Sun City - David Buirski made history by becoming
the first man to ever successfully defend the ‘cursed’ welterweight title when he
defeated Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden in an unforgettably close
split-decision ‘Fight of the Night’ five-round war at EFC 46.
Rumors have been rife,
but it is now been confirmed that Buirski has elected to vacate the
welterweight title, leave the division, and move up in weight
class to compete as a middleweight.
Buirski’s reasons are
that he does not want to face his team-mate Dricus ‘Stillknocks’ du Plessis in
competition, and added to this, has said that he is looking forward to not
having to endure the massive weight cuts he used to undergo.
The move to
middleweight makes Buirski enter the division as a clear number one contender,
and he will challenge the winner of Friday night’s middleweight title fight
between England’s Yannick Bahati and South Africa’s JP Kruger.
With the welterweight
title now vacant, the division’s landscape has been left open, but standing on
the horizon are two men, ready and eager to do battle. The dreaded welterweight
curse has returned!
Du Plessis is a man
that many already consider to be the number one in the division. The young EFC
star has been a formidable force since blasting onto the scene and is
undefeated as a welterweight. He has stated many times that becoming EFC’s
youngest champion is his ultimate goal and he is determined to make his dream a
Van Staden was
the last man to challenge for the coveted belt. After his thin split-decision
defeat to Buirski, in their ‘Fight of the Night’ war, a rematch was on the
cards, and as the bout was so close, it was almost a given that if Buirski
refused to defend his title against his team-mate, then the organisation would
be left with no choice but to let ‘The Punisher’ once again have a crack at
It’s the new generation taking on the old guard as Du
Plessis goes head-to-head with Van Staden for the vacant welterweight title.
This mega match-up and much more is set for the landmark EFC
50 event taking place at Sun City.
The full fight card will be announced soon.
EFC 50: Du
Plessis v Van Staden takes place on Friday, June 17 at Sun City in North West
Tickets are on sale soon at
www.computicket.com, all the main card
bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com starting 20:00 (CAT)
and delayed live on e.tv after the 20:30 (CAT) movie.