Johannesburg - EFC, a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation,
has brokered a deal for EFC middleweight champion Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan
to fight at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the Las Vegas based MMA
“This is a fantastic
opportunity for Garreth to compete against some of the UFC’s best combatants
and continue to show just how good he really is,” said EFC president Cairo
Howarth. “Soldierboy is a great athlete and ambassador for the EFC and we look
forward to seeing him in action in the UFC soon.”
"Soldierboy" has been
with EFC since inception, fighting at the very first event in November 2009. He
rose to fame and was crowned the first EFC middleweight champion, lost the
title, then became the first athlete to regain an EFC title. McLellan has
contested in 12 EFC bouts, winning all but one, and is currently on a 6 fight
This is the second EFC
athlete to be signed to the UFC this year, testament to the high calibre of
athletes in the organisation. “We have many exceptional athletes fighting in
EFC, some of the best in the world, and look forward to signing more to the UFC
in the future,” said Howarth.
is a 6 fight deal, with his first UFC bout expected to be in March 2015, and
will see him representing EFC against middleweights from across the globe.
“I am extremely
humbled and grateful for this opportunity,” said McLellan. “My purpose is very
clear; I am going there to win and make South Africa proud.”
McLellan will relinquish
his EFC middleweight title. The division is ready for a new era with a new
The now vacant EFC
middleweight belt will be contested in 2015 between former welterweight champion
Michiel Opperman and grappling king Liam Clelland. Both Opperman and Clelland were
set to face ‘Soldierboy’ in epic encounters. An injury removed Clelland from
their previous clash and the former welterweight champion was promised a shot
at middleweight gold. The two top contenders will now battle it out for the
vacant EFC middleweight championship.
“I never got the
opportunity to fight Opperman or Clelland, and I look forward to crossing paths
with either of them in future”, said McLellan.
Allison and Gareth Sawyer go head-to-head this Thursday, and with the recent
announcement of Darren Daniel taking on JP Kruger early next year, the
spotlight now shines brightly on the EFC middleweight division.
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