Cape Town - Former EFC lightweight champion Martin van Staden will battle
Englishman Joe Cummins for the vacant belt in the promotion’s first event of
The duo will headline a 12-bout card at EFC 77 at Time Square in
Pretoria on March 16.
Van Staden (26-11), who
trains at Coach Quan University in Johannesburg, has not fought since losing
the strap by a split decision to Alaskan Dave Mazany
(17-6-1) in August.
However, the South African
knockout artist gets another crack at gold following Mazany’s
retirement from professional mixed martial arts in October.
(5-1), a former English K1 champ, earned the title fight fresh off dismantling Armand Scheepers
(3-2) in a
welterweight duel at EFC 75 in Cape Town in November.
The EFC’s final offering for 2018 is also at Time Square this
Italian women’s strawweight queen Chiara Penco (4-0) will defend
her crown against ‘Polish Assassin’ Karolina Wójcik (3-1) in the headliner.
Before Penco clashes with Wójcik, ex-UFC fighter Ruan Potts
(11-6) will take on America’s Jared Vanderaa (7-3) for the interim heavyweight
belt in the co-main event.
The EFC 76 main card also features former heavyweight champ
Andrew van Zyl (19-4) against Stuart Austin (12-5), welterweight contender
Conrad Seabi (6-4) versus Brazilian Jose da Rocha (9-5), and Dallas
Jakobi (6-5-1) vs Mark Kamba (2-2).
include: Roedie Roets (4-0) vs Sindile Manengela (4-5), Marino
Cutendana (5-3) vs Martin de Beer (7-4), Niel du Plessis (2-1) vs Roger Griffin
(3-6), Pietie Coxen (5-8) vs Justin Smith (2-0), Billy Oosthuizen (3-0) vs
Tumisang Madiba (7-6), Asiashu Tshitamba (1-1) vs Takunda Gorimbo
(1-0), Devon Cronje (2-1) vs Orlando Machaba (0-0), and Marcel Els (2-2)
vs Jean-Marie Kabeya (0-1).