MMA Star Leigh Jordaan Calls for More Recognition for Women in Sport

18-year-old Mixed Martial Arts star, Leigh Jordaan, wants things to improve for her and fellow women athletes.

The Brakpan native, who has been competing in the world of MMA for two years, has already made an impact when she came first at the 2019 South African Junior Championships and second at the senior version.

In a recent interview with, she says: “Women should have more recognition than what they are getting now.

“We should be on the same level as men.”

Jordaan is passionate to see women succeed in the sporting space and like many other female athletes, she is hoping to become a professional in her respective field one day.

“I’m satisfied with my progress for now but hopefully I’ll get into EFC (Extreme Fighting Championship) and then UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) later.”

While she hopes to fight professionally soon, she will be taking 2021 off to pursue a career out of sport.

“I will be working in the Netherlands for a year. I got a job as an au pair,” revealed the matric learner.

She then plans to come back to South Africa to continue with her MMA career as she hopes to follow the path of her favourite fighter Gezary Matuda.


Photo 1 Caption: Leigh Jordaan pictured in action. Photo: MMA SA/KWAZULU-NATAL

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