Martin   "The Punisher"   van Staden

Lightweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 26 - 10 - 0
  • Submission : 5 Wins - 7 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 19 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Decision : 2 Wins - 3 Losses
  • Age : 35
  • Height : 1.83 m
  • Reach : 191 cm
  • BG Discipline : MMA
  • Strengths : Convincing finisher
    Seasoned veteran with over 27 fights
    Heavy Handed with 14 TKO finishes
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Sunninghill, Johanesburg
  • Gym : Fight Fit Militia
  • Trainer : Richard Quan
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
  • Submission : 20%
  • Takedowns : 10%
  • Striking : 70%

Fighters Media

MADGE TO UFC, VACATES TITLE - VAN STADEN VS HUGHES
MAKE MONEY ON BUIRSKI & BOTHA WITH SUPABETS
EFC 56 - EACH FIGHT AS BIG AS THE NEXT
VAN STADEN DROPS TO FACE KABANDA
DECEMBER IN JHB KEEPS GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER
A STAR RISES IN SUN CITY
BETTING ON LANDMARK EVENT OPENS WITH SUPABETS
EFC 50 TICKETS SOLD OUT!
"BETTER BELIEVE I AM THE BEST"
EFC 50 TICKETS ON SALE TONIGHT!
DU PLESSIS BREAKS OPPERMAN'S KNEE
WATCH BUIRSKI VS VAN STADEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ON OVHD
ZIMBABWE VS DRC AT SUN CITY
SOUTH AFRICA VS IRELAND AT SUN CITY
SOUTH AFRICA VS ITALY AT SUN CITY
DU PLESSIS STRIKES OUT AT VAN STADEN
SOUTH AFRICA VS DRC AT SUN CITY
SOUTH AFRICA VS POLAND AT SUN CITY
'THE CURSE' RETURNS AT EFC 50!
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EFC 69 Engaged: Episode 1
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EFC 68 Dragon Energy Moment
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THIRD TIMES THE CHARM FOR ‘THE PUNISHER’
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EFC BRINGS THE STORM TO THE MOTHER CITY
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MADGE & MORE ON CAPE TOWN MAIN EVENT
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EFC 68 Engaged: Episode 1
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EFC 68: Martin Van Staden – Square -Up
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EFC 68 A Short Night
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UNDERDOGS: VAN STADEN, BRIGHT, JACOBS, MUYAMBO & MUKULU
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THE COUNTDOWN TO EFC 68 IN CAPE TOWN HAS BEGUN
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COUNTDOWN ON SABC 3
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EFC 68: Van Staden vs Mynhardt Highlights
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Countdown to EFC 68 Van Staden vs Hughes
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EFC 68 Im Just Being Honest – Martin van Staden
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EFC 68 Countdown Extended Preview
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SABC 3 FEATURES ‘THE PUNISHER’ AHEAD OF TITLE FIGHT
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Bagattin Crowned King
MADGE TO UFC, VACATES TITLE - VAN STADEN VS HUGHES
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MADGE TO UFC, VACATES TITLE – VAN STADEN VS HUGHES
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2ND EFC ATHLETE TO HEADLINE ON EUROPEAN STAGE
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EFC 60: Post-Event Press Conference
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LINO WRITES HISTORY
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EFC 60 Engaged: Ep7
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EFC 60 Engaged: Ep6
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LINO, TROSEE, READY TO WRITE HISTORY
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EFC 60 Amplified by Samsung in 360 Virtual Reality
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EFC 60: Weigh-In
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EFC 60 Engaged: Ep5
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ODDS SHIFT – LINO NOW FAVOURITE AND DOUBLE MONEY ON MYNHARDT WITH BETXCHANGE
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EFC 60 Engaged: Ep 2
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LINO AND TROSEE OPEN AS EQUAL MONEY ON BETXCHANGE.COM
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EXCITING PAST ACTION FROM DU PLESSIS, HULME, G. BUIRSKI & MNIKATHI THIS SATURDAY
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Countdown to EFC 60: Van Staden vs Mynhardt
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EFC 60 Engaged: Promo 2
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EFC 60 Engaged: Promo 1
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‘THE PUNISHER’ & ‘IRON LION TAKEOVER, THIS SATURDAY
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Van Staden & Mynhardt This Saturday on SABC 3
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EFC 60: Lino vs Trosee – Promo
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DU PLESSIS TO DOMINATE THE WEEKEND BEFORE FIGHT WEEK
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ALL EFC 57 FIGHTS AVAILABLE TO WATCH NOW
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EFC 57: Post-Event Press Conference
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EFC 57: Weigh-In
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CONFIRMED: DU PLESSIS TO FIGHT FADIPE AT CARNIVAL CITY ON MAY 13
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KICKING OFF THE YEAR IN STYLE
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FULL BETXCHANGE.COM ODDS REVEALED
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FIGHT WEEK INTERVIEWS
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EFC 57 Fight Week Interview: Martin van Staden
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THE SOUTH AFRICAN ‘ANIMAL’ WARNS HIS COUNTRYMAN’S RIVAL
