EFC 65 – Q & A with Lungiambula and Austin

EFC 65, proudly sponsored by BetXchange, is almost here! Taking place on Saturday 4 November at Carnival City, this event promises great fights and even greater prizes.

The title fight for EFC 65 is the Light Heavyweight fight between Dalcha “Champion” Lungiambula and
Stuart “He-Man” Austin. We sat down with these two mean machines and asked then a few questions in their lead up to Saturdays fight.

Dalcha “Champion”Lungiambula

Record: 7-1-0
Age: 32
Height: 1.78 m
Reach: 188 cm
Strengths: High Level Judoko
Focused in the Hexagon
Quick in the Clinch
From: DRC
Fighting out of: Cape Town, South Africa

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1. What are some of your nicknames?
The only nickname I have is ‘Champion’.

2. How did you get those/that nickname?
I got my nickname as a young boy because I was always winning Judo competitions.

3. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know about you?
Some people won’t admit or believe it but I am the true Champion.

4. When did you start MMA and what made you choose to pursue it professionally?
I started MMA in 2010, when a friend showed me what the sport was about and told me that there is potential money to be made.

5. Who are your role models in the sport of MMA?
I don’t have any.

6. If you could fight anyone, who would you say your dream opponent be and why?
I would love to fight Andrew Van Zyl. I think he would be a great challenge.

7. How do you prepare for a fight?
I try to stay focused on training because it can get hard with lifes distractions.

  • How long is your training camp?
    My training camp normally lasts 10 weeks.
  • What is your typical day like?
    I train, eat, sleep and then train, eat and sleep some more.
  • Did you change anything up keeping (Austin) in mind?
    No I didn’t change anything. I always work on all aspects of MMA.

8. How do you think Austin will approach the fight and what will you be doing to combat this?
I think Austin will be doing a lot of training while I will be busy with training.

9. As you’re walking to the cage, what’s usually going on in your mind?
As I enter the cage I think of winning and what I need to do as my fans shout my name. I feel like a Champion and I think of how I must perform like a Champion they expect me to be.

10. What advice would you give a young fighter, either someone just getting into MMA or someone thinking about getting into the sport?
Work hard and stay focused on reaching your dream. Always stay true to your dream no matter what.

11. What is your favourite EFC moment to date?
My most memorable EFC moment was when I lost to Norman “Chef” Wessels. It made me a better and stronger fighter.

Current Betting odds: 12/10 to win.

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Stuart ‘He-Man’ Austin

Record: 12-3-0
Age: 29
Height: 1.88 m
Reach: 190 cm
Strengths: Highly agile
KO power
High level Judo
From: England
Fighting out of: London, England

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1. What are some of your nicknames? Is He-Man the only one you have?
He-Man is my only nickname, soon people are gonna start to call me Champ though.

2. How did you get those/that nickname?
A pro fighter MMA called Marc Allen started calling me He-Man during training.

3. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know about you?
I enjoy watching old school classic wrestling.

4. When did you start MMA and what made you choose to pursue it professionally?
My best friend Darius, showed me some old school UFC dvds with Vitor Belfort and Chuck Liddell. As my interest in MMA slowly grew we would watch live shows late into the night screaming and shouting at the TV. As I slowly began to stop enjoying competing in Judo my interest in competing in MMA grew more and more. My intention was to compete at the highest standard and be a world champion.

5. Who are your role models in the sport of MMA?
Forrest Griffin is a role model for me.

6. If you could fight anyone, who would you say your dream opponent be and why?
Hulk Hogan, because he’s got the largest arms in the world brother!

7. How do you prepare for a fight?
My whole life is dedicated to fighting and competing, I don’t have to prepare for a fight, I am always ready.

  • How long is your training camp?
    I don’t have a training camp, I train all year round.
  • What is your typical day like?
    I normally wake up about 9:30 for breakfast, first training will be late morning at Titan Fighter and will be a very intense practice with the fight team and my head coaches. I do my strength and conditioning training in the afternoon and then have a technical training session in the evening at Fight Zone. In between these sessions I’ll do extra pad work, teach private training sessions and group classes. I usually have a protein shake and a meal between each training session.
  • Did you change anything up keeping Dalcha in mind?
    There are always tactical changes and I brought in some different training partners, but the overall camp has not changed.

8. How do you think Dalcha will approach the fight and what will you be doing to combat this?
I don’t try to predict how my opponent will fight, I just expect a 25 minute war.

9. As you’re walking to the cage, what’s usually going on in your mind?
As I walk into the cage I like to embrace the moment and enjoy the energy.

10. What advice would you give a young fighter, either someone just getting into MMA or someone thinking about getting into the sport?
Have fun, work hard and be smart. If you don’t enjoy training you probably won’t commit to it fully, whether it is MMA, BJJ, wrestling, judo, boxing or Muay Thai you will do the best at what you enjoy the most! Nothing replaces hard work in the long term, all the best fighters work their asses off. The most important thing is to be smart, you need to be intelligent about your training and honest with yourself. Sometimes hard work isn’t the answer to a problem and you must think.

11. What is your favourite EFC Moment to date?
Winning my EFC debut.

Current betting odds are 6/10 to win.

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Please note betting odds quoted are correct at time of publication and are subject to change.

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