Cape Town - EFC kicked off the year in superb
fashion at Carnival City on Saturday night.
The crowd in attendance were
treated to action packed fights, with some incredible skill on display.
evening culminated in DRC-born Igeu Kabesa claiming a deserved victory over
Scotland’s Danny Henry to bring the featherweight title back to African soil
and in doing so, becoming the first EFC champion from DRC.
event saw Kabesa dominate from start to finish through a display of wrestling
excellence. Henry had no answer for the challenger over five rounds and looked
out of sorts. Apart from a brief spell in the fourth round where Henry came
close to sinking a rear naked choke, Kabesa controlled his opponent through a
mixture of great top control and fluid transitions onto his opponent’s back,
where he landed strike after strike.
the post event press conference, Henry admitted to underestimating his
opponent. “I wasn’t too phased at losing the first round, but did not expect
that intensity for five rounds. I thought he would tire but he didn’t. I felt
like I was in quicksand for five rounds and had no answer.”
co-main event, the prospect of a bout between Boyd Allen and Leon Mynhardt at
lightweight had MMA fans salivating. The bout was born out of a late withdrawal
of contender Dave Mazany due to infection. True to form, the athletes left it
all in the Hexagon in a dream fight that will live long in the memory of those
who watched. Allen walked away the victor by split decision after methodically
picking his opponent apart with clinical striking and superior movement. The
lightweight champion’s face was evidence of Allen’s continuous onslaught, with
the fight having to be paused to repair a heavily bleeding broken nose midway
through the second round. After three rounds, the fans were on their feet for
both athletes who put on a show to be remembered. The result leaves a question
that needs to be answered – will Boyd Allen move up to lightweight to challenge
for the title? EFC president Cairo Howarth opened the door for him in the post
fight press conference, “Boyd can pick whatever fight he wants. If he wants a
rematch with Leon for the title, he can have it.”
fight on the main card saw Brendon Katz on a mission to reverse a two fight
losing streak when he faced the nuggety Sizwe Mnikathi. The fight started and
ended with Katz edging Mnikathi in the boxing stakes, claiming a unanimous
victory. Katz looked invigorated and determined to make his way back up the
featherweight ladder, and called out Wesley Hawkey in his post-fight interview.
Katz lost to Hawkey at EFC 33 and is looking for redemption.
Nienaber is another athlete with a real claim to a potential title shot after
he convincingly beat Tumisang Madiba in a three round unanimous decision in the
second fight on the main card. Nienaber dominated his opponent with sound
wrestling and top control. Madiba was not given a chance to display his
considerable striking skills. Speaking after the fight, Nienaber was quick to
call out a shot at the featherweight strap. It turns out that he may have the
chance at a rematch with Kabesa, whom he lost to at lightweight at EFC 36.
main card of 2016 was opened by the first ever all local match up in the
women’s flyweight division. Amanda Lino faced Jacqui Trosee looking to avenge a
loss to Isabelle Pare in her hometown. Trosee was coming off a victory over Zita
Varju at EFC 41. Living up to her nickname ‘Mad Dog’, Lino came out like a
woman possessed and made light work of Trosee, landing a straight right that
rocked her opponent. The bout was called after only ten seconds as Lino
capitalised on the first strike with a barrage of punches from behind that KO’d
‘Fight of the
Night’ was awarded to the lightweight bout Leon Mynhardt and Boyd Allen.
Performance bonuses were awarded to Amanda Lino, Brendon Katz and Sizwe
EFC 47 results:
defeated Jean-Marie Kabeya via unanimous decision.
Stefan Pretorius defeated Robo Ambamba via Triangle choke 2:07 into round 1.
DuHo Kim defeated Pieter De Klerk via Rear-Naked choke 4:54 into round 2.
JP Buys defeated Roevan De Beer via Rear-Naked choke 3:24 into round 1.
Anicet Kanyeba defeated Tshilumba Mulumba via TKO 3:36 into round 3.
Martin de Beer defeated Lourens Botes via Rear-Naked choke 2:56 into round 1.
Amanda Lino defeated Jacqualine Trosee via TKO 0:10 into round 1.
Barend Nienaber defeated Tumisang Madiba via unanimous decision.
Brendon Katz defeated Sizwe Mnikathi via unanimous decision.
Boyd Allen defeated Leon Mynhardt via split decision.
Igeu Kabesa defeated Daniel Henry via unanimous decision.
EFC 48: Groenewald
v Van Heerden is presented by BetXchange.com, takes place Saturday, April
23, 2016 at GrandWest, Cape Town. Tickets available soon at www.computicket.com.