Cape Town - Ahead of his scheduled title defence in Cape Town, EFC
lightweight champion Don Madge (7-3) has been offered a shot in the Las
Vegas based promotion, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and has no choice
but to relinquish his EFC title and take the once in a life-time opportunity.
Madge has had to vacate the EFC lightweight title, but in doing so it has left
an opening for his team-mate, Martin van Staden (18-9) to face No 1
contender, England’s undefeated Gavin Hughes (9-0), for the now vacant
Madge was recently hired as the prime
training and sparring partner for legendary UFC women’s featherweight champion
Christiana ‘Cyborg’, assisting her in her victorious title defence at UFC 219.
While there, UFC showed an interest in the EFC champion and on Tuesday offered him
a contract with the promotion.
Van Staden is a legend of African MMA.
He has fought for the welterweight
title twice and since his move to lightweight, has seemed unstoppable with
three TKO victories in a row. Now, he steps up to the challenge of undefeated
Hughes is a man who in nine fights, all around the globe, has amassed an
incredible undefeated finish rate of 89% and has only heard the final bell once.
Based out of Blackledge MMA in Liverpool, ‘Big Tasty’ is undoubtedly one of
England’s most promising and revered MMA athletes.
Hughes entered the
EFC Hexagon for the first time as a potential No 1 contender, his test
for legitimacy was the highly regarded and then unbeaten Deon Bruning. Over
three rounds Hughes displayed a warrior physicality and an onslaught of
striking to assert his dominance over the South African, and claim his spot as
the man to challenge for the belt.
“We are delighted
with Don’s success and wish him all the best in his UFC endeavours,” stated
Cairo Howarth, EFC President.
“I am really looking forward to seeing his
successes in the UFC and I can’t wait to see who takes his place.”
EFC 68 Van Staden vs Hughes
is presented by Betxchange.com and takes place on Saturday, March 31 live from GrandWest,