Cape Town - The official weigh-in
for EFC 39 took place in front of an excited crowd in the Market Hall, GrandWest
on Thursday. The room was swarming with many of Cape Town’s loudest MMA fans
showing support for their hometown heroes as they stepped onto the scale.
heavyweight champion Brendon Groenewald and challenger Andrew ‘One Gear’ van
Zyl were the epitome of calm as they stepped on the scale and faced-off, a day
before what is sure to be one of the most explosive bouts of the year. Neither
showed any signs of nerves before the biggest battle of their careers.
like to bang and tomorrow that’s what I am going to do,” stated the challenger when
asked what his thoughts were ahead of the bout.
on the main card, Gideon ‘Juggernaut’ Drotschie takes on Tumelo ‘The Truck’
Maphutha in a number one contender bout. The winner will earn the right to
challenge Norman ‘Chef’ Wessels for his light heavyweight title. Neither
athlete can afford to leave anything in the Hexagon with a shot at the title on
on the main card, fans are looking forward to a battle with two of Cape Town’s most
favoured sons. Don ‘Magic Man’ Madge and Regis Muyambo faced-off ahead of their
highly anticipated fight. In what many are predicting to be a walk in the park
for Madge, Muyambo has nothing to lose and will be going all out for a career defining
erupted with chants for DRC native Champion Dalcha on stage. What started off
on as an intense stare down between Dalcha and England’s Yannick Bahati,
quickly escalated to butting heads. The two athletes were forcibly separated by
opening of the main card will see Cape Town’s Irshaad ‘White Tiger’ Sayed take
on Oumpie ‘Lion Heart’ Sebeko from Johannesburg. Sebeko’s coach and Sayed have
been exchanging over twitter throughout he build up to weigh-in and the dislike
for each other was palpable when Sayed and Sebeko clashed heads for the first
time. Before the two were separated, Sebeko managed to slap Sayed. Ever the
showman, Sayed responded on twitter immediately after the weigh-in with: “That
was the only time you will be able to lay a hand on me Oumpie, come tomorrow I
will destroy you.”
addition to a stacked main card, EFC will see England’s Joe ‘Silk’ Cummins in
his EFC debut against Cape Town’s Marcel ‘Little Hammer’ Teniers in what can be
described as potential technical war, plus former lightweight contender
Sibusiso Mdoko takes on up-and-comer Luke Michael.
EFC 39: Groenewald vs. van Zyl, presented by BetXchange.com, and takes place at GrandWest, Cape Town, on Thursday 7 May 2015.
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