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FIGHTERS CORNER: THE LAUNCH OF A NEW SHOW

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[Cape Town, South Africa] MMA Fundi has slowly but surely made their name known in the MMA media scene. From covering small Cape Town based events, to covering EFC World Wide when they are at Grand West, Grand Arena. MMA Fundi in partnership with Snapsport Media and  Stephen Bryan Photography, decided to get together and launch a brand new show called Fighters Corner.

Fighters Corner, as the name suggests, focuses on the fighter and their story. Here each and every fighter, regardless of code or gender, get the platform to tell their story. In the very first episode, shot in Blouberg at the luxurious self catering apartment owned by Hein Labuschagne and Hansie Botes, A703 The Bay, we had our very first guest. None other then Faeez "Troublemaker" Jacobs. Faeez who was fresh of a very successful fight against Oumpie Sebeko, rocked up looking very smart in his gold formal blazer. This gold blazer made me realize, that this young man is destined for gold. He has been in EFC for on…

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENT: KAMBA VS OPENSHAW

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DRC’s Mark Kamba versus South Africa’s Quaid Openshaw added to EFC 66
Pretoria, South Africa – The final EFC event of 2017 is all but fully scheduled, with the addition of the middleweight bout between DRC’s Mark Kamba and South Africa’s Quaid Openshaw to the prelim card.
Openshaw lives and trains in Pretoria out FitPit Gym. He will be fighting in that city for the first time - setting up a momentous homecoming. On his last outing he showed his herculean KO power and accuracy with his finish over a highly touted newcomer.  
Kamba hails from the DRC, but lives in the coastal city of Cape Town. He trains out of Top Primate. A formidable warrior he brings an aggressive fight, favouring big right hands and left hooks.
Both men are renowned for guns blazing performances, setting up a bruising bout on December 16.
This fight takes place on the prelim card ahead of the five fight main card headlined by bantamweight unification fight and TF1 Finale.
EFC 66 Pena vs Sayed 2, TF1 Finale, is presente…

SURGERY FOR BRUNING

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Medical costs covered thanks to Constantia Insurance
Johannesburg, South Africa – At the recent EFC 65 event South Africa’s Deon Bruning faced England’s Gavin Hughes in an official number one contender fight.
After arguably winning the majority of the first round, Bruning suffered a torn MCL and broke his hand near the end. He went on to fight the remaining two rounds severely injured with a visible difference to his. He ultimately lost the bout via decision.
He has recently been admitted to Hermanus Mediclinic for surgery to his knee. Bruning posted the following on social media prior to the operation:
“I am not beating myself up over my loss at @EFCworldwide#EFC65. I fought 3 rounds with a torn MCL, damage to my meniscus and a broken hand. Surgery tomorrow morning to repair the knee and then back in the ring as soon as possible!”
“Thanks to Constantia for providing EFC athletes the best medical care possible,” stated EFC President Cairo Howarth. He added, “We wish Deon a speedy recover…

AUSTIN REPLIES TO STATEMENT BY REF AFTER EFC 65 LOSS

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[Cape Town, South Africa] Everybody that watched the main title fight from EFC 65 this passed Saturday will know that the fight ended in a rather controversial fashion. For those of you who are not familiar with what transpired, let me inform you.

During round 1, Stuart Austin was dominating Champion Dalcha by tagging him with punches and landing a few nice combos. Austin got a successful take down that dropped Dalcha flat on his back. With 10 seconds left in the round referee Ferdinand Basson allowed the round to end even after Austin was landing a few heavy hammer fists to the head of Dalcha. At the end of round 1, Austin and some of the fans were clearly surprised as there was a feel of uncertainty as to why Basson allowed the round to end and not stopped the fight when Dalcha seemed to be out of it and not defending himself intelligently .

Round 2 began and Dalcha seemed like a changed man. He came in guns blazing, dominated the round and Austin from the word go. This time around,…

CONTROVERSIAL DECISION: REFEREE BASSON RELEASES STATEMENT

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It's not always that referee's have to explain why they made a decision, the way they did but since there was a title on the line, referee Ferdi Basson thought he'd make his views clear of what transpired at EFC 65 this weekend.

Dalcha vs Austin referee on the decision behind the controversial call
Johannesburg, South Africa – Saturday night’s EFC 65 main event between EFC light heavyweight champion ‘Champion’ Dalcha Lungiumbula and challenger Stuart Austin ended in one of the biggest comeback victories of all time, but also in controversy.
Referee Ferdi Basson called a stop to the bout in the second round, ruling Dalcha the winner by TKO, but many insist that he could just as easily have stopped the fight in the first, in that instance ruling Austin the winner by TKO.
A host of commentators, including Austin, aired their thoughts on his decision and criticised him for the call. Via Facebook on Sunday morning, Ferdi Basson formally released a statement. Read it here:
“Last n…

OUMPIE SEBEKO: LET'S SEE IF HE CAN SWIM WITH THE BIG SHARKS

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"Let's see if he can swim with the big sharks" Sebeko said in an interview with MMA Fundi.
[Cape Town, South Africa] It's no secret that the Mother City's, Faeez Jacobs, is certainly one of the rising stars on the MMA circuit. After making his pro debut only seven months ago, Jacobs has managed to stun the crowd with his TKO victories and steal their hearts with his charisma. Even after loosing his last fight to Nerick Simoes, Jacobs still received great respect from the fans and fighters alike because of the heart shown during the bout.

"I took this fight because I wanted to end this year with a KO before heading off into the holiday season" Jacobs said about his upcoming fight against Sebeko.
Oumpie Sebeko on the other hand, is no stranger to the hex. He's been part of the EFC since 2014 and has faced off against some of the biggest names in the bantamweight division. One of his most notable fights was against the interim bantamweight champion, Irsha…

A SHOT AT REDEMPTION

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Themba Gorimbo (ZIM) vs Jose da Rocha (BRA)
added to massive end of year fight card
With Da Rocha making his EFC debut earlier this year against Dricus du Plessis, he is expected to make his third appearance in the hex come December 16. This time against FFM's, Themba Gorimbo. Though Da Rocha failed to make his mark against the Welterweight (and now Middleweight) champion, he was redeemed at #EFC63 when he put Pritchard away in the very first round. Now, he has another chance to move up the ranks when he faces Gorimba. Will Gorimba allow it? That's another story.
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Pretoria, South Africa – This year’s final event has been amplified with the addition of Zimbabwe’s Themba Gorimbo taking on Brazil’s Jose da Rocha. Both are former title contenders, both are hunting for championship vengeance, and for both their path to redemption leads inevitably to their clash.

At EFC 59 Da Rocha first entered the Hexagon in some of the hardest circumstances imaginable. He took on a cha…