Cape Town - Englishman Jake Hadley has vowed to slay EFC flyweight champion
Nkazimulo Zulu and “bring his head back to Birmingham”.
The EFC last week confirmed Hadley
(3-0) will challenge Zulu (10-2-1) for the belt in his
promotional debut in Cape Town on April 13.
Their contest will serve as
the co-main event at EFC 78, which is headlined by JP
Buys (6-2) battling Luthando Biko (5-1) for undisputed bantamweight honours at
Zulu, the first South
African to compete in the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter Series in 2016, defended
his strap a third time by submitting Straight Blast Gym
CT standout Gary Joshua (4-1) in a five-round thriller in
November last year.
Hadley, meanwhile, rattled off three first-round victories in
2018 under the Golden Ticket Fight Promotions banner, previously finishing
Reece Street (0-21) with a rear-naked choke in September.
While Hadley respects Zulu’s pedigree, he insists ‘Zulu Boy”s
near-four-year reign at 57kg is coming to an end in Africa’s top fight
“I’m coming out there to win,
there is no doubt in my mind,” Hadley told Front Row MMA.
“I know Zulu Boy has been a great champion for years, but the
guy is just not on my level, you know what I mean? Like that kind of sounds
disrespectful, but he’s just not on my level. I’m the new breed, he’s the old
generation. I’m the new guy coming up, I can do everything and I’m going to
The Team Fearless product added: “I’m coming out there to
finish. I’m coming out there ... I’m coming to win. I’m coming to kill. I’m
coming to get my world title and show everyone what I’m about, you know what I
Asked about his mentality heading into the bout, he said: “You
know, this is just the way I am. This is the way I am and that’s what you can
expect in Africa, even though I’m coming over to their own hometown ... I’m going
to come to their hometown and slay their king and come bring his head back with
me to Birmingham.”
‘White Kong’ is well aware what defeating Zulu would do for his
“It’s the most important
fight of my career because now this is going to catapult me now. Because after
I win this fight I’m on the brink, if there is still going to be a flyweight
division, I’m on the brink of the UFC; I’m on the brink of Bellator. Basically,
really, I’m set for the rest of my career because I can fight for other world
titles or whatever after I win this title because this is a major promotion.
Probably main event, co-main event, broadcast around the world, it’s massive.”