See the EFC Africa 09 Results!
EFC Africa presents its ninth massive fight card packed with MMA talent. Fourteen fights and a host of top fighters have been confirmed for EFC Africa 09, where a number of local MMA legends, as well as promising newcomers, will give their all in the EFC AFRICA hexagon.
Norman Wessels vs. Ruan Potts (EFC Africa Heavyweight Championship)
Jeremy Smith vs. Liam Cleland (Middleweight)
Leo Gloss vs. Charlie Weyer (Featherweight)
Andrew Van Zyl vs. Bernardo Mikixi (DRC) (Heavyweight)
Daniel Strauss vs. Dewald Botes (Super Heavyweight)
Francois Kabulu (Drc) vs. Leon Mynhardt (Welterweight)
Steven Momah (Ngr) vs. Martin Van Staden (Welterweight)
Wentzel Nel vs. Manny Da Silva (Lightweight)
Ashley Calvert vs. Wade Groth (Lightweight)
Wade Henderson vs. Wiehahn Lesch (Middelweight)
Mawande Vapi vs. Michiel Opperman (Welterweight)
Tez Makuebo (Drc) vs. Tyron Rightford (Middleweight)
Raymond Ahana (Ngr) vs. Jeremy Scheepers (Light Heavyweight)
Terrence Griessel vs. Donald Nzirawa (Zim) (Lightweight)
The SA heavyweight rankings are in for a brutal shake-up when four of SA’s top five heavyweights do battle. Ruan ‘Fangzz’ Potts, with a 12 fight trail of destruction in his wake, challenges current champion and his toughest opponent to date, Norman ‘Chef’ Wessels, for the EFC Africa heavyweight title. Wessels’ 4-1 record belies his frightful stopping power, but Potts will put everything on the line to add a title as well as a win to his perfect record of 12-0.
At middleweight, old adversaries Jeremy ‘Pitbull’ Smith, a top ranked middleweight in SA, and Liam Cleland, face each other for Smith’s EFC Africa debut. Smith has a phenomenal 9-1 record and has already garnered international recognition. However, the single loss on Smith’s record was put there by Cleland, and Smith is raring to settle the score. Cleland has a record of 3-1 and will surely use all of his formidable jiu-jitsu weapons in this hugely anticipated rematch.
In the featherweight division veteran ‘King’ Leo Gloss (8-2) takes on newcomer Charlie ‘Silky Smooth’ Weyer (0-0). Weyer may be new to the competitive MMA circuit, but he holds an impressive boxing record (100 amateur fights and six professional fights; five wins and one draw. In 2008 he achieved a 19 second KO) and has been polishing his MMA game for the last year in preparation for his debut. Gloss also comes from a boxing background and has proven himself one of EFC Africa’s most dominant strikers, becoming SA’s top ranked featherweight in the process. Prepare for a stand-up clash to remember.
EFC Africa will also feature its first super heavyweight bout between Dewald Botes vs. Daniel Strauss. Both behemoths top the scales at over 140kg and with the amount of mass behind each strike a knockout is virtually guaranteed.
Former heavyweight title contender Bernardo Mikixi makes his long-awaited return to the cage against Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl. Both fighters have had six fights; Mikixi holds four wins, while van Zyl is undefeated, and both are equally eager to begin fighting towards title contention.
Wiehahn Lesch joins the EFC Africa middleweight division to take on Wade Henderson. A former world champion wrestler, Lesch now looks forward to his 27th fight where his wrestling against Henderson’s Muay Thai and jiu-jitsu will provide an interesting clash of styles.
At welterweight, Leon ‘Iron Lion’ Mynhardt re-joins EFC AFRICA, fired up to improve his 9-3 record. Facing him is DRC’s Francois ‘The Frenchman’ Kabulu (5-0). Both are top five SA welterweights with strong striking backgrounds, and a win will propel either towards a shot at the title. Also at welterweight is the clash between Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden (15-5) and Nigeria’s Steven ‘Extra Mile’ Momah (4-0). Van Staden already has a huge following in SA MMA and relishes the opportunity to win over EFC fans. However, the only way to do so is by overcoming an unbeaten Nigerian prodigy.
EFC Africa 09 takes place at the Coca-Cola Dome on 30th June. Tickets for the live event are on sale now at Computicket and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas are also on sale now. For more information visit efcafrica.com