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WORLD CONFLICT AT THE FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
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MAIN CARD EXCITEMENT FOR FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
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VAN STADEN TO TACKLE HOLLEY AT FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
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MYNHARDT VS VAN STADEN MOVES TO 13 MAY
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MYNHARDT VS VAN STADEN BOOSTS EXCITEMENT
WHAT A NIGHT, WHAT A YEAR
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WHAT A NIGHT, WHAT A YEAR
TEMPERS FLARE AT WEIGH-IN
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TEMPERS FLARE AT WEIGH-IN
MAKE MONEY ON BUIRSKI & BOTHA WITH SUPABETS
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MAKE MONEY ON BUIRSKI & BOTHA WITH SUPABETS
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EFC 56 Media Day: Martin Van Staden
IT'S FIGHT WEEK! - EFC 56
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
EFC 56 - EACH FIGHT AS BIG AS THE NEXT
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EFC 56 – EACH FIGHT AS BIG AS THE NEXT
VAN STADEN DROPS TO FACE KABANDA
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VAN STADEN DROPS TO FACE KABANDA
DECEMBER IN JHB KEEPS GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER
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DECEMBER IN JHB KEEPS GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER
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EFC 50: Post-Event Press Conference
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EFC 50: Weigh-In
A STAR RISES IN SUN CITY
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A STAR RISES IN SUN CITY
BETTING ON LANDMARK EVENT OPENS WITH SUPABETS
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BETTING ON LANDMARK EVENT OPENS WITH SUPABETS
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EFC 50 Media Getaway: Martin van Staden
EFC 50 TICKETS SOLD OUT!
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EFC 50 TICKETS SOLD OUT!
IT'S FIGHT WEEK! - EFC 50
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
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Countdown to EFC 50: Du Plessis vs van Staden
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Free Fight: Martin van Staden vs Jeremy Smith
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EFC 50: Du Plessis vs van Staden Press Conference
"BETTER BELIEVE I AM THE BEST"
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“BETTER BELIEVE I AM THE BEST”
EFC 50 TICKETS ON SALE TONIGHT!
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EFC 50 TICKETS ON SALE TONIGHT!
DU PLESSIS BREAKS OPPERMAN'S KNEE
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DU PLESSIS BREAKS OPPERMAN’S KNEE
WATCH BUIRSKI VS VAN STADEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ON OVHD
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WATCH BUIRSKI VS VAN STADEN FOR THE FIRST TIME ON OVHD
ZIMBABWE VS DRC AT SUN CITY
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ZIMBABWE VS DRC AT SUN CITY
SOUTH AFRICA VS IRELAND AT SUN CITY
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SOUTH AFRICA VS IRELAND AT SUN CITY
SOUTH AFRICA VS ITALY AT SUN CITY
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SOUTH AFRICA VS ITALY AT SUN CITY
DU PLESSIS STRIKES OUT AT VAN STADEN
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DU PLESSIS STRIKES OUT AT VAN STADEN
SOUTH AFRICA VS DRC AT SUN CITY
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SOUTH AFRICA VS DRC AT SUN CITY
SOUTH AFRICA VS POLAND AT SUN CITY
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SOUTH AFRICA VS POLAND AT SUN CITY
EFC 50 REVEALED
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EFC 50 REVEALED
'THE CURSE' RETURNS AT EFC 50!
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‘THE CURSE’ RETURNS AT EFC 50!
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EFC 46: Buirski and van Staden Face-Off at Media Day
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EFC 46 Countdown: Buirski vs. van Staden
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COUNTDOWN TO FINAL EVENT OF THE YEAR BEGINS TONIGHT!
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YOU TOO SMALL TO BE A G-D
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EFC 46: Straight For The Belt
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Martin van Staden ahead of EFC 46
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THE REASON G-D MADE MMA WAS SO RUGBY PLAYERS COULD HAVE ROLE MODELS TOO
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OPEN WORKOUTS THIS SATURDAY AT CIT, PRETORIA
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TROSEE VS. LINO POSTPONED TO 2016
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LIVE BROADCAST FROM FFM AT 11:00 TOMORROW
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‘THE MAJOR’ MARCHES IN AS REPLACEMENT TO FACE DU PLESSIS
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WIN WITH EFC AND SOUTHPAW
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HE IS FIGHTING A GOD
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HE’S A BIT OLD FOR THE GAME
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BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SKILL GAP
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POWER AND ELIASOV’S PERSPECTIVE
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GOING TO MAKE HIS SOUL QUIT AND HIS SPIRIT GIVE UP
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GOING TO MAKE HIS SOUL QUIT AND HIS SPIRIT GIVE UP

