Durban - A new chapter in the history of EFC was
written on Saturday night, when Durban’s Amanda ‘Mad Dog’ Lino took the inaugural
EFC women’s flyweight title, defeating Pretoria’s ‘Demolition’ Jacqui Trosee.
Durban’s faithful gathered in the sold out Sun Park
Arena to witness the title fight, which enthralled all with brutal striking.
Lino kicked the fight off with her trademark
aggression, causing significant damage to the face of Trosee with on point
punches and ground and pound. But Trosee was tenacious, absorbing the
punishment and keeping ‘Mad Dog’ on her toes with tough counter punches.
Lino had a clear advantage over Trosee in the clinch,
taking her down with slick hip throws almost at will, and the top pressure
began to mount, draining Trosee. Lino was able to capitalize in the second
round, sinking an armbar that forced Trosee to tap.
Lino was ecstatic, thanking the Sunshine City for
their support as she was crowned the first EFC women’s flyweight champion.
“I’m never letting this belt go,” she said, beaming.
The co-main event, contested between the legendary
Martin ‘The Punisher’ Van Staden and the equally famed Leon ‘Iron Lion’
Mynhardt, was a fitting expression of the skill and status of both men.
They approached each other with patience, both landing
hard intermittent leg kicks, each waiting for an opening for the fists, which
suddenly appeared when van Staden attacked, slipping a Mynhardt punch before
landing a glancing straight left followed by a flush right cross.
Mynhardt wobbled and fell, desperately trying to
regain composure as van Staden swarmed in. Referee Ferdi Basson had seen
enough, however, and pulled ‘The Punisher’ off, giving him victory by TKO in
the first round.
The ‘Little Giant’ Bokang Masunyane further cemented
his growing reputation with a thrilling performance against Durban icon Abdul
‘Hollywood’ Hassan. Masunyane opened the fight with a full backflip, before
unloading on the veteran Hassan with multiple aerial attacks and constant
Hassan showed his experience, keeping his composure
throughout and making it impossible for the younger man to finish. The judges
finally handed a unanimous decision victory to Masunyane.
“He is a phenomenal athlete,” said Hassan after. “I’m
sure he will be a champion one day.”
Roodman v Meintjes delivered a brutal grappling
match. Roodman’s pre-fight analysis was that if he could defend three takedowns
he would take the win, but he was unable to achieve his aim.
For three rounds they fought a competitive battle on
the ground, with Roodman managing to reverse to top position numerous times,
all the while absorbing constant ground and pound. It wasn’t enough, and a
relentless Meintjes took a decision victory.
Marino Cutendana continued his streak of winning form
with a calculated performance against main card newcomer Martin de Beer. Soon
into the first round Cutendana took de Beer down, sank a reverse triangle
choke, which he then transitioned to an armbar submission, taking victory by
With the victory he puts himself firmly into the top
five in the division, and will be eager to see who his next opponent will be.
Fight of the Night was awarded to Gary Joshua v
Baldwin Mdlalose. Performance bonuses were awarded to Bokang Masunyane, Martin
van Staden, Amanda Lino and Jacqualine Trosee.
Official EFC 60 results:
Warren Richards defeated Stephan De La Rey via
submission (Rear-Naked Choke) 3:05 in round 1.
Dansheel Moodley defeated Roevan de Beer via unanimous decision.
Thabani Mndebela defeated Nico Yamdjie via split decision.
Yusuf Hassan defeated Jesse Fleming via TKO (punches) 1:56 in round
Sindile Manengela defeated Sizwe Mnikathi via majority decision.
Gary Joshua defeated Baldwin Mdlaose via split decision.
Marino Cutendana defeated Martin de Beer via submission
(Armbar) 2:30 in round 1.
Cameron Meintjes defeated Gordon Roodman via unanimous decision.
Bokang Masunyane defeated Abdul Hassan via unanimous decision.
Martin van Staden defeated Leon Mynhardt via TKO (punches) 3:19 in
Amanda Lino defeated Jacqualine Trosee via submission
(Armbar) 4:53 in round 2.