Showing posts from 2017


[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…


South Africa’s ‘Demolition’ Jacqui Trosee versus Morocco’s Rizlen Zouak added to EFC 66
Pretoria, South Africa – The final EFC event of the year EFC 66, just got even bigger with the addition of a women’s bantamweight bout between South Africa’s Jacqualine Trosee and Morocco’s Rizlen Zouak on the prelim card.
Trosee was last seen in action fighting Amanda Lino for the flyweight title. She lost that fight, but was awarded a performance bonus for her incredible and valiant war.
Now moving up a weight division, she will be stronger and meaner than ever, without the vigour’s of a hectic weight cut. A Pretoria girl, that packs a punch, she trains out Warrior Sports and will surely have the entire arena chanting her name in support on 16 December.
Zouak represents Morroco but lives and fights out of Paris, France. Training at the famous MMA Factory, her combat sports resumé includes two Olympic Games appearances for Judo and multiple national and international championships. Undefeated in MMA,…


van Staden as main event at ACB in Germany and Du Plessis for the title at KSW in Poland
Johannesburg, South Africa – Martin Van Staden has been chosen to fight former UFC veteran Denis Siver in the main event of ACB 75 in Germany. He is the 2nd EFC athlete this month to be selected to headline on the European stage as it was confirmed recently that the double division EFC champion, Dricus du Plessis, would get an immediate welterweight title shot at the Polish based MMA organization KSW. "I'm really excited for this opportunity to go knock out a German in his home town, I'm coming for everything he has." Says Van Staden. “Dricus offered an immediate title fight in Poland and now Martin being picked to headline in Germany shows how highly regarded EFC athletes are globally.” Stated EFC President Cairo Howarth. “We are confident that they are going to represent well... Smash them!” he added.
"I'm really looking forward to the fight with Borys. Even though we are …


[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…


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…


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…


[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,…


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…


"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…


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.
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…