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CFL 12 Post Fight Night Review

A spectacular night of great fights is the only way to describe CFL 12. Cape Fight League fighters have once again out done themselves. With a stacked card of 15 fights of which 7 were title fights, you can only imagine the anticipation in the air (unless of course you were there you wouldn't have to imagine).

Already in the first half of the evening, four of the fights didn't make it to the second round. This already set the pace and expectation for the rest of the night.
The first title fight for the evening was a K1 Superam Title Fight between Juan Pierre (Tricore) and Faeez Jacobs (Fighterz Inc). Now, these guys have already met twice in the ring prior to this occasion and this was the third time they would meet. What made this even more thrilling was the fact that their was a title on the line, and with Jacobs taking both previous wins, the odds were in his favour. However early in round one Pierre managed to land a devastating shot to the liver which boosted his confide…

EFC 45 Post Fight

Saturday saw another edition of EFC World Wide right here in Cape Town, as always, at the Grand Arena in Grand West. Now, before I continue, I have to say that to many there were significant upsets. Yes people, the fans were surprised at many of the outcomes. 
Usually I would break down several fights and give you the low down on what happened but this time, I'm going for the jugular. 
Champion Dalcha is the real deal. Not only is he an exciting fighter to watch but he brings back the essence of cage fighting. Going for the kill! This has been missed in MMA as many fighters fight “smarter” these days as they wish to either remain undefeated or not suffer the brute punishment. Dalcha literally demolished the former Light Heavy Weight Champion, Gideon Drotschie who during the fourth round called it quits by verbally submitting. We have seen that several fighters, who previously had significant win streaks, when suffering a loss for one or other reason, struggle to get back to their us…


Get to GrandWest for the free fan event at 12:00
Cape Town, South Africa – EFC will be hosting the official EFC 45 media day outside the Market Hall, GrandWest this Saturday. Open to all members of the press for exclusive interviews and free for all fans to meet their favourite athletes ahead of next week’s EFC event in GrandWest. EFC 45 sees a mega event headlined by former light heavyweight champion Gideon ‘Juggernaut’ Drotschie taking on the DRC powerhouse Champion Dalcha, plus also in the hunt for the right to challenge for light heavyweight gold sees former heavyweight champion Ruan ‘Fangzz’ Potts face the heaviest hitter in the organisation Tumelo ‘The Truck’ Maphutha. This is the first time that former champ will be competing in Cape Town inside the EFC Hexagon in front of his hometown fans. And former heavyweight champ Brendon Groenewald goes head-to-head with the Polish giant Tomasz ‘Kredka’ Kowalkowski.
Get to the media day to see catch all the action live.
Exclusive interviews…


In a packed venue, the roaring of the crowd has already set the tone! Anxiously awaiting the fights to start, they were becoming impatient. “When is the first fight starting!?” I heard someone scream. Three fights were pulled from the card. One opponent didn’t show up at the weigh-inn, another on the night and one suffered a broken nose earlier in the week.

Shortly after this, the announcement was made that the all boxers should report to the designated area. They were ready. The fans were ready. It was go time!

Chaz Williams vs. Faradji Said As always, Boxing sets the tone for fights to follow. Six bouts which were all spectacular. The last being Chaz Williams from Pride Fighting Academy (PFA) vs. Faradji Said (Champion) from Pro Fitness for the Heavyweight title. Both fighters had a strong presence. Said, being the champion was relentless in defending his title. No stone was left unturned when attacking. Williams was, however, clearly dominating already towards the end of round one. W…

PFC 6 Promotions

So it has been set! The date is secured and so are the fights!! PFC promises to bring an exciting edge to the MMA arena. Seeing some of our brightest up and coming fighters such as Rafel Wozniak from Thaiholics, facing off against Emile Brits from Tricore for the vacant PFC Welterweight title is only one of the spectacular fights happening.

The list of incredibly talented fighters are endless! Well...I'll just show you at the end of this article.

Furthermore, this promises to be an unforgettable night. History will be made and surely it will be stenciled in the MMA history books. If you want to know what I am referring to, be sure to make your way to the Goodwood Correctional Services on Saturday the 26th of September. First fight starts at 6pm promptly!

See you there!

PFC 6 Fight Card:

Article by : Justin Smith Sponsored by : Commu Print, Lethal Edge MMA

Rules of the Hexagon - EFC Rules

EFC World Wide, is Africa’s premier Mixed Martial Arts organization. With fighters from all over the world, EFC is fast becoming a global force,reaching audiences in Africa, Europe and North America. Global viewership is estimated to be in the millions. Since the inception of the organization in November 2009, EFC now contracts over 120 of Africa’s top MMA fighters, with ten events held annually throughout South Africa.Though many people believe MMA is a barbaric, no holds barred sport, there are rules held in place, to keep fighters safe. Let’s take a look these rules.
·Butting with the head.
·Eye gouging of any kind.
·Hair pulling.
·Fish hooking (inserting your fingers in your opponent’s mouth or nostril and pulling with intent to harm your opponent).
·Groin attacks of any kind.
·Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
·Small joint manipulation (e.g. trying to break a finger or toe).
·Striking to the spine or the back of the head.

