Johannesburg - The final EFC AFRICA event of 2013 delivered
exceptional action at the Coca-Cola Dome on Thursday night. No doubt fired up
by the return to the iconic venue, all the athletes fought out of their skins
in a scorching display of MMA.
main event was the historical encounter between champion Andrew van Zyl and
challenger and former champion Ruan Potts. It was the African continent’s first
title trilogy, the final instalment of a three year rivalry between the
continent’s two greatest heavyweights.
for the bout was at fever pitch as both athletes made their way to the Hexagon.
The last time these two faced each other an uncompromising five round decision
war was delivered.
Thursday could not have been more different...
Potts closed the
distance, took Van Zyl down with a powerful hiptoss, and scored a submission
victory with an armlock that had Van Zyl tapping to avoid serious damage.
Ireland-based Henry Fadipe entered his bout with former champion and favourite
Michiel Opperman. Opperman is renowned for unexpected performances and put on a
dominant battle in the first two rounds. Fadipe knew he had to finish the fight
in the third round to take the victory, and did so; delivering two short elbows
that knocked Opperman out cold.
returned to the Hexagon after nearly a year’s absence to face Durban’s Jason
Culverwell. Cleland, a renowned submissions specialist, waged a strategic and
effective war but lost gas in the third round. Culverwell took the opportunity
to land multiple strikes, cutting Cleland and certainly winning the final
round, but not doing enough. Cleland took the bout by majority decision.
Hassan dropped to bantamweight for the first time to face Matthew Buirski.
Hassan is known for strategic, low action battles, but on the night both men
turned on the pace with a blistering display of kicks from Hassan and punches
from Buirski. Advantage swung back and forth, culminating in the delivery of a
split draw decision by the judges.
‘Kratos’ Nyide faced the might of Alain Ilunga with four bouts behind him, and
zero wins. He revealed a different animal at the sound of the buzzer, swarming
all over Ilunga with multiple, powerful strikes, dominating the legendary
kickboxer both standing and on the ground. Taking his bout by unanimous
decision, Nyide announced himself as a massive new personality, and threat, in
the featherweight division.
knockout of the night award went to Hanru Botha for his thumping short right
knockout of Kanyeba Anicet. The fight of the night was given to enthralling
standing and striking encounter between Buirski and Hassan.
Submission of the night went to new heavyweight champion
Potts for his armlock submission of Van Zyl, 44 seconds into round
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full results:Cedric Doyle defeated Baldwin Mdlalose via submission (guillotine) 4:47 into round 1.
Nelson Feiteira defeated Mbolelo Swekile via majority decision.
Themba Gorimbo defeated Chimmy van Winkel via submission (armbar) 1:59 into round 1.
Sibusiso Mdoku defeated Pietie Coxen via tapout (ground and pound) 4:31 into round 1.
Hanru Botha defeated Kanyeba Anicet via KO 2:36 into round 1.
Igeu Kabesa defeated Johan van Staden via submission (armbar) 1:07 into round 2.
Wade Henderson defeated Bruno Mukulu via submission (triangle) 4:50 into round 2.
Francois Groenewald defeated Donnovan Wilken via submission (RNC) 3:33 into round 1.
Peter Nyide defeated Alain Ilunga via unanimous decision.
Matthew Buirski and Abdul Hassan drew (split draw).
Liam Cleland defeated Jason Culverwell via majority decision.
Henry Fadipe defeated Michiel Opperman via KO 1:14 into round 3.
Ruan Potts defeated Andrew van Zyl via submission (armlock) 0:44 into round 1.
EFC AFRICA 27,
presented by MusclePharm, takes place on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at the the
Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets on sale now at computicket.com. Stream the
entire event, live and in HD, from efcafrica.tv.