Welcome to a new series here on LiverKick.com, Kickboxers in MMA. The purpose of the series is to profile kickboxers or Muay Thai fighters that dabble into the MMA world, whether it be mixed in with competing in the realm of stand up fighting or permanently. Our first fighter profile will be on Vuyisile Colossa, fresh off a win at One Fighting Championship today.
Vuyisile Colossa is from South Africa, where he started his career. Colossa racked up wins on the South African scene before moving to Hong Kong, where he currently calls home. Since the move to Hong Kong, Colossa has fought all over Asia, stepping over the top rope in China, Thailand and Korea. Colossa has faced Yodsanklai Fairtex four times, going the distance each time, including one win, albeit controversial. Naruepol Fairtex, Armen Petrosyan and Dmitry Valent are among other names that Colossa has shared the ring with.
Colossa first tested the MMA waters in May of 2010, where he submitted John Vargas with a rear naked choke (video). Submitting an opponent in your first MMA fight is very uncharacteristic of a kickboxer just entering the sport. His opponent came to grapple and ended up getting submitted. Not too shabby for an MMA debut. Next up was Alex Niu, who succumbed to Colossa's fists at Martial Combat 7 in Singapore. Colossa found himself in trouble, caught in an early armbar attempt but battled out of it and finished the job in the second round. Colossa's next fight would be against Eduard Folayang, the biggest MMA star in Filipino MMA. Folayang took Colossa down many times but when the fight was on the feet, Colossa owned it. Folayang walked away with the decision, but many were talking about the South African fighter.
Fast forward a bit less than a year later with one more win under his belt, and we're at One Fighting Championship's inaugural event. Colossa is up against a Chinese Sanda fighter, Xing Yu Ma. It was apparent from the get-go that Colossa was the far superior striker, brutalizing the Chinese fighter on the feet. The knockout came just 49 seconds into the first round. There should be no doubt now that Colossa is one of the best strikers in MMA.
Video from ironforgesiron.com
Colossa's stand up fighting experience is very apparent when he steps in the cage, especially in Muay Thai. Knees and elbows are fired off as opponents find themselves clinched up, making them think twice about trying to grapple. From range, Colossa throws crisp punches in bunches to batter opponents. This is where he often finishes fights.
As far as being a top fighter in MMA, it probably won't happen for Colossa. His grappling skills simply aren't good enough to become a true force and training in Hong Kong isn't the ideal place to fix that. What we can expect though if he continues fighting MMA are some more great displays of striking. It's not often in MMA that high levels of striking such as that of Colossa's are seen. A drop to featherweight would most likely benefit him as well.
So what's next for Mr. Colossa? Well, he'll be taking place in the Thai Fight -70kg tournament on September 25 in Bangkok. He'll take on Nishiwaka Tomoyuki of Japan in the opening round. As for MMA, Colossa is signed to One Fighting Championship, so it's probably safe to say he'll fight there again sometime in the near future.