A professional mixed martial artist and cage fighter, Danella Eliasov was the first South African woman to be signed by EFC Worldwide. Danella is also a respected psychiatrist, working at Akeso Clinic in Parktown, Johannesburg. Danella first started fighting as a hobby, doing boxing and Muay Thai as a means of keeping fit and giving her some much-needed time out while she studied medicine. In 2009, she discovered Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (also known as BJJ), and in her own words “fell in love”. She started taking training more seriously, and progressed naturally to the world of mixed martial arts, or MMA. In 2010, Eliasov started competing on the amateur circuit – the first South African woman to do so. And in 2014, she became the first South African woman to be signed by EFC Worldwide, launching her professional fighting career. 2015 saw Danella participated in the first professional women’s fight in South Africa, staged by EFC at Carnival City in Johannesburg, which she won.