EFC 42 Post Fight Review

Cape Town welcomed EFC World Wide back to the Grand Arena, as we had some mouthwatering match ups, with international fighters ready to show their worth in the biggest MMA organisation on the African continent.
We saw the debut of Shaughn Vos and Rico Hattingh student, Armand 'Wanderlei' Scheepers as he took on the more experienced Regis Muyambo. Scheepers and Muyambo trade shots early in the round, but Scheepers lands a hard blow to the chest of Muyambo. Muyambo staggers and Scheepers follows. Regis manages a takedown, but can’t do anything, instead Scheepers reverses and locks in the triangle. Pulling tight, Muyambo struggles but can't keep the fight up anymore. Muyambo taps and it's over. The fight ends 3:22 seconds into round 1.
Then there was Kaleka Kabanda vs. Marcel Teniers. A fight that had more people talking about the behaviour of Teniers's coach, Quentin Chong. After the fight, Teniers was visibly furious for some reason. Chong then entered the hexagon, s…

Fightstar 13 Post Fight Night Review

What an awesome event! The organizers did an outstanding job. I'm comfortable saying...“Best amature MMA event in SA”.
Good food!  Biltong! Awesome clothing! A flat screen TV at the bar with all the action so that you don’t have to miss one second of a fight. An event where fighters and their safety are put first.Here are some memorable moments of Fightstar 13.
Damian Bukle won Ronnie Thompson by verbal submission in round 2. Ronnie was really hurt and gassed and decided not to continue but rather to give up. That secured the 1st win of the evening for WOW, but surely not the last.
Scott Kenee from Nova MMA and Isak Lombard took to the cage. These two really performed and worked a lot against the cage, with Isak's facial expression showing that he didn't really enjoy it. The fight went the distance. House of Tinkerbel and XKT Pro League managed athlete, Isak, took the win by unanimous decision.
Nerick Simons from CIT and Ruan Stander from GNG took to the cage. What a battle! Thi…

Armand "Wanderlei" Scheepers Debuts at EFC 42

Every young fighter has a dream they want to turn into reality. Turning pro is one of those dreams, and as a South African MMA fighter, EFC is that big dream. Armand Scheepers, or better known as "Wanderlei", (due to his uncanny resemblance to UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva), was able to make this dream come true, as he is expected to face Regis Muyambo of Panther Fighting Arts, at EFC 42.
As a build up to his debut fight, I decided to do a feature on this talented fighter.
Armand Scheepers started training in early 2012, at Crucifix Grappling in Brackenfell under Shaughn Vos, a long time student of former MMA fighter Rico Hattingh. He trained under Shaughn for roughly three months, twice a day and got hooked right away. They started concentrating on Jiu Jitsu and Armand entered his first competition. He went on winning the SAGA advanced teenage section for both WP and South Africa. This only after training for a short period of time.
Later in the same year, Armand competed at the…

"And the NEW! EFC Middle Weight Champion! Liam! Cleland"

Having heard from Gert Strydom first about what went on during the preperations of a very important fight for Liam Cleland, I decided to find out by the champ himself. This was a very imortant fight for Liam, as he had alot to prove not only to the fighters in the Middleweight division, but to himself also. I had the honour of finding out by the champ what happened before the fight, during the fight, and what his plans are for the future.

Liam, congrats on a well deserved victory at EFC 41. How does it feel to finally have the belt? "It feels great, hasn't really sunk in yet to be honest, but on fight night, I was on a high. After 15 years of fighting mostly in back yard competitions, it's great to have a belt that actually means something."
It's clear from your stiking coach, Gert Strydom, that you put some hard hours in during your prep time. What did you work on and who was involved with this? "Every morning with Gert, I would perform bag work and closer to t…

Goju Ryu Karate World Championships Sponsorship

As we know in South Africa, getting sponsorship for any combat sport is a struggle. Something our athletes have to deal with everyday. Here is one such example of a lady who eagerly wishes to take part in Goju Ryu Karate World Championships that is taking place in November.  Asking for sponsorship is also not easy as we never know where to start or who to approach. So with that, I offered to post her article on MMAFundi in hope that she too will be able to fulfill her dream.  Looking for sponsorship is so difficult in South Africa. Everyone has their own personal issues to deal with. I have been doing martial arts from the age of 6. I started doing Judo as a youngster. More Recently I started doing Kickboxing and Jiu-Jitsu. Last year, I became curious about karate. So I joined a Goju Ryu dojo in Durbanville. My style of karate is the purest of all karate styles in the world. The style is Okinawan Goju Ryu. The style was created in 1936 in Okinawa by sensei Chojun Miyagi. Well after only …