Johannesburg (South Africa) – At the age of 44, after two bouts at EFC AFRICA, Calven ‘The Butcher’ Robinson has decided to hang up his gloves and retire from professional MMA competition. He will now focus on his martial arts club in Durban.
"37 years ago I competed in my first tournament, a few months ago I competed in my last," says Robinson. "It is now time to focus on giving back to an institution that has brought so much inspiration to me. While retiring from competition is a sad moment for me, it is short lived as I retire with so much passion and pride as I continue in the industry, no longer as a fighter, but as a coach, cornerman and mentor. I now know the sentiments of great coaches like Shihan Larry Vorster, Sensei Jason Vorster and Kevin Thomas, the intense and overwhelming pleasure at seeing your students thrive and excel. How can I be sad about retiring when this is what awaits me?"
Robinson tested his skills in many different forms of martial arts, finding his love in kickboxing, where he excelled and achieved his Second Dan Black Belt. During his MMA career, he competed at EFC AFRICA 7 against Ruan Potts and EFC AFRICA 13 against Bernardo Mikixi. EFC AFRICA wishes Robinson well in all future endeavours.