EFC: The trilogy ends here!
Andrew van Zyl (Supplied)
Watch the weigh-in ahead of EFC Africa 26.
Johannesburg - The hotly anticipated EFC AFRICA 26 weigh-in took place at the Coca-Cola Dome on Wednesday, featuring all 26 athletes competing in 2013’s final event on Thursday night.
Heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl made his intentions abundantly clear with a pulsating stare down at challenger Ruan Potts. All athletes sported black armbands in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, Africa’s greatest warrior of all.
Returning to the iconic Coca-Cola Dome venue for the first time in two years, fight fans cheered as each athlete hit the scale, and looked on as pockets of drama played out.
Anticipation hit fever pitch during the wait for the heavyweight champion and challenger to emerge, the crowd pumped further by the promo video played before.
“If Ruan doesn’t knock me out I’m going to drag him into the deep water, and drown him there,” stated the champion.
“I’m fitter than him, I’m faster than him, I’m stronger than him, and I’m taking my belt,” the challenger replied.
Themba Gorimbo, appearing in Thursday's fourth bout, was fired up. He roared at the crowd before near sprinting his way to his opponent and their face off. Crowd favourite Sibusiso Mdoku stepped onto the scale wearing his signature shades before he and opponent Pietie Coxen clashed heads in a clear forewarning of a storm to come.
The highly anticipated bantamweight bout between local legend Matt Buirski and Durban’s bad boy Abdul Hassan, cutting to the lightest division for the first time, was another favourite with both men hitting their mark superbly.
Nigeria’s Irishman, Henry Fadipe, born in Lagos but raised in Dublin, hit the crowd with a curveball when he took to the stage wearing a red devil mask, which he only removed to give opponent Michiel Opperman an icy stare when they finally faced each other.
Two athletes did not make weight. Johan van Staden registered a whopping 2.35kg’s over the 70kg lightweight limit. He has suffered a purse deduction which transfers to his opponent’s camp. Alain Ilunga was 0.35kg too heavy, an amount that was waived by his opponent Peter Nyide. EFC AFRICA 26 Weigh-in results were as follows:Bout 1 : Bantamweight bout
Baldwin Mdlalose 60.85kg
Cedric Doyle 61.00kgBout 2 : Featherweight bout
Nelson Feiteira 65.50kg
Mbulelo Swekile 65.60kgBout 3 : Welterweight bout
Chimmy van Winkle 76.95kg
Themba Gorimbo 74.90kg Bout 4 : Lightweight bout
Pietie Coxen 70.00kg
Sibusiso Mdoku 69.85kgBout 5 : Featherweight bout
Kanyeba Anicet 66.00kg
Hanru Botha 65.80kgBout 6 : Lightweight bout
Johan van Staden 72.35kg
Ague Kabesa 70.00kgBout 7 : Catch middleweight bout (80kg)
Wade Henderson 79.70kg
Bruno Mukulu 79.05kgBout 8 : Bantamweight bout
Donnovan Wilken 61.00kg
Francois Groenewald 60.85kgBout 9 : Featherweight bout
Peter Nyide 65.70kg
Alain Ilunga 66.35kgBout 10 : Bantamweight bout
Abdul Hassan 60.50kg
Matthew Buirski 60.90kgBout 11 : Middleweight bout
Jason Culverwell 83.00kg
Liam Cleland 83.55kgBout 12 : Welterweight bout
Henry Fadipe 77.00kg
Michiel Opperman 76.90kgBout 13: Heavyweight championship bout
Ruan Potts 111.30kg
Andrew van Zyl 118.10kg
EFC AFRICA returns to the Coca-Cola Dome, Johannesburg, for EFC AFRICA 26, presented by MusclePharm, on Thursday, December 12. Tickets on sale now at computicket.com. Stream the entire event live, in HD, at efcafrica.tv
Broadcast information and full fight card available at efcafrica.comEFC heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl