EFC AFRICA Featherweight Championship
DEMARTE PENA vs. ABDUL HASSAN
SORS GROBBELAAR vs. BERNARDO MIKIXI
RUAN POTTS vs. MAHMOUD HASSAN
FRANCOIS GROENEWALD vs. GARETH BUIRSKI
JASON CULVERWELL vs. JC LAMPBRECHT
DAVID BUIRSKI vs. NICHOLAS RADLEY
WILHELM STRAUSS vs. LANCE CERONIO
BOYD ALLEN vs. HANRU BOTHA
TEZ MAKEUBO vs. DRICUS DU PLESIS
JOHAN VAN STADEN vs. STEVEN MOMAH
MOHAMED KARIM vs. VANDAM MBUYI
NKAZIMULO ZULU vs. LOURENS BOTES
MAWANDE MAZITHAMBI vs. PIERRE BOTHA
Johannesburg (South Africa) – EFC AFRICA 21, to take place at Johannesburg’s Carnival City on July 25, boasts a fight card bursting with the best of Africa’s warriors, from start to finish. Headlining the event is the title matchup between undefeated featherweight champion Demarte ‘The Wolf’ Pena and bad boy challenger Abdul ‘Hollywood’ Hassