Cage fighter lives in two worlds

2011-08-20 00:00

MIXED martial arts is what drives Durban-based fighter Dallas Jakobi and gets him through the day. He’s aiming for his first welterweight title on September 1, and the 29-year old is brimming with confidence.

The Witness caught up with Jakobi, who was doing his rounds as a medical rep, to get some insight into the sport and lifestyle associated with MMA.

“I’m going to win my first welterweight title, not fight for it,” he said, adding that the upcoming bout is the highlight if his career so far.

“I love MMA, it’s what drives me 24/7 and gets me through the day.

“While I’m out there in the business world I know that each day will end with me wearing a pair of MMA gloves and shorts, working all my frustrations out on the bags, pads and training partners.

“The two worlds I inhabit couldn’t be more different, but I’m addicted to competing and you’re going to see a lot of me while I defend the EFC Africa welterweight title well into the future.”

Having started MMA at the age of 21, Jakobi’s diet has since consisted of protein and carbohydrates — no fats or oils and fruits as snacks.

“I train four hours a day, it really does consume most of my life.

Jakobi spends his time sweating under the watchful gaze of coach Rhyne Hassan at the Gorgeous Boyz Hardcore MMA club in Berea.

Known as much for the gaudy style of some of its members as it is for producing top-class fighters, GBH is the only club Jakobi wants to know.

“At GBH it’s each to their own; we have guys wearing the bling and living the hip-hop lifestyle, and we have guys like me who aren’t into any of that. We’re true to ourselves and united by our love for MMA and respect for our coach. Rhyne is phenomenal because he’s diverse and he’s not afraid to experiment. I don’t think his brain ever switches off or kicks out of MMA mode.”

EFC Africa 10 offers the continent’s leading MMA action across 13 tantalising bouts. Two title fights, South Africa’s best welterweights and new blood joining the ranks combine to make EFC Africa’s 10th event an unforgettable milestone in African MMA.

For the evening’s main event Jakobi will challenge current EFC Africa welterweight champion Adam “The Prodigy” Speechly for his title.

Jakobi recently made the cut from middleweight to welterweight, and with a string of explosive victories in a heavier weight division he is guaranteed to give Speechly the fight of his life.

However, Speechly has already proven that he is the country’s No. 1-ranked welterweight for a very good reason: as soon as he gets within grappling range he is able to force a submission from even the hardiest opponent.

EFC Africa 10 takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on September 1. Doors open at 5 pm, first fight commences at 6 pm and main card fights begin at 7.30 pm. Tickets for the live event are on sale at Computicket at www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas are on sale at www.numetro.co.za.

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