EFC AFRICA Middleweight Championship
GARRETH MCLELLAN vs. JEREMY SMITH
WESLEY HAWKEY vs. DENZIL WAIT
DINO BAGATTIN vs. MICHIEL OPPERMAN
SEAN ROBINSON vs. RAYMOND AHANA
DONAVIN HAWKEY vs. DANIE VAN HEERDEN
PETE MOTAUNG vs. JP KRUGER
PAUL KIETZMANN vs. RICKY MISHOLAS
DONALD NZIRAWA vs. BOYD ALLEN
RYAN VAN NIEKERK vs. MARKUS TALJAARD
WADE HENDERSON vs. JOSH MULLER
KOBA IAKOBIDZE vs. GARETH BUIRSKI
FRANCOIS GROENEWALD vs. DINO BERTOLIS
Johannesburg (South Africa) – At EFC AFRICA 12 on 2 March, EFC AFRICA cemented its place in MMA history by making the world’s fastest growing sport available to millions of fans across the continent via live television broadcast.
Four of the evening’s main bouts from Carnival City’s sold out Big Top Arena went out live to 49 countries on e.tv, Africa’s largest English-language TV channel. Millions of viewers got to see Jeremy ‘Pitbull’ Smith dethrone Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan to become EFC AFRICA’s new, undisputed middleweight champion in the main event. 30 seconds into round four, McLellan shot for a takedown and found himself caught in a deep guillotine choke, prompting Carnival City to erupt with cheers for the titanic struggle and the new champion.
The event was also broadcast to Nu Metro cinemas across South Africa, and via live online-pay-per view streaming for EFC AFRICA fans around the world.
According to EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth, EFC AFRICA’s first live broadcast on e.tv exceeded all expectations.
“The most anticipated fight card in EFC AFRICA history lived up to the hype and delivered everything we’d hoped for and more. What an event for our first live television broadcast on e.tv! Next up, we can’t wait for EFC AFRICA 13 where we plan to blow Cape Town away!”
Fight of the Night went to Garreth McLellan and Jeremy Smith for their back-and-forth tussle which ultimately determined EFC AFRICA’s new middleweight champion. Both fought their hearts out and had the crowd chanting and cheering, creating incredible atmosphere.
Knockout of the Night went to Ricky Misholas, whose heavy hands dispatched Paul Kietzmann in a heavyweight bout that will feature on highlight reels for years to come!
Submission of the Night went to JP Kruger, whose EFC AFRICA and pro MMA debut showcased incredibly high-level jiu-jitsu, especially from an athlete previously known only for his strikes.
Dino Bertolis defeated Francois Groenewald via unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
Gareth Buirski defeated Koba Iakobidze via guillotine choke at 1:54 into round 3.
Wade Henderson defeated Josh Muller via verbal submission due to strikes at 3:14 into round 1.
Ryan van Niekerk defeated Markus Taljaard via unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
Boyd Allen defeated Donald Nzirawa via unanimous decision after 3 rounds.
Ricky Misholas defeated Paul Kietzmann via KO at 3:06 into round 2.
JP Kruger defeated Pete Motaung via triangle choke at 2:40 into round 2.
Danie van Heerden defeated Donavin Hawkey via rear naked choke at 3:01 into round 1.
Raymond Ahana defeated Sean Robinson via TKO at 33 seconds into round 2.
Michiel Opperman defeated Dino Bagattin via triangle choke at 2:37 into round 2.
Wesley Hawkey defeated Denzil Wait via armbar at 1:48 into round 1.
Jeremy Smith defeated Garreth McLellan via guillotine choke at 56 seconds into round 4.
EFC AFRICA 12 was sponsored by MusclePharm, Sondag, Jaco Clothing, Betxchange, Carnival City and Fighters Only magazine.
EFC AFRICA 13 takes place at the GrandWest Grand Arena on 13 April. Tickets on sale now at Computicket www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available soon at www.numetro.co.za More information available at efcafrica.com