Fighter Bio

Words from the Athlete

“Martial arts has played a huge role in my life, helping to develop me into the person I am today. I was attracted to the mystery, powers and skills attained in mastering these ancient martial art forms. It’s a quest to always better one’s self. MMA fighters are the new gladiators, and MMA the new age arena. Many people might see fighting in the cage as gruesome, but for me, it is purely two warriors showcasing their skills. Skills that are developed over hours of training and perfected through years of development. Honour, integrity and loyalty are all characteristics that I hold in high regard – these are attributes needed in every day life, which I learned through the dedication and discipline required for this sport. I feel any individual willing to take a step forward for glory must first be humble and work hard on pushing their body and mind through boundaries perceived as impossible.

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing. — Laila Ali

I draw all my strength from God and if God is with me, who can be against me? Always remember: greatness comes from within!”

– Darren Daniel

About Darren Daniel

Admired and respected by peers and fans alike, Darren started off his fighting career at age 14. He began training in the arts of Shaolin Kung Fu.

At 17 he placed 3rd at the International Kung Fu and Wushu championships in The USA.

In 2002 Darren placed 8th at the World Wushu championships in Macau, China, fighting in the art of Sanshou. He returned a year later in the Heavyweight division to clinch 3rd place. On his home turf of South Africa, Darren has become the National Sanshou Champion in 3 different weight divisions.

Darren has spent a large portion of his training time in the East. He trained and lived in China and Thailand, and has since become a pro Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts fighter. Darren is currently fighting for Fight Fit Militia, training in BJJ, Boxing, Muay Thai and Vale Tudo.

Darren has fought in over 20 pro Muay Thai and Sandshou fights and has a pro MMA record of 6 – 2.

Ranks and Titles Held

Selected to fight in The Arsenals Tournament in Dubai. South African Sanshou champion in 3 different weight categories. 3rd place at 2003 Sanshou World Cup in heavyweight division at 19 years old. 8th place at 2002 World Wushu championships in Macau in Sanshou. 3rd place at International Kung Fu and Wushu championships in USA at age 17 in Sanshou. Dominant force in the EFC Middleweight division with victories at Light Heavyweight included in his record. Darren Daniel is a serious title contender for the EFC Middleweight title.


Weight Class

Middleweight (85kg)

Fighting out of
Sunninghill, Johannesburg


Richard Quan

Pro MMA Record
(W-L) 6 – 2

Background Disciplines
Sanshou, Muay Thai & Jiu Jitsu



Darren Daniels fights out of the famous South African MMA gym Fight Fit Militia. Fight Fit Militia, better known as The FFM, is one of the top Mixed Martial Arts facilities in South Africa. With all its pro athletes competing in the EFC, the FFM has become a household name and is currently the only facility to hold 3 African titles at one time. The gym is growing from strength to strength, and all its members look up to Darren Daniel as a leader and ambassador of the sport.