EFC Africa 06 took place on the 2nd of December at its usual spot in JHB, the Coca Cola Dome. With a decent turnout and 12 fights on the cards, FLUX Mag was there to cover the event and bring you the fights in more detail…
Warren Allison (PE) vs. Juan “Legacy” Lubbe (JHB) [Winner by submission – guillotine] – (Welterweight)
Warren Allison, coming from a previous loss at EFC 03 against Garreth McLelllan, took on Juan Lubbe who came from a win in this division in his last fight at EFC 04 against Remo Ralph. They started off the night with what looked like a good match up and, as soon as the two met at the centre of the ring, Allison took Lubbe down with a double-leg take down but left his neck exposed for Lubbe to sink in his right arm under Allison’s chin to put in a solid guillotine. After a futile struggle to release the hold, Allison tapped out and gave the win to Lubbe – his second win by guillotine in a row.
Steven Momah (Nigeria) [Winner by verbal submission] vs. Remo “The Destroyer” Ralph – (Welterweight)
Not much is known about Steven Momah, but with 1-0 record he was going to have his work cut out for him against an EFC veteran, Remo Ralph. Ralph who came from a loss to Dino Bagattin at EFC 05 was out to make his name good again and Momah was going to have to bring his top game to put a stop to this. Both fighters started with a good stand up exchange where they both seemed to hold their own until Ralph saw an opening to clinch up Momah and try for a takedown. As Ralph, from a standing double under-hook clinch, attempted to reverse and throw Momah to the ground he mistakenly put out his right arm as he was falling and caught his arm extended and behind his back with Momah’s weight on top of him. The fall damaged Ralph’s right shoulder immediately and he verbally tapped out and gave the win to Momah.
Riaan “Bullet Proof” Lombard (JHB) [Winner by tap out] vs. Warren Du Toit (JHB) – (Light Heavyweight)
New fighters to the EFC, Riaan Lombard took on Warren Du Toit in a Light Heavyweight battle. As the fight started Lombard came out to capitalise quickly by catching Du Toit unaware and landed a right punch in a short flurry that shook Lombard and buckled him enough to force him to rather attempt a takedown on Lombard. Lombard quickly reversed the takedown and almost had Du Toit in a rear naked choke, but Du Toit kept up his defence and Lombard settled for a half guard and eventually managed to fully mount Du Toit to lay in some heavy-handed ground and pound that forced Du Toit to tap out and give Lombard the win.
Gina “Jungle Boy” Ifuki (CPT) vs. Dallas Jakobi (DBN) [Winner by submission – armbar] – (Middleweight)
At EFC 05 Gina Ifuki’s opponent Conrad De Beer pulled out and left Ifuki to fight against a heavier JP Joubert to fill the spots. Ifuki lost his fight against Joubert and was out to prove a point to win his first fight, finally, at EFC. Dallas Jakobi’s return to winning styles were confirmed when we cleaned up in his fight against Janus De Lange at EFC 05 and he was out to do it again. Ifuki came out with a flying knee that Jakobi impressively caught midair to reverse it and landed in the half guard of Ifuki. From there Jakobi went to side guard where he put in some punches and managed to lay in some very hard knees to Ifuki’s exposed ribs. Giving up his back in an attempt to shift out of this position Ifuki ended up in a compromising position and almost got caught in a guillotine, but he managed to force the fight back up and took Jakobi down and landed in his full guard. Ifuki then dropped in with some heavy ground and pound, but Jakobi was patient enough to control Ifuki’s one elbow and forced Ifuki to the ground and into a tight armbar for the win.
Janus De Lange (JHB) vs. Paul “Terror” Terblanche (JHB) [Winner by KO] – (Middleweight)
Two of the bigger built fighters at EFC Africa, Janus De Lange and Paul Terblanche, were set to fight in a matchup that had both fighters out to get redemption from their combined losses at EFC 04 and 05, respectively. This fight only lasted eight seconds and won knockout of the night for the winner. As the two fighters met in the opening seconds, De Lange put in a kick to Terblanche’s right side but dropped his left hand exposing his chin. Terblanche quickly landed a right hook that unbalanced De Lange and then landed a huge and solid right again to knock De Lange out cold on his feet. De Lange went stiff and fell to the ground where Terblanche laid in a make-sure punch to secure him a big and fast win. De Lange was carried out on a stretcher and Terblanche secured a great win to confirm his presence in the EFC.
Ashley Calvert (JHB) vs. Donald Nzirawa (East London) [Winner by submission – kimura] – (Welterweight)
New to the EFC Africa arena, Ashley Calvert and Donald Nzirawa took each other on in a welterweight battle that made everyone sit up and take notice. Straight away the two fighters kept a wary distance and exchanged a few punches where Calvert eventually took Nzirawa down to the matt and into Nzirawa’s full guard. The two jostled as Nzirawa tried to tie up Calvert’s arms, but Calvert worked overtime to put in some good head and body punches. The two kept at this until the end of the first round with Calvert trying to lay in a massive flurry of ground and pound in an attempt to finish the fight – with no result. Into the second round Calvert managed another takedown from the cage side and landed in some ground and pound, but Nzirawa played it calmly and eventually secured Calvert’s right arm for a tight kimura that finished the fight.
Paul Kietzmann (PTA) [Winner by TKO] vs. Lance Ceronio (JHB) – (Light Heavyweight)
Another newcomer to EFC Paul Kietzmann took on Lance Ceronio in the Light Heavyweight division. At the last EFC Ceronio did not make weight and pulled out for health reasons, and again at this EFC 06 event he struggled, but the two agreed to fight anyway. As the fight started Kietzmann came out fists flying and dominated Ceronio by forcing him to defend only, leaving him with nothing to fight back. Kietzmann caught Ceronio with a couple of punches that buckled him, but it looked as if he could take a bit more and then, unfortunately, the referee made a bad call and stopped the fight too early to give the win to Kietzmann. Although Kietzmann looked like it was his fight from the start, Ceronio is a tough fighter and he probably could have taken a bit more and, you never know, if the momentum of the fight would have changed. A bad call from the referee, but a deserved win for Kietzmann none the less.
