FRACTURED JAW & NOSE FOR ELIASOV
EFC 67 saw rising stars make their mark, a champion crowned and legacies cemented, but what often comes with success, is a cost. Combat sports commonly see an expanse of injuries and MMA is no exception. The bouts at EFC 67 resulted in a number of injuries ranging from fractured jaws to lacerations and fortunately Constantia Insurance was once again there to assist. The leaders in personal medical insurance, provide cover to all EFC athletes competing inside the Hexagon, and at EFC 67, it was very necessary.
Three athletes were admitted to hospital post event for checkups, Gordon Roodman, Serge Kasanda and Danella Eliasov.
Eliasov suffered a fractured jaw in the first round from Penco’s laser-like punches. She underwent a successful surgery late last week at the Netcare Rosebank Hospital. “I am out of hospital and recovering at home now,” stated Eliasov.
Gordon Roodman and Serge Kasanda were admitted to hospital on the night for injuries sustained in the Hexagon. Roodman for scans for an unintentional blow to the groin and Kasanda for stitches from a cut on his forehead. Both men are recovering without any serious affects.
“As always, a massive thank you to Constantia Insurance for consistently providing cover to our athletes and allowing them to receive first-class medical treatment,” stated EFC President, Cairo Howarth. “Athlete safety is our first priority, and Constantia enables us to carry out this mission every time. Wishing Danella a speedy post surgery recovery.”
MMA superstar Anderson Silva hopeful of UFC return
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Anderson Silva remains hopeful of returning to the Octagon.
The Brazilian Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) superstar was suppose to fight Kelvin Gastelum on November 25, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Gastelum.
But it was announced that Silva would be pulled from the bout due to failing USADA drug test on October 26. It was later revealed that Silva tested positive of Methyltestosterone, a synthetic anabolic steroid, and diuretic on a sample collected.
The 42-year-old was handed a provisional suspension by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Silva’s medical team is working with USADA to figure out what happened.
“I’m happy with everything that I’ve conquered,” Silva told Globo Esporte (via Bloody Elbow).
“Nothing is forever. I still have my UFC contract and I’m very happy with it. Only time will tell what’s next.
“I’m feeling well, I train everyday, I’m a healthy guy. Waiting is all there is to it. I’m still alive in the division and there may be a chance to fight for the title again.”
The São Paulo-born fighter held the longest title streak in UFC history, which ended in 2013 after 2,457 days, with 16 consecutive wins and 10 title defenses.
UFC President: McGregor to return to Octagon in August/September
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has stated that Conor McGregor is likely to return to the Octagon in
UFC lightweight champion McGregor, 29, has not fought in the Octagon
since November 2016 when he defeated American Eddie Alvarez to win his
McGregor then made his professional boxing debut last August, losing
to American boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a 10th round TKO.
“Hopefully we’ll see him back in either August or September,” White
told BBC (transcription courtesy of MMA Weekly’s Damon Martin).
“Well we’ve got to see how things play out in that [lightweight]
division. A lot of things are going to happen in the next several
months in the 155-pound division.
"Coming up is going to be Tony Ferguson versus Khabib [Nurmagomedov]
and the winner of that is who I would like to see Conor fight next.”
According to MMA Mania, White confirmed earlier this month that
McGregor’s UFC lightweight championship will be stripped the second
one punch is thrown between interim king Tony Ferguson and undefeated
contender Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223 on the 7th of April 2018 in
New York, U.S.A.
It will be the second time McGregor has been stripped of a UFC title
after seeing his featherweight strap taken away in November, 2016.
Mayweather eyes lucrative UFC deal as mixed martial artist
Former boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather looks set to come out of retirement to compete as a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
The American sports legend defeated Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion Conor McGregor in a boxing match last year and appears ready to follow that up with an MMA bout.
Mayweather confirmed to TMZ Sports that he plans to start training with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley soon.
“I’m gonna start soon. We’ve been texting back and forth. We talked a couple times, so we gonna start working out real soon,” he said.
“I can wrestle. My wrestling game is not that bad. On a scale from one to 10, it’s probably a seven. And I think we can take it up to a nine if possible.
