Torbjorn Madsen (5-1) lost to Mzwandile Hlongwa (4-0) in South Africa at EFC 75. The Bergen Grappling fighter was KO’d with a kick to the head. “I knew it was a dangerous fight going in, especially in the opening minutes.” comments Madsen following the bout.
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Thanks to everyone asking about my health! I'm very disappointed, but physically ok. I've been thoroughly checked/scanned at the hospital, without finding any red flags. I knew it was a dangerous fight going in, especially in the opening minutes. I made a mistake, and I paid for it. Dearly. I'll never regret taking this chance though. I have rolled the dice 10 times now, in amateur and professional MMA, and for the first time the outcome was not in my favour. MMA is about personal growth to me, and I believe a loss presents another opportunity for such growth. I refuse to make excuses for this loss. I felt fine before the fight, but I made a mistake, and got caught. These things happen. I don't believe in luck, or "lucky punches". My opponent threw the punch. It landed. That's not lucky, that's just fighting. Congratulations to Mzwandile Hlongwa. The KO was spectacular, I would have been similarly happy as you were if I was on the other side of it. Nothing but respect. This is not the end, and I'm grateful for the support of everyone in my defeat. A plumber, teacher, or nurse doesn't have hundreds of people supporting them after a bad day at work. I do. I consider being able to do what I do a privelige. I'm eternally grateful for everyone's well-wishes. I'm no stranger to failure. I'll take this loss on the chin, head held high. There are worse things in life than losing a fight. This isn't that hard, this is just life. Much love to everyone ❤ -Torbjørn @bergengrappling @bergenmma @pfa_sa @efcworldwide #efc75 #mma #bjj #nogi #boxing #kickboxing #muay #thai #wrestling #submission #ground #pound #win #victory #fitness #submission #tko #ko #kicks #punch #fighting #grappling #norway #bergen #capetown #scandinavian #undefeated #viking #ad @fatmoosebrand @bergenbarberstue @battlereadyfm
Hlongwa is yet to taste defeat as a pro, now winning all 4 of his pro bouts within the distance. The South Africa native has fought in EFC for all of his career to date. The fight was to determine who takes a step closer to a shot at the EFC middleweight title.
Madsen was in South Africa studying for his degree and found time to compete under the EFC banner while over there. He last fought at EFC 68 where he dominated Bruno Mukulu to take home a TKO victory. He extended his record to 5 wins and 0 losses, and all with finishes with that win. This was the first loss of his career. ” I have rolled the dice 10 times now, in amateur and professional MMA, and for the first time the outcome was not in my favour.”