFC 48 MEDIA DAY
EFC CAPE TOWN MEDIA DAY THIS SATURDAY
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EFC CAPE TOWN MEDIA DAY THIS SATURDAY
EFC CAPE TOWN MEDIA DAY THIS SATURDAY
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EFC CAPE TOWN MEDIA DAY THIS SATURDAY
GROENEWALD READY FOR 'WAR'
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GROENEWALD READY FOR ‘WAR’
EFC CAPE TOWN
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EFC CAPE TOWN ONE DAY EARLIER
EFC CAPE TOWN
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TAG TEAM TITLE FIGHT
THE SERIOUS SIDE OF GROENEWALD
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THE SERIOUS SIDE OF GROENEWALD
EFC CAPE TOWN TICKETS ON SALE NOW
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EFC CAPE TOWN TICKETS ON SALE NOW
THE JOVIAL GROENEWALD
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THE JOVIAL GROENEWALD
SERIOUS ABOUT PROMOTING THE FIGHT
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SERIOUS ABOUT PROMOTING THE FIGHT
EFC 35 fight night at GrandWest on November 6, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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“AFTER I BEAT DOYLE I WILL CONSIDER MYSELF THE CHAMPION” – SAYED
EFC INTERIM TITLE CONFIRMED
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EFC INTERIM TITLE CONFIRMED
EFC 35: Brendon Groenewald vs. Christophe Walravens
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A WORTHY OPPONENT
TWO EXCITING BOUTS ADDED TO EFC 48
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TWO EXCITING BOUTS ADDED TO EFC 48
DRC'S UNDEFEATED KABANDA TAKES-ON THE CONTROVERSIAL HULME
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DRC’S UNDEFEATED KABANDA TAKES-ON THE CONTROVERSIAL HULME
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DRC’S CHAMPION DOMINATES
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CRUNCH TIME AT EFC CAPE TOWN
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Van Heerden Taking A Stab At Knife
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VAN HEERDEN WILL TAKE ANY OPPORTUNITY TO GET HIS SHOT AT GOLD
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SOUTHPAW MOVIE PREMIERE HITS THE NERVE
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MIKIXI’S HAND BROKEN
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PENA AND OPPERMAN FIRM FAVOURITES AHEAD OF EFC 41
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
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MEDIA DAY TO KICK OFF FIGHT WEEK
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HULME ADDS KARAM TO LIST OF OVERCOME OBSTACLES
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EFC 41 COUNTDOWN PREMIERS TONIGHT
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3 MAJOR EVENTS IN 3 MAJOR CITIES, GET READY!
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Big Fights To Look Out For Ahead Of Double Title Main Event
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DROTSCHIE AND MAPHUTA FOR THE NUMBER ONE SPOT
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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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Pena Tips The Odds
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Pena Aiming For Greatness
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History In The Making
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“I Don’t Like Easy”
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EFC 31 Tickets On Sale Now
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Maphutha vs. van Heerden, July 03
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Henderson VS. Culverwell

Action Shots

Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Brendon Groenewald
    EFC 48
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Knife Didier
    EFC 45
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Bernardo Mikixi
    EFC 41
    Win
    R1 TKO (Retirement)
  • Ian Visser
    EFC 37
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Champion Dalcha
    EFC 35
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Tumelo Maphutha
    EFC 31
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Gideon Drotschie
    EFC 20
    R3 Submission (Keylock)
  • Jason Culverwell
    EFC 18
    Win
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Dain Neveling
    EFC 16
    Win
    R1 Submission (Punches)
  • Garreth McLellan
    EFC 14
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Donavin Hawkey
    EFC 12
    Win
    R1 Submission (Neck Crank)
  • Craig Fourie
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Michiel Opperman
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Split)
  • Craig Fourie
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Jeremy Scheepers
    Loss
    R2 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Robert Rodriguez
    Win
    R1 TKO (Ref Stoppage)
  • Jakes Els
    EFC 05
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • JP Joubert
    EFC 03
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Norman Wessels
    EFC 02
    Loss
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Muhanned Barazi
    EFC 01
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Sean Craig
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Anthony Jardine
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Brendon Dean
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)

Fighters Biography

Fight preparation?

We vary between styles with:  3 sessions a day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 2 sessions on Tuesdays and Thursday and Some cardio on Saturdays to loosen up and Sunday I rest.

When & why did you start martial arts training?

I turned pro in 2006, I fought Brendan Dean. I beat him in less than 3 minutes and I was hooked. I like training martial arts because every day I can learn something new, there is no limit to your growth.

What ranks and titles have you held?

When I was about 19 I had one amateur boxing fight. I’m sure I was winning but my dad and brother started a fight outside and I never got to hear what the result was. After that I moved to wrestling, where I got Sedibeng colours and came second at the national championship. After that I moved to pro wrestling for six months but couldn’t handle having to Loss to guys in scripted fights.

Added Detail

  • Been competing in EFC since EFC 01

Key Opponents

Notable Fights

  • Opponent
    Event
    Result
  • Tumelo Maphutha
    EFC 31
    Loss
  • Champion Dalcha
    EFC 35
    Loss
  • none
  • none
Danie   Van Heerden