“Of course, my hand game, on a scale of one to 10, is 100. My kicking game, on a scale from one to 10, is probably a four.”
The 41-year-old is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history and he retired from professional boxing undefeated.
Phillip ‘CM Punk’ Brooks returning to UFC
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star Philip Brooks is set to return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Brocks, who is better known by the ring name CM Punk, has vowed to make up for his loss against fellow American Mickey Gall according to TMZ Sports.
Brooks was clapping back at trolls on Twitter when he broke the news ... responding to someone who asked, "When are we gonna see you cry again in the octagon?"
The 39-year-old responded by saying: "June nine, after I win and lock eyes with my beautiful wife, embrace my coaches and shout out my entire team."
June 9 is UFC 225 in Chicago, U.S.A which is Brooks' hometown. But for now, there's no word on who his opponent will be.
The former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion hasn't fought since UFC 203 back in September 2016.
He lost via rear naked choke at 2:14 of the first round on his UFC and MMA debut.
While most fight fans think Holloway will lobby for a rematch with current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and score the biggest payday of his career, “Blessed” is looking in another direction. Instead of “Notorious,” Holloway would rather test his skills against undefeated Russian title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov and see if he’s one of the very best fighters on the plnet.
“You know, everybody keep talking about me and a guy too. That Irish man [Conor McGregor],” Holloway said in a recenter interview with Mike Finch of Cage Fanatic.
“Everybody want to see us run that back, everybody seems to not be talking about Khabib [Nurmagomedov]. I want Khabib. You know, to be the best you got to beat the best and one of those guys is Khabib. A lot of guys draw Tony [Ferguson]’s name. I remember Tony saying that he wanted to come down to 145-pounds, but they all can stay up there. Stay at 155-pounds, no excuses, let me come up and let me fight. I’m a big boy and we can go up. And 170-pounds ain’t so far after that.
BEASTY BARBIE’ CROWNED STRAWWEIGHT QUEEN
Johannesburg, South Africa – History was written tonight, when Italy’s Chiara ‘Beasty Barbie’ Penco defeated South Africa’s Dr. Danella Eliasov, to take the inaugural EFC women’s strawweight title. In the co-main event, featherweight champion Igeu Kabesa cemented his legacy with a second round TKO of Brazil’s Paulo Silva, in a non-title match.
The inaugural women’s strawweight bout between South Africa’s Danella Eliasov and Italy’s Chiara Penco began at a blistering pace. Eliasov stormed the Italian but was quickly getting beaten back by powerful, crisp boxing. Penco established dominance in the first, and kept it, firing powerful punches that kept Eliasov pinned down.
Eliasov began the second hunting for a takedown and a change of pace, and succeeded quickly, dropping the fight to the canvas. Penco proved to be skilled there also, threatening with an armbar, before the fight was stood up by referee Bloch.
The third revealed Eliasov’s traditional strength – unbelievable toughness. Penco began to visibly fade while Eliasov remained her juggernaut self, beginning to push the striking pace and capitalizing by taking Penco down, and dominating her with ground and pound. Penco showed true grit to survive the round.
Penco seemed battered and gone going into the fourth, but dug deep and suddenly stunned Eliasov with a triangle, which morphed into an armbar, and had the African MMA legend Eliasov tapping to the pressure.
Commentator Dirk Steenekamp called it a war of attrition, and so it was – a brutal and satisfying battle, revealing a true champion in Italy’s 22-year-old Chiara Penco.
Expect the unexpected, was the watchword when EFC featherweight champion Igeu Kabesa faced late replacement, Brazilian Paulo Silva. Silva is a 34-fight veteran, a BJJ black belt, and a heavier, unknown entity. Kabesa took on the challenge without batting an eye, and battled the bigger man in the clinch for the first round and a half.
A forced separation by referee Bobby Karagiannidis set up a flurry of strikes from both, and a lighting fast, weaving, spinning back elbow that rocked the Brazilian, and dropped him to end the fight by TKO.
