Margate MMA fighter captures SA welterweight gold

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

Peter Gavin grabbed his opportunity with both hands as he became the MFC South African welterweight champion at MFC 80, which took place at the Greyville Arena in Durban on Sunday.

The well-rounded Margate mixed martial arts fighter turned to his Jiu-Jitsu in his title tilt against Sheldon Hughes and submitted his more experienced Team Undisputed foe via rear-naked choke in the first round to capture the championship.

“Winning the title is a great honour,” Gavin told eHowzit.

“My game plan was to have a good stand up game but I knew my opponent would go for the takedown, so I knew I would have to be ready for a good ground game as well.”

Peter Gavin MFC 2The 24-year-old trains at Margate-based Parabellum under Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) heavyweight Gary Smit and fine-tunes his skills at the renowned Gorgeous Boys Hardcore gym in Durban.

Sunday’s title triumph was Gavin’s fifth win and he remains unbeaten in his three-year fight career.

He said he was proud to follow in his mentor’s Smit’s footsteps, who won the promotion’s heavyweight title in May before making the leap to the EFC.

“I’m very happy to bring the belt home for GBH and Parabellum. I’m extremely happy that I have both fight clubs having my back,” he said.

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