Action Shots

  • EFC – 68 – 31 March 2018
  • EFC – 60 – 10 JUNE 2017
  • EFC – 60 – 10 JUNE 2017

Fight History

Pro Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Gavin Hughes
    EFC 68
    R2 KO (Punch)
  • Leon Mynhardt
    EFC 60
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Christian Holley
    EFC 57
    Win
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Kaleka Kabanda
    EFC 56
    Win
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Dricus du Plessis
    EFC 50
    R3 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • David Buirski
    EFC 46
    R5 Decision (Split)
  • Ayo Daly
    EFC 38
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Jeremy Smith
    EFC 33
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Henry Fadipe
    EFC 23
    Win
    R1 Submission (Ankle Lock)
  • Adam Speechly
    EFC 19
    Loss
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Jadyson Costa
    EFC 17
    Win
    R2 KO (Punches)
  • Dino Bagattin
    EFC 15
    Win
    R3 Submission (Anaconda Choke)
  • Michiel Opperman
    EFC 13
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Nolan Swanepoel
    EFC 11
    Win
    R2 TKO (Knees & Punches)
  • Francois Kabulu
    EFC 10
    Win
    R2 TKO (Elbows)
  • Steven Momah
    EFC 09
    Win
    R1 TKO (Elbows)
  • -Leon Mynhardt
    Loss
    R5 Decision (Majority)
  • Ali Mclean
    Loss
    R1 Submission (North South Choke)
  • Ronald Dlamini
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Cecil Smith
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Leon Mynhardt
    Win
    R2 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Brian Ebersole
    Loss
    R3 Submission (Inverted Triangle Choke)
  • Brian Thomas
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Mwandi Vapi
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Henk van Wyk
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Jeremy Scheepers
    Win
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Attila Barna
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
  • Jeremy Smith
    Loss
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Jeremy Scheepers
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Dallas Jakobi
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Wade Henderson
    Win
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Mwandi Vapi
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Ronald Dlamini
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Manny da Silva
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Lucky Nochelle
    Win
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Gerhard van de Burgh
    Win
    R2 Submission (Unknown)

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

Fight preparation?

I am a full-time fighter, which means 3 to four times a day focusing on Jits, boxing and everything else an MMA athlete needs. I do a lot of conditioning which includes gym and swimming.

When and why did you start MMA?

I had my first pro fight in April 2008. I’ve always loved competition. I started with rugby but wasn’t big enough to make it, so I turned to something else I was good at – fighting. I used to get into brawls in clubs so I decided to make something constructive out of it.

What do you enjoy about MMA?

The constant evolution of the sport. MMA never gets old and you have to keep up or fall behind. I love learning new techniques and applying them in the cage.

What do you consider your strengths to be?

I see myself as an all-round freestyle fighter. I have strong ground and pound, good boxing and KO power in both arms.

What do you do when not competing or training?

Mainly relax and recover. I’ll go to the movies or hang out at beach every few weeks but that’s about it.

MMA highlights:

Fighting Brian Ebersole. He’s now in the UFC, so going 3 rounds with a guy of that calibre is one of my proudest achievements. I’ve also had a number of good KO victories, particularly against Ronald Dlamini and Brian Thomas. I am also proud of my first fight at EFC AFRICA, a win against Steven Momah at EFC 09.

Added Detail

  • Most experienced athlete in the EFC

Key Opponents

Notable Fights

  • Opponent
    Event
    Result
  • Jadyson Costa
    EFC 17
    Win
  • Jeremy Smith
    EFC 33
    Win
  • David Buirski
    EFC 46
    Loss
  • Christian Holley
    EFC 57
    Win
Martin   van Staden