Kabesa took on a fearsome challenge, and although it was not a title fight, has added significantly to his legend. At only 24, the featherweight champion’s future looks brilliantly bright. Who is next for the wrestler turned KO King?
The bout between South African Warren Allison and the Netherlands’ Renier de Ridder was touted as a clash of grappling titans, but did not deliver. De Ridder took Allison down with absolute ease, smoothly set up an armbar, transitioned to a rear-naked choke, and finished the South African early in the first round.
Many were puzzled. Is De Ridder that good, or did Allison simply freeze? De Ridder is now in poll position to challenge for the title.
War horse Gordon Roodman stepped out against ‘TF1 - The Fighter’ alumni Khulekani Hlongwa, and the two went at it in what was shaping up to be an unforgettable war. An unintentional groin strike ended the fight early, however - an official no contest after Roodman was injured in the first round.
The evening’s main card began as if with a bomb blast. The highly anticipated matchup between South Africa’s Bokang Masunyane and England’s Coner Hignett exploded with aerial action. Masunyane advanced with his trademark barrage of aerial takedowns - this time, however, met by granite defense and Hignett answering with strikes.
Masunyane’s attack was slowed, but not stopped, and Hignett soon got taken to the canvas. Masunyane began his brutal top control game, smothering Hignet throughout the first two rounds. In the third Masunyane attempted a striking attack, but quickly felt the superiority of the Englishman, and reverted to his ground dominance, grinding out an enthralling decision win.
Performance bonuses were awarded to Rodrique Kena, Serge Kasanda, Igeu Kabesa, Danella Eliasov & Chiara Penco. Fight of the Night was awarded to the featherweight fight between Steven Goncalves and Trezegeut Kanyinda.
The official EFC 67 results are:
TC Khusu defeated Roevan De Beer via unanimous decision.
Quinton Rossouw defeated Kulekhani Hlongwa via submission (Triangle) 1:47 into round 1.
Devon Cronje defeated Amisi Kabeya via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3:33 into round 1.
Steven Goncalves defeated Trezegeut Kanyinda via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 1:55 into round 1.
Gunther Kalunda defeated Pietie Coxen via submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 4:42 into round 1.
Bokang Masunyane defeated Coner Hignett via unanimous decision.
The bout between Gordon Roodman Kulekani Hlongwa was called a No Contest due to an unintentional groin strike.
Renier De Ridder defeated Warren Allison via submission (Rear-Naked Choke), 2:00 into round 1.
Featherweight champion Igeu Kabesa defeated Paulo Silva via TKO (strikes) 3:21 into round 2.
Chiara Penco defeated Danella Eliasov via submission (Triangle Choke) 1:35 into round four.
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I WILL FIGHT UNTIL THE END
The EFC women’s strawweight division took the penultimate step to crowning its first champion, when contenders Dr. Danella Eliasov (South Africa) and Chiara Penco (Italy) stepped onto the scale today, ahead of tomorrow night’s EFC 67 event, live at Carnival City, JHB.
Eliasov and ‘Beasty Barbie’ Penco faced-off for the final time before they collide in the Hexagon. For only the second time in the organisation’s history, a women’s championship fight will headline a card.
“I have been waiting a long time for this,” said Eliasov. “It’s a massive moment for SA women’s MMA, it’s a massive opportunity.”
“I feel good and can’t wait for tomorrow night,” said Penco, relishing her first outing to compete outside of Italy. “I will fight until the end!”
In the co-main event, featherweight champion Igeu Kabesa takes on the dangerous Brazilian Paulo Silva, at a heavier lightweight. Kabesa was his typical animated and athletic self while Silva, who weighed-in a staggering 3kg’s over, hurled insults during their face-off
“I’m happy to be here,” said Silva, making his EFC debut tomorrow night. “I am going to beat the champion, and it will be easy.”
“He chose the wrong guy,” replied Kabesa, full of his trademark ‘smiley’ grin. “A change of opponent doesn’t change anything.”
The Netherlands’ undefeated Reinier de Ridder makes his EFC debut tomorrow. A renowned Brazilian Jiu Jitsu specialist, he towered over his opponent, Bloemfontein’s Warren Allison, in their face-off. Allison is no slouch on the ground, with most of his victories coming from submission.
