EFC 39 Pre Fight Post

Cummins and Teniers face off at the Open Workout
The Cape Town leg of EFC Worldwide has arrived. Fighters are amped and fans are ready to scream their lungs out. Its no secret that this fight card has a lot of fighters who want to prove themselves in this business. We managed to pick the brains of a few of the fighters on the main card. We asked Heavyweight Champ Brendon Groenewald, how he feels about his first title defense against Andrew Van Zyl, a man many believe is the true EFC Heavyweight Champ.

"...the truth is, I've always been underdog the and I love that, if he was the real champ based on being the belt holder then he would still have the belt, but it's more complex then that. I think repesenting yourself and your code with honour, having high values and morals makes you  champion rather than delusions of grandeu, riches and self entitlement. Case in point, our infamous John 'Bones' Jones, ex UFC Champion and newly crowned, peoples Chump.''  - Brendon Groenewald

Number one contender to the Heavyweight title, Andrew Van Zyl on his turn, was asked how it feels to finally get another shot at the belt after losing it to former UFC Heavyweight, Ruan Potts at EFC 26.

"It has been a bit of a wait as the fight was signed for Feb, I feel good and confident about the 7th. Brendon is a great all round fighter and he seems to have started to train really hard. I think it will be a well matched fight. I do however feel I have the upper hand in terms of skill set and experience. I'm looking forward to this one and am confident i will take the win" - Andrew Van Zyl

Groenewald will surely have his hands full against a confident fighter in Van Zyl. But if you dare give the win to Van Zyl before the fight even started, then you haven't really seen Brendon Groenewald fight.

Don Madge, a man some feel is the best in his division, is matched against the youngster from Panther Fighting Arts, Regis Muyambo. We asked Don his thoughts on this fight, as this was not the fight he was initially set for.

"I'm excited about the fight, any opportunity to fight in front of my home crowd is always awesome. I've prepped hard and I'm feeling in great shape, ready to do the work needed to get me the win. I don't really care about the change in opponent, of course I was expected to fight Fred (Frederich Naumann) but these things happen and I'm happy that Regis has stepped up to the plate." - Don Madge

Regis Muyambo, very hungry and ambitious responded by saying...

"I'm a fighter, I'm a normal guy, I love games, food and having fun. What's the point of calling yourself a fighter if you don't want to go out there and test yourself against one of the sports best. Win, lose or draw this is going to be a learning experience for me and no matter what anyone says it's just going to be my opponent and I in the hex. I have a chance to change my fate and rewrite what people have already written for me." - Regis Muyambo

We know, that this is the biggest fight and test for Regis. Never before has he faced the likes of Don Madge. This will be a true test for him.Regardless of who wins their respective fights, regardless of who leaves the cage with a bruised ego. The real winners will be the fans, as we are set for one action packed night out in Cape Town.

Catch EFC Worldwide, live at the Grand West, Grand Arena on 2nd May 2015. Broadcasted on SuperSport from 20:00.

Article by Darren McLean

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