Johannesburg – EFC 36 ended off the year with a
bang. In what will be remembered as one of the most exciting cards of the year,
a sold out Coca-Cola Dome witnessed an onslaught of submission and KO finishes.
featherweight champion Boyd Allen headlined the evening’s fight card in his
title defence against the explosive Wade Groth. Allen displayed the skills that
have kept him undefeated inside of the Hexagon and continues to show why many
regard him as the most well rounded athlete in the EFC. Groth managed to land a
big right hand, which prompted the champion to strike back and knock Groth to
the ground. It was all over when Allen took Groth’s back and sunk in his hooks
to seal victory via rear naked choke.
In the most anticipated
fight of EFC 36, Dino ‘The Lion’ Bagattin and Gordon ’Rage’ Roodman squared off
in the evening’s co-main event. The verbal exchange between the two had started
months prior to the event. The first round was a back and forth battle, with big
punches landed by both. Immediately after touching gloves in the second round,
Bagattin struck at ‘Rage. Bagattin then scored the takedown, putting him in the
position to relentlessly drop elbows on Roodman until the referee stepped in to
end the bout.
Igeu Kabesa put on the performance of his career, displaying an entire new
skill set outside of his typical wrestling game. The first two rounds he opted
to stand and trade with the former contender Barend ‘BB Gun’ Nienaber. In the
third and final round, when Nienaber was attempting to close the distance, he
resorted to his base skills of wrestling to control and seal his victory on the
ground. Kabesa is now on a four fight win streak and primed to make a run at
the lightweight strap.
made when former bantamweight champion Nkazimulo ‘Zulu Boy’ Zulu and Francois
‘Franaconda’ Groenewald faced off inside the Hexagon for the first EFC
flyweight bout. An all out battle lasting the full three rounds earned them
‘Fight of the Night’ honours. Zulu proved that he is a complete mixed martial
artist, with a ground game to match his brilliant striking ability.
In the first
fight on the main card, Angolan Marino Cutendana squared off against Oumpie
Sebeko in their main card debut. Cutendana’s improvement since moving to CIT was
evident, as he matched his opponent in the stand up exchanges and dominated him
on the ground to earn him a slick triangle submission victory.
Fight of the
Night honours went to Nkazimulo Zulu and Francois Groenewald for their three
round war. Knockout of the Night went to Warren Allison for his K.O. of Gareth Sawyer.
Submission of the Night went to Marino Cutendana for his submission of Oumpie Sebeko.
Performance bonuses were handed out to Mike Vermeulen and Dino Bagattin for
their exceptional performances.
EFC 36 results are:
EFC 37: Mynhardt
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Ilunga defeated Conrad Seabi via triangle choke 2:08 in round 2.
Pritchard defeated Pietie Coxen via D’arce choke 3:46 in round 1.
Iakobidze defeated Kanyeba Anicet via rear naked choke in 1:44 in round 1.
Mthobisi Buthelezi defeated Tshilumba Mulumba via split decision.
Cameron Meintjies defeated Charl Hurter via rear naked choke in 3:07 into round
Mike Vermeulen defeated Sors Grobbelaar via TKO in 1:09 in round 1.
Allison defeated Gareth Sawyer via KO 0:25 in round 2.
Marino Cutendana defeated Oumpie Sebeko via triangle choke 2:25 in round 1.
defeated Barend Nienaber via unanimous decision.
Nkazimulo Zulu defeated Francois Groenewald via unanimous decision.
Dino Bagattin defeated Gordon Roodman via TKO 1:06 into round 2.
defeated Wade Groth via rear naked choke 2:21 into round 1.