Johannesburg (South Africa) – EFC AFRICA history was made at EFC AFRICA 11 on 10 November at Johannesburg’s Coca-Cola Dome when both lightweight and heavyweight champions retained their titles.
First up, lightweight champion Costa Ioannou dominated a grappling-heavy bout with Alex Cheboub. Ioannou eventually managed to wear out ‘The Professor’ in round three and secure a rear naked choke, forcing Cheboub to tap out. Then, moments later in the heavyweight title bout, Ruan ‘Fangzz’ Potts caught Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl in a fight-ending guillotine choke, also securing a submission victory. Now that Ioannou and Potts have secured their titles, new challengers await in 2012!
Knockout of the Night went to Egypt’s Amr Wahman who took the fight to Leon Mynhardt late in the first round. Mynhardt’s early elbow strikes were paid back with interest in the form of a massive overhand right that took the legs out from under the ‘Iron Lion’.
Submission of the Night went to Jadyson Costa for putting James Rennie away with a rear naked choke in round one. The slick Brazilian was untouchable as he transitioned through positions on the ground until Rennie gave him the gap he needed to sink in the choke.
Fight of the Night went to Martin van Staden and Nolan Swanepoel for their incredible main card bout. Swanepoel seemed dominant on the ground but van Staden avoided danger until round two when he forced his way back to his feet. The fight took place all over the cage with both men pouring their hearts into the action but it was van Staden who eventually pulled off a lightning-quick feat of ferocious agility by landing a crushing knee to the face of Swanepoel. With Swanepoel clearly rocked, the referee stopped the action at 2:20 of the second round, signalling resounding cheers by thousands of spectators.
According to EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth, EFC AFRICA 11 was the perfect highlight to end Africa’s MMA year. “We had an absolutely amazing event that was broadcast live around the world and we can’t wait for 2012 so that we can take African MMA to an even higher level. This was a massive year for EFC AFRICA and MMA internationally and we see events and attendance going from strength to strength.”
Thanks to recently negotiated television broadcast deals, EFC AFRICA 11 went out to a host of countries including Zimbabwe, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mauritius, Zambia, Nigeria, Namibia, Tanzania, Southern Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Ireland, UK, Australia and Canada. From 2012, EFC AFRICA looks forward to being broadcast live on South African television.
Main card bouts were also streamed live online at no charge and partnerships with MMA websites in USA, Greece and Germany saw EFC AFRICA win over legions of new fans and worldwide acclaim.
EFC AFRICA 11 was sponsored by MusclePharm, Sondag, Jaco Clothing and Fighters Only magazine. EFC AFRICA 12 takes place at Carnival City on 2 March 2012. More information on the event available here