Known as one of the most violent men in the organisation, Gordon Roodman faces former TF1 contestant and undefeated Mzwandile Hlongwa. While neither have been outwardly aggressive, fans can expect big action tomorrow.
Set to open the main card with lightning fast action, fan favourite, Bokang Masunyane will be hunting his fifth straight win, this time against England’s Coner Hignett. The two flyweights have been at each other’s throats with promises of an early finish since the fight was announced. Facing off, the enmity was intensified, with Masunyane openly goading the Englishman.
Paulo Siva and TC Khusu did not make weight, and will take financial penalties.
The official EFC 67 weights are:
Fight 1: Lightweight
Serge Kasanda 69.10kg
Rodrqiue Kena 70.00kg
Fight 2: Catchweight
Roevan De Beer 58.20kg
TC Khusu 59.70kg
Fight 3: Light Heavyweight
Quinton Rossouw 91.80kg
Khulekani Hlongwa 85.00kg
Fight 4: Featherweight
Amisi Kabeya 65.80kg
Devon Cronje 66.00kg
Fight 5: Featherweight
Trezegeut Kanyinda 65.95kg
Steven Goncalves 65.90kg
Fight 6: Welterweight
Gunther Kalunda 76.10kg
Pietie Coxen 76.60kg
Fight 7: Flyweight
Coner Hignett 56.90kg
Bokang Masunyane 56.95kg
Fight 8: Middleweight
Gordon Roodman 82.90kg
Mzwandile Hlongwa 83.90kg
Warren Allison 83.60kg
Reinier De Ridder 84.00kg
Fight 10: Lightweight
Paulo Silva 72.9kg
Igeu Kabesa 69.30kg
Fight 11: Women’s Strawweight Title
Chiara Penco 52.00kg
Danella Eliasov 51.90kg
Couture: How Miocic can become 2nd man to defeat UFC champ Cormier
Former Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier will look to end Stipe Miocic’s record-breaking run in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight division later this year.
The two experienced Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters will fight in the main event of UFC 226 on July 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
Miocic has defended this title three times - holding the record for most consecutive title defenses in the history of the UFC heavyweight division.
The 35-year-old American will face Cormier, who is the current UFC light heavyweight champion and he’s considered by many to be one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time.
MMA legend Randy Couture, who is a former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, spoke to MMANytt (transcribed by MMANews.com), about how Miocic can become only the second man to defeat Cormier (38).
“Obviously, I think Daniel started in the heavyweight division, he’s a big guy, he’s got a great wrestling pedigree and he’s facing arguably the best heavyweight out there right now in Stipe Miocic,” Couture said.
“It’s going to be an interesting, technical fight. I think if Daniel can find a way to make Stipe Miocic wrestle him as much as possible during the course of that fight, it’s going to be a good night for him.
“If Stipe uses his range and striking IQ to keep Daniel off of him, it could be a good night for Stipe. It’s one of those fights, toss a coin, who’s going to win. I’m a wrestler, so I tend to feel like that wrestling pedigree is going to work well for Daniel. But Stipe’s one of the toughest guys out there. He’s a great fighter,” the 54-year-old added.
If Cormier defeats Miocic at UFC 226, he will become only the second fighter to be champion in two divisions simultaneously after Irish MMA star Conor McGregor.
McGregor won the UFC lightweight title at UFC 205 when he was also the reigning UFC featherweight champion.
SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON LADIES ON WOMEN’S MONTH
The inaugural EFC women’s strawweight title fight between South Africa’s Danella Eliasov and Italy’s undefeated Chiara Penco headlines this Saturday nights EFC 67 live from Carnival City, JHB.
Causing a shift at the top of the fight card and placing the ladies in the main event, Boyd Allen official withdrew from his fight against Igeu Kabesa and has been replaced by Brazil’s highly experienced Paulo Silva.
In a fitting location and time, signaling the start of a new era in MMA, Dr Danella Eliasov and Chiara “Beasty Barbie” Penco recently appeared for a photoshoot above the Johannesburg skyline.
