Det är hårda matcher inne i burarna runt om i värden. Särskilt för J.P. Joubert som lyckas få ett krossat skallben under sin titelmatch mot Norman Wessels på EFC – Africa 15. Här kan ni läsa vad Joubert säger om matchen:
I had a massive adrenaline dump in round one and lost just about all my energy. He was way stronger than I’d expected and he dominated me, which is something that never happens!
In round two I started to regain my energy and strength. I kept telling myself that I was still in the fight and that there was no way I was going to give up. As soon as I started landing a couple of shots, and as soon as I saw that Norman was tired too, I felt things starting to turn in my favor. If I can compare it to anything, it was like hooking a fish; I knew I’d hooked Norman and I just had to keep swinging or he was going to get away. A fight comes down to who can take the most and who can give the most. It’s not about how you start, but how you finish.
I’m still waiting to hear the final doctor’s verdict but it looks like I have surgery to look forward to, and it’s not a small procedure. The fracture was definitely from the elbows that I took, and in my opinion elbows should be banned from MMA. I can’t train for at least 6 weeks and it’ll be a few months before my skull heals properly. Was it worth it? All I can say is MMA is in my blood, it’s the sport I chose and I want to continue.
Glömde jag tillägga att J.P. besegrade Norman trots sitt tillstånd? Joubert tycker även att man borde plocka bort armbågar ifrån MMA och möjligtvis har han en poäng. Samtidigt är armbågar en stor del av MMA enligt många och mycket har redan plockats bort.