Eliasov vs Penco takes top spot on fight card
Johannesburg, South Africa – 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 It is now official - Allen has withdrawn from the bout to be replaced by the highly dangerous Brazilian, Paul ‘Bananada’ Silva.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 …


[Cape Town, South Africa] A few days ago, a video of man doing a boxing combo on the heavy bag emerged on social media (Facebook to be exact). In this video, you can see the man in a very unusual stance and hand movement that looks just as dodgy. This video had the Boxing community up in arms and blasting the man (who was identified as a trainer and "head coach") for teaching his students this type of technique. Some even went as far as saying that personal trainers tend to milk their clients by showing them "Basic Boxing Techniques" as a fitness routine and doing it wrong themselves.

"The reason why the Boxing and MMA guys are making such a huge fuss about this is because there are too many fake, self proclaimed Boxing, BJJ and MMA experts out there that are teaching people incorrectly", says Justin Smith, MMA practitioner and host of Fighters Corner
"People need to understand to that these okes (referring to qualified boxing and MMA coaches) have b…


[Cape Town, South Africa] 2017 has brought us the most anticipated rematch in EFC history. The build up to this fight included a reality show ,The Fighter,where we saw nothing but pure contempt between two champions,  Irshaad Sayed and Demarte Pena.

All this came to an end on 16 December 2017, when Pena successfully defended his title in a convincing manner and set the record straight. He is the KING of the bantamweight division and ( I can say this with all confidence) the EFC's Pound 4 Pound best fighter of all times.

At the EFC 66 press conference Pena announced that he will be taking some time off and was not sure what he will be doing next or when he will be back. Late in December he announced the opening of his new gym, Ultimate MMA Fitness, along with friend and team mate, Themba Gorimbo.

On 4 January 2018 at 20:41, Pena made an announcement that shocked many people and left everyone wondering. He posted to twitter that he wants JP Buys to fight Sayed or the "French gu…


[Cape Town, South Africa] Last weekend (2nd & 3rd December), Cape Town played host the UAEJJF(United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu Federation) International Pro Competition held at Reddam House, Constantia. This event is part of the world rankings, so each performance was important in its own right. The event was open to all nationalities, all belts, kids, juveniles, adults and masters. We saw fighters from Angola, France, UK and of course, South Africa.
The Saturday was allocated to the kids and females, and the top 3 in each weight group received Bronze, Silver and Gold medals respectively. Sunday was filled with “all men” divisions, which included an absolute and a master’s division. The matches were hotly contested from the word go but as in every competitive event, things did not go without some drama. Fady Saad and Walter dos Santos from Angola (and also the same gym) were both disqualified in their first matches against each other due to them not wanting to engage in any submission


[Cape Town, South Africa] If you don't know the name Dricus du Plessis, my question to you is, where have you been the past few years? At just 23 years old, du Plessis has already accomplished so much in his MMA career.  He is currently the Middleweight and Welterweight Champion of the EFC and is now looking to add a third title to his collection after accepting a fight at Polish MMA Promotion, KSW. Du Plessis made his EFC debut at EFC 21 against Tshikanga Makuebo at the young age of 19, who he defeated via TKO in the very first round. On his debut, he was sporting an impressive K1/Kickboxing record of 30 wins and 0 losses with 27 of those wins coming as a result of a KO/TKO. He was also the WAKO K1 champion at the time. du Plessis is currently in Poland on a fight camp in preparation for his fight against Borys Mankowski. Mankowski is the man who is standing between du Plessis and a third world championship. If du Plessis is able to beat Mankowski, he will be the first 2 promotion …


Demands a fair fight
Pretoria, South Africa – Ahead of the bantamweight unification bout and the biggest rematch in EFC history, Irshaad Sayed has taken to social media to express his concern about opponent Demarte Pena.
The last time the two champions fought the decision was ultimately ruled a no-contest due to Pena testing positive for banned substances. It was also found that it was due to no fault of Pena’s, but due to contaminated supplements he was taking.
The rivalry between the two athletes has been manifesting over years and it reached a high this morning when Irshaad Sayed announced that he wants to see a clean test from Pena, before their Saturday 16 December bout.
Whether either of the athletes are scheduled for testing prior to the bout, or not is unconfirmed. Based on previous instances, it is most likely that testing throughout the entire fight card will be thorough. South African Institute of Drug Free Sports (SAIDS) conducts all testing independently of EFC.
This bout, hea…


The COUNTDOWN has begun!
Pretoria, South AfricaOn Saturday December 16 at Time Square, Pretoria, the biggest rematch in EFC history is set to take place, the EFC heavyweight championship will be contested. In addition to these mega-bouts, the search for the ultimate contender will be complete. 

Undefeated reigning bantamweight champion Demarte Pena, and interim bantamweight champion Irshaad Sayed are once again putting everything on the line. The heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl has found a new challenger in the form of USA’s Jared Vanderaa. Plus, in the finale of ‘The Fighter’ reality TV show, the two remaining undefeated contenders will be going head-to-head for the ultimate prize. A six figure EFC contract and a shot at middleweight gold. 

On the same night and in a waging welterweight war, Brazil’s Jose Da Rocha returns in his hunt for title vengeance, as he faces the raw power of DRC’s Pupanga Tresor. And opening the main card is the official No.1 bantamweight contender fight b…