“It has been a long journey,” stated Eliasov. “From begging EFC for a fight and now we are headlining. It is a dream come true.” She concluded, “Now to put on a show!”
Notably, BetXchange.com opened odds this week and placed Dr. Eliasov as the favorite ahead of their strawweight championship fight.
Eliasov vs Penco is only the second women’s title fight in history to headline an EFC event. Amanda Lino defeated Jacqualine Trosee last year at EFC 60 for the EFC women’s flyweight championship to become the first ever women’s champion.
The official EFC 67 weigh-in takes place on Friday at 14:00, live from the Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City, Johannesburg
This fight headlines a stacked first EFC event of 2018, which also features a lightweight fight between featherweight champ Igeu Kabesa and the dangerous Brazilian, Paulo Silva. The main card also features Netherland’s undefeated Reinier De Ridder versus Warren Allison, Gordon Roodman versus TF1 contestant Mzwandile Hlongwa and undefeated Bokang Masunyane versus England’s Coner Hignett.
Why Vick is backing Nurmagomedov to beat Ferguson for UFC title
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender James Vick has explained why he thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov will defeat Tony Ferguson at UFC 223.
The two mixed martial artists will headline UFC 223 which is scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Interium UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) will fight for the undisputed title with Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) expected to be stripped of the belt.
“I think Khabib wins. I think that Ferguson’s too content with being on his back. He’s going to get taken down, obviously. Khabib can take down pretty much anyone in the division,”
wins,” Vick told MMAjunkie Radio.
“Guys can get up, but Tony Ferguson will accept being on his back and throwing elbows and playing rubber guard,” he said.
“And he’s not going to win like that. Unless he just likes land a big elbow and cuts Khabib from the bottom or something, I don’t see him being able to win a fight off his back.
“He gets too content with staying on his back instead of trying to get the hell up.”
Vick (13-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) defeated Francisco Trinaldo (22-5 MMA, 12-5 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 126 on Sunday.
White: McGregor not keen to defend his UFC lightweight title
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White has officially confirmed that Conor McGregor will be stripped of his lightweight title before Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov throw down at UFC 223.
The 29-year-old Irishman has not set foot inside the Octagon since his historic UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez.
As a result, McGregor become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two titles simultaneously.
"That's exactly right: As soon as one punch is thrown, it's on for the full title and it's only fair," White told Lance Pugmire of the LA Times.
"They've both worked their way up to No. 1 and No. 2. They deserve a shot,” he added.
The UFC boss went on reveal that McGregor wants to have the accolade of being lightweight champion without defending the title.
"Conor does want the belt, he does want to be the champion, but he doesn't want to defend it," he disclosed.
"I'd love to see him fight the winner of Ferguson-Khabib next."
McGregor recently stated he will soon make his return to UFC as he still loves competing in the mixed martial arts competition.
Allen replaced by Silva at EFC 67
Last week it was revealed that former champion Boyd Allen had notified EFC about an illness which may force him to pull from the fight against champion Igeu Kabesa. It is now official - Allen has withdrawn from the bout to be replaced by the highly dangerous Brazilian, Paul ‘Bananada’ Silva.
Taking place at the heavier lightweight Igeu Kabesa is no stranger to fighting there. With victories over the likes of Ireland’s Peter Queally, South Africa’s Barend Nienaber and Zimbabwe’s Regis Muyambo all at lightweight. But Silva offers a challenge unlike any Kabesa has faced before.
Phenomenally experienced with a professional MMA record of 22-12, he is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu blackbelt and a multiple MMA champion. Silva is the real deal.
Originally from Rio de Janerio, he has fought out of Team Noguira under the famous Noguira brothers for most of his career. He recently moved to South Africa to take on a coaching and athlete position at Fighting Sports Centre with Brendon Katz, where he was first approached as a potential replacement for Allen.
Silva accepted without hesitation, “It will take heart, guts, and skill to win this fight. I have all of these, so I have no problem stepping up at short notice. This is just the entry into EFC that I hoping for.”
