City - Long known as one of the premiere fight
venues on the planet, Sun City played host to the official weigh-in of the
landmark EFC 50 event, taking place at the Sun Park arena on Friday night.
The event is headlined by the notoriously heavy-handed
Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden taking on the trailblazing Dricus
‘Stillknocks’ du Plessis for the vacant welterweight title. The two faced-off
with controlled aggression, Du Plessis bouncing on the balls of his feet in
anticipation of a crack at the MMA icon, a man a full 11 years older.
“Dricus is fighting for a belt, I’m fighting for my
life,” said Van Staden afterward. “I am going to end his career.”
“I always come out fast and hard,” responded Du Plessis.
“I will finish this fight.”
Shadowing the night’s main event is the clash between
South African rising superstar Shana ‘Titanium’ Power, and Italy’s global
sensation Micol Di Segni. Both women have recorded blistering wins in the EFC
Hexagon, and the winner of this bout will challenge for the inaugural female
Power kicked-off by getting straight in the face of Di
Segni, who laughed and casually waved her off.
Pretoria’s Gordon ‘Rage’ Roodman stepped in on 11 days’
notice to face the bruising Rafal ‘The Polish Tank’ Haratyk, a bout now
trailing enormous interest. The ‘Rage’ faithful were vocal, letting the Pole
know that he is far from home. Haratyk has two wins on South African soil,
however, and calmly absorbed the pressure.
Former EFC champion and UFC heavyweight Ruan ‘Fangzz’
Potts returns to the biggest division after a sortie down to light heavy. He is
welcomed by the massive frame of the Congo’s Vandam Mbuyi. Both men are coming
off of losses and focused on re-igniting their once red-hot title hopes. Their
intent showed in a thrilling staredown.
Barring the main event, perhaps tomorrow night’s biggest
draw is the light heavyweight main card opener between Johannesburg’s Chad
‘Superman’ Hanekom and Ireland’s Cian ‘Kong’ Erraught.
Both Hanekom and Erraught are former provincial rugby
players in their respective countries, and both exhibit an almost freakish
athleticism. EFC security worked to keep them separate in an intense staredown,
and the event had to be momentarily halted as they were shepherded away from
When asked for his flash prediction for fight of the
night, EFC matchmaker Graeme Cartmell pointed to the light heavies immediately.
Their bout has taken on the pride of both South Africa and Ireland, currently
being played out in a three Test rugby series, and will be settled on Friday
On the prelim card, the fight to look out for is
undoubtedly the heavyweight showdown between former all Africa boxing champion
Elvis ‘The Bomber’ Moyo and the Congo’s Ricky ‘Apocalypse’ Misholas. Few words
have been said between them, but the chilling focus shown when they eyeballed
each other had the crowd sit up and take notice. Behemoths will truly collide on Friday night.
Mthobisi Buthelezi failed to make the lightweight limit
and opted for a financial penalty.
“Tomorrow night is going to be epic! It’s fitting that
our 50th event is taking place at a venue as legendary as Sun City,”
said EFC president Cairo Howarth.
The full EFC 50 weigh-in results are as follows:
Bout 1 : Lightweight bout
Sindile Manengela 68.80kg
Sifiso Ngcobo 69.90kg
Bout 2 : Flyweight bout
Guy Mongambi 56.85kg
Dansheel Moodley 56.25kg
Bout 3 : Bantamweight bout
Bill Thusi 60.25kg
Tjaart Henning 61.00kg
Bout 4 : Welterweight bout
Sydney Mokgolo 76.45kg
Niel Du Plessis 76.45kg
Bout 5: Lightweight bout
Mthobisi Buthelezi 70.70kg
Luke Michael 69.80kg
Bout 6 : Middleweight bout
Cameron Meintjes 83.40kg
Wade Henderson 83.30kg
Bout 7 : Heavyweight bout
Elvis Moyo 120.00kg
Ricky Misholas 110.00kg
Bout 8 : Light Heavyweight
Cian Erraught 92.55kg
Chad Hanekom 92.55kg
Bout 9 : Heavyweight bout
Ruan Potts 116.80kg
Vandam Mbuyi 107.55kg
Bout 10 : Catchweight bout
Gordon Roodman 89.25kg
Rafal Haratyk 89.95kg
Bout 11 : Women’s Flyweight
Shana Power 57.00kg
Micol Di Segni 57.00kg
Bout 12 : Welterweight Title
Dricus du Plessis 77.00kg
Martin van Staden 77.00kg
EFC 50: Du Plessis v
van Staden, presented by SUPABETS takes place on Friday, June 17 at the ultimate destination, Sun City. Tickets
are sold out for the event. All the main card bouts will be broadcast live on www.kwesesports.com
starting 20:00 (CAT) and delayed live on e.tv after the 20:30 (CAT) movie.