Raymond Ahana (Nigeria) vs. Andrew Van Zyl (JHB) [Winner by submission – rear naked choke] – (Heavyweight)
Nigerian Raymond Ahana, with a record of one win and zero losses, took on a big heavyweight hopeful in the form of Andrew Van Zyl, with his record of five wins and zero losses. As the two big men started the fight there were a few short exchanges of punches and then the fight quickly went into a clinch that saw the heavier Van Zyl take advantage and take Ahana down where he took Ahana’s back straight into a rear naked choke. Ahana fought back hard and escaped from the choke but gave up his back again where Van Zyl jumped on him, put in his hooks and a solid rear naked choke from which Ahana could not escape. The no-giving-up attitude of Ahana was astonishing as he would not tap out, but eventually the choke did its job and Ahana was out cold to give Van Zyl the overwhelming win.
Will “I Am” Bentley (DBN) vs. Alex Cheboub (JHB) [Winner by submission – omoplata] – (Lightweight)
William Bentley returned to the EFC cage after his loss to Costa Ioannou at EFC 05 and looked determined to take home a convincing win. Facing off against Alex Cheboub was not going to be an easy task and Cheboub vowed to show the crowds that he was also a force to be reckoned with. The two fighters started the fight with some fast-paced punches and a kick from Cheboub that just missed its mark. From there they went to ground and into a grapple session that saw both great ground fighters scrapping for position. The two fought into a standing position and went into a clinch and again kept fighting for position where they went to ground again and Bentley managed some great ground and pound. Cheboub managed to tie up Bentley and tried to pull off an armbar that Bentley tried to escape from, but the technical expertise of Cheboub was evident when he reversed the move and caught Bentley in an impressive omoplata; a great fight that won fight of the night and a well-deserved win for Cheboub.
Ian “Chucky” Swart (DBN) vs. “King” Leo Gloss (JHB) – [Declared a No Contest] (Lightweight)
Winning fight of the year in 2009, the fight between Ian Swart and Leo Gloss was sure to be a highlight of the night. These two top contenders faced off in a huge battle that would see them both push themselves to the max of their potential, but ultimately it ended in a bad way for both of them. Swart came out with some low kicks and Gloss countered with his usual punches, but Swart then managed a takedown that Gloss defended very well on the ground and the two fought to the point of standing up again. From here the two got into an exchange of punches where Gloss threw a punch that caught Swart illegally/ unintentionally below the belt and dropped him immediately. Gloss then landed a left uppercut to KO Swart. The referee stopped the fight and the judges intervened to declare the fight a No Contest due to an unintentional low blow.
Wade “G.O.A.T.” Henderson (JHB) vs. Jacques “Law & Order” Joubert (JHB) [Winner by TKO] – (Middleweight)
Entering the cage again to face off in a grudge match, Wade Henderson faced one of his first fight opponents, Jacque Joubert. These two stand-up professionals were out to keep their names as top fighters in this weight division and put on a fight that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Henderson came out blazing and had a flurry of punches for Joubert that had some of them land well and some miss because of Joubert’s great slips and ducks. Joubert was content to counter the punches and put in some well-placed knocks and a mix of low and high kicks. Henderson continued to attack Joubert, but Joubert caught Henderson with a strike that dropped him. Joubert did not want to take the fight to the matt and waited for Henderson to stand again, to the crowds’ applause. As Henderson stood up and the two went at it again, he came in aggressively and caught Joubert with a couple of punches that forced Joubert to the cage side, but again Joubert managed some great dodging when he ducked under a punch and came around with a right elbow that dropped Henderson viciously. As Henderson dropped he looked like he was shaken but had his hands up to defend and the referee made a bad call by stopping the fight prematurely, awarding the fight to Joubert. Although Joubert deserved the win, the stoppage from the referee was a bad call and the fight should have continued, even for a few seconds longer and a more convincing TKO.
Abdallah Hamdan (Lebanon) [Winner by KO] vs. Adam “The Prodigy” Speechly (JHB) – (Welterweight)
International fighter from Lebanon, Abdallah Hamdan (with a professional record of five wins and two losses) took on a huge crowd favourite from SA, Adam Speechly (with an impressive record of eleven wins and one loss). The two fighters went right at it in the opening seconds of the fight with Hamdan landing a kick to Speechly and Speechly landing a countering punch that forced the two to feel each other out and keep a fair distance from each other’s striking range. Hamdan, known for his stand up fighting, kept calm and let Speechly come in and try take him on with some good punches that saw some find their mark, but also let Hamdan counter with a few punches and kicks that shook Speechly. As the fight continued Speechly came in for another flurry of punches, but Hamdan saw them coming and put in a combo that included an inside-leg kick to Speechly’s right leg that dropped his left shoulder and put him off balance and opened him up for a left punch that dropped Speechly on his back and clearly hurt him. Hamdan then laid in two punches from above to secure the win and forced the referee to stop the fight in Hamdan’s favour. Some might argue that, again, the referee stopped the fight too early because Speechly had his legs up to defend, but if the fight had continued Speechly looked a little too shaken to really fight back from that position in a convincing way.
EFC Africa 07 will take place on the 3rd of February 2011 with the headline bout between heavyweights Rico Hattingh and Calven Robinson. Tickets are on sale now at Computicket. Go to efcafrica.com for more information.