Ahead of just the third instalment of HIT FC, which takes place in Zurich, Switzerland on October 15th; the HIT FC stage has rapidly become a proving ground for the future stars of European MMA.
So far, three HIT FC alumni have gone on to fight on the biggest stage in MMA and HIT FC could feature yet more future stars. We take a look at three HIT FC competitors who have gone on to make their mark after successful HIT FC appearances:
Ngannou stepped into the HIT FC cage with a 4-1 record and showcased the exact reason why he’s currently tearing through the UFC’s heavyweight division. He faced Dutch fighter EgzonSelmani, to the excitement of Swiss fight fans.
Relatively unknown at the time, HIT FC knew of his promise and now the French-Cameroonian heavy-hitter is riding a three fight, three KO win in the UFC alone. His exciting style has seen him quickly rise to main card fights and the 30-year-old has the world’s best heavyweights looking over their shoulders.
Ngannou is the type of fighter that makes you sit on the edge of your seat and had HIT FC fans doing exactly the same. The future is undoubtedly bright
At just 20-years-old, Venezuelan bantamweight, Veronica Macedo wasted no time in amassing the right record and attention to go on and fight the world’s best.
Making her pro debut in March 2016, she amassed a 5-0 professional record by July – averaging one win a month in a blazing start to her career. HIT FC matched her against Valerie Domergue, a tough opponent, where she scored a unanimous decision win in May at HIT FC II (taking her to 4-0 at the time.)
Her form earned her a late call up to the UFC in September, where she suffered a third round TKO against Ashlee Evans-Smith, but the Jiu-Jitsu brown belt will undoubtedly be back to prove that she is one of the hottest prospects in female MMA right now.
Brazilian born Buschkamp made his name throughout Europe whilst fighting out of Germany.
The 9-0, 25-year-old, is a European Nogi Champion in Jiu-Jitsu, former German Shooto Champion and 2x ‘Young Fighter of the Year’.
It was clear from the start that Buschkamp was destined to fight on the world’s biggest stage, but the Jiu-Jitsu brown belt featured on HIT FC’s first ever event against the ever-tough RasulKhataev.
Buschkamp, however, earned yet another submission victory with a first round rear-naked choke before earning a call to the UFC where he was due to meet Alex Enlund. His opponent, however, dislocated his shoulder leaving Buschkamp awaiting a new opponent on a future card.
All eyes will now be on Zurich for HIT FC III where European stars of tomorrow will be making their name. Tickets are available via HIT-FC.com or by clicking here.