EFC Fight Night 1 Preview: A New Spotlight For Talent

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 10: (L-R) Christine Wolmarans from South Africa and Paulwetu Namba from South Africa in action during EFC 81 Fight Night at Times Square on August 10, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)

Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) is Africa’s leading MMA promotion and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The promotion’s roster has world-class athletes from around the world, with several of their fighters coming from other continents. The EFC also serves as the home promotion for the best fighters within the African continent.

In addition to providing a place for fighters to prove themselves, the promotion has also had some notable alumni make their mark in other promotions around the world, such as current UFC standouts Dricus du Plessis and Manon Fiorot.

This past month, the EFC celebrated 12 years of existence by having their monthly event in EFC 89 and, ahead of EFC 90, the promotion is taking strides and creating more opportunities. The EFC 90 event is set to take place on November 6th but, prior to that, fans will be treated to the promotion’s first ever Fight Night event.

EFC Vice-President, Graeme Cartmell, has put together an excellent card to show off what the EFC is all about, and the event happens this weekend. Below is the full breakdown of the preliminary and main card bouts ahead.

The Prelims Rundown

To kick off the event, Robert “9mm” Swanepoel heads up to welterweight for a bout against a 2-1-0 record HP van Staden, in an effort to pick up his first victory in the EFC.

Next up, the DRC’s Rodrique “The Trigger” Kena looks to get back to winning ways in his lightweight fight against the relentless “Diamond of Simonstown” Chris Dove in what promises to be an intriguing fight.

The featherweight division will see a debut performance from Emmanuel Sita who will be going up against Shannon van Tonder, who might just be looking to begin his championship hunt at this Fight Night.

The feature prelim bout will be a heavyweight clash between Juan “Assassin” Bezuidenhout and Vandam Mbuyi . Between Bezuidenhout’s K-1 background and Mbuyi’s Judo, this fight is promising of hard-hitting and a definite finish.

Main Card Breakdown

To open up the main card, Rocky “Commanda Man” Ilunga will take on Adrian “Rayo” Sanchez in a lightweight bout. Whilst Ilunga looks to continue build up his family legacy in the world of MMA alongside his brother, Alain Ilunga, Sanchez will focus on perfecting the simple art of MMA to get the victory and spoil the party. Both fighters currently posses a 3-1-0 record, and will certainly be looking to get the victory as up-and-comers in this prime spot.

To follow that up, Wade “El Torito” Kerspuy will take on the formidable Julio “Shady” Plaatjies in what promises to be a nail-biter at flyweight. Plaatjies, although only having one pro fight in his record (which he won via rear-naked Choke), he has a wealth of experience in the amateur circuit. Kerspuy, on the other hand, could be considered somewhat of a submission specialist as both his victories have come by way of submission in the opening round.

An intriguing match-up follows as Ziko Makengele takes on Brazil’s Jailson de Sousa Rodrigues at welterweight. Rodrigues, although only having one pro victory (by way of submission), he is well-versed in BJJ and possesses MMA coaching experience, thus giving him a different viewpoint. Makengele will certainly get a great fight out of Rodrigues with his Judo background, which has seen him develop a record of 2-0-0 (both wins by way of KO/TKO). The stakes are high as the winner of this bout will certainly draw attention from fellow fighters, as well as the matchmakers.

The penultimate match will see Pupanga Tresor take on Kaleka “Block” Kabanda at middleweight, and this will be the pair’s second meeting. Their first encounter was in September of 2016 at the EFC 53 event and, following a hard-fought three rounds, Tresor managed to secure the unanimous decision victory. Tresor brings his kickboxing background, as well as his experience with karate, kung fu, and K-1 up against Kabanda’s MMA, which is built up by excellent wresting and boxing in this explosive fight.

Both fighters are looking to prove themselves at this Fight Night and, with 5 years having passed since their last encounter, they will surely be looking to study and better prepare for Tresor vs. Kabanda 2.

The Women Headline

To end off the night, the EFC is having a women’s bantamweight fight top the card. Shana “Titanium” Power will go up against Christine “The Edge” Wolmarans, and this match promises to be filled with surprises.

Power has been inactive since December 2016 and is certainly looking to make her return memorable. Wolmarans, on the other hand, has had fights more recently, with her last fight being in August of 2019.

Wolmarans has a 3rd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and this translates well in the hexagon with her dangerously accurate striking. Power has an MMA background and this allows her to be well-rounded in submissions, takedowns, and striking. Both fighters love a challenge, as well as a fight that pushes them, and this will create room for an absolute gruesome fight for viewers’ pleasure.

EFC Fight Night 1 will be on Saturday, October 9th. The preliminary card is set to start at 2pm CAT (8am ET), with the main card following from 5pm CAT (11am ET).