Johannesburg (South Africa) – For the last fight night of 2011, EFC AFRICA 11 promises fans the perfect end of year present: the best MMA action! EFC AFRICA 11 features two of the year’s most significant title fights, plus fan favourites that have been requested all-year round. After building momentum throughout 2011, EFC AFRICA and a number of its athletes are eager to show that they’ve saved the best for last. Get to the Coca-Cola Dome on 10 November for the ultimate festive season entertainment.
The evening’s main event sees heavyweight wrecking machine Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl challenge current champion Ruan ‘Fangzz’ Potts. Van Zyl, a school teacher by day, is good at hitting the books, but great at hitting his opponents, while Potts, a former dental technician, is skilled at both making teeth and knocking them out. When these undefeated behemoths collide, one will taste defeat for the first time while the other will take the most prestigious title in African combat sport – the EFC AFRICA heavyweight title.
A former grappling and Muay Thai champion, Potts’ weapons are devastating, as former champion Norman Wessels discovered when he had his scalp split by a vicious elbow and then succumbed to a hail of ground and pound strikes at EFC AFRICA 09. On that night, Potts’ record moved to 13-0, his hands were raised high and the championship belt was placed around his waist.
At the same event, van Zyl took on Bernardo Mikixi and proved he could stand with one of the heaviest hitters in the sport, take all he had to give, and then beat him at his own game. Now, van Zyl’s iron chin and 7-0 record will be put to the test, but his well-rounded skill set gives him a fighting chance at dethroning the champion.
The second main card fight showcases the rivalry between two exceptionally skilled lightweight fighters. Costa Ioannou is the reigning lightweight champion, having taken the title from Wentzel Nel at EFC AFRICA 08 in one of the most climactic bouts in EFC AFRICA history. Ioannou is now 3-0 and heralded by many to be one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in Africa. Where he goes, his army of vocal supporters follow, supercharging each performance by SA’s own Greek legend.
Alex ‘The Professor’ Cheboub is undeniably one of EFC AFRICA’s most cunning and unpredictable fighters. A qualified scientist specialising in microbiology, The Professor uses his formidable intellect to craft technical fight strategies and outwit his opponents. His years of training in numerous martial arts have given him an exotic arsenal that never fails to impress, and since he’s dropped to lightweight he’s taken three straight wins against top opposition, bringing his record to 8-5.
Many more fights to be announced for this massive occasion.
EFC AFRICA 11 takes place at the Coca-Cola Dome on 10 November. Tickets for the live event are on sale now at Computicket www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas will be on sale shortly at www.numetro.co.za.