EFC AFRICA Welterweight Championship
JADYSON COSTA vs. MICHIEL OPPERMAN
Johannesburg (South Africa) – EFC AFRICA 16, presented by MusclePharm, will see Jadyson ‘Little Wanderlei’ Costa attempt to defend his EFC AFRICA welterweight title against number one contender Michiel Opperman.
Costa, originally from Brazil but now fighting out of Cape Town, secured the title at EFC AFRICA’s first ever Cape event, EFC AFRICA 13, and will once again face a championship bout in front of a hometown audience.
“It has always been my dream to be a champion and now I’m living that dream,” says Costa. “Since winning the title I feel that I have become even more at home in Cape Town. My students at Pride Fighting Academy see me differently now, not just as an instructor but as a role model, and I feel that when I fight I am representing more than just myself and my team. In Brazil I had so many fights, some beautiful ones, but nobody really cared. But here in South Africa, because of the popularity of EFC AFRICA, it’s like I am a hero when I walk down the street! People stop me for autographs and are really excited to meet me. It’s a good feeling! It motivates me and makes me love this place even more!”
Costa is currently in Johannesburg for a week, training with EFC AFRICA heavyweight champion Ruan Potts and middleweight prospect Tyron Rightford, and departs for Brazil next week with Rightford, to train under world-renowned MMA experts for a month. On 21 September, Costa will put all his training into practice as he attempts to hold onto his belt.
“I have enough time to prepare for Michiel. I know he is mainly dangerous on his feet but I don’t think he is so good on the ground; from what I have seen he does not have much game there. Some people have said to me that the fight should be easy because James Rennie beat Michiel twice and I beat James in 2 minutes, but I don’t think like that. I am preparing as if Michiel is a big monster and the toughest guy I will ever fight. I read his story in Fighters Only magazine, where he said that I am only good when guys give me space to work and that he is going to come forward and attack the whole time. I hope he does not change his mind! I want to stand with him and attack the whole time, just like Wanderlei Silva, the fighter who inspired my fighting name! I want to give the fans a big show and I promise I’m going to make Michiel feel sick inside that cage!”
EFC AFRICA 16 takes place at the GrandWest Grand Arena on 21 September. Tickets on sale soon at Computicket www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available soon at www.numetro.co.za. The three main card bouts will be broadcast live across Africa on e.tv, starting at 22h30 CAT. Full event streamed live online.