Kabesa had no comment on the opponent and fight change. Because the fight will take place at the heavier weight category, the EFC featherweight belt will not be on the line. As the co-main event, the bout will be fought over three rounds.
Cyborg wants to fight Nunes after defending UFC title
Cris 'Cyborg' Justino is hoping to face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes.
This after Cyborg successfully defended her UFC featherweight title against Yana Kunitskaya, who lost via technical knockout at UFC 222 on Saturday.
Nunes is the reigning UFC Women's Bantamweight champion having won the title at UFC 200 where she defeated American Miesha Tate.
“I am waiting for Amanda now,” Cyborg said of her fellow Brazilian on The Guardian.
“She called me out, and I want to fight her. I just want to remind everyone that she called me out, and when you call out Cyborg, Cyborg will answer.”
Dana White, who is the UFC president, agreed that Nunes is the logical next step for Cyborg.
“The fight to make is her and Nunes,” White said.
“She wants the fight, Nunes wants the fight, I want the fight, and I’m sure the fans want the fight.”
Cyborg won her featherweight belt at UFC 214 where he defeated American Tonya Evinger.
Struve: Ex-heavyweight champion Lesnar doesn’t belong in UFC
Dutch mixed martial artist Stefan Struve has insisted that Brock Lesnar does not belong in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
This is after recent reports indicated that Lesnar, who is a former UFC heavyweight champion, is likely to return to the mixed martial arts organisation.
Struve slammed Lesnar, who defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 last July, but he failed multiple drug tests and he was suspended by the U.S Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
“No (he shouldn’t fight again); he doesn’t belong here in my opinion,” Struve told MMAjunkie.
“He got caught, and just look at that guy. He’s a physical specimen, but it doesn’t make sense.
"The way they brought him in with the exemption for him not having to do the testing for the four months when he came back – that’s ridiculous," the UFC heavyweight fighter continued.
"You bring someone back, a guy who looks like him, and he doesn’t have to get tested, and then fights? Mark Hunt, he’s in the right. Of course he’s upset with that.”
Lesnar is the current World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) universal champion. His contract with the professional wrestling organisation is said to be coming to an end and he is reportedly eager to return to UFC.
The 40-year-old still has more than six months to serve on his USADA suspension.
White: Ageing Liddell should forget about UFC comeback
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White says Chuck Liddell will not fight Tito Ortiz inside the Octagon
The two veteran mixed martial artists have been lobbying for a UFC fight for weeks according to TMZ Sports.
White stated that it is because he cares too much about Liddell, who will turn 49 later this year.
"No, I couldn't do that fight," Dana told TMZ Sports earlier this week.
"I love Chuck Liddell. I love him. And as a friend, I don't think he should fight."
White was told about Liddell's claim that he could be cleared by UFC doctors.
But White insisted that the former UFC light heavyweight champion's age is a red flag.
"Chuck's almost 50 years old ... 50-year-old's shouldn't be fighting," he added.
After losing three consecutive UFC fights by knockout, Liddell decided to end his fighting career in 2010.
COUNTDOWN TO EFC 67 HAS BEGUN!
Fight season is here and it all goes down live from Carnival City, Johannesburg in just 10 days… The countdown to EFC 67 has begun!
On Saturday March 10, former teammates, turned rivals, are set to collide as EFC featherweight champion Igeu Kabesa and former champion Boyd Allen go head-to-head in what has rightfully been billed as the biggest fight in the EFC featherweight history.
Joining them on the main stage is a momentous match-up for the inaugural womens’ strawweight championship. South Africa's Danella Eliasov and Italy's undefeated Chiara Penco are set to clash for the ultimate prize.
South Africa’s Warren Allison puts Netherland’s Reinier de Ridder to the test, Gordon Roodman takes on TF1’s contestant Mzwandile Hlongwa, plus in the spotlight and opening the main card in style, we see the highly heated bout between local favourite BK the ‘Little Giant’ Masunyane and England’s ‘Hand grenade’ Coner Hignett.
But first, 7 action packed prelim bouts, bought to you by BetXchange.com set the tone for a night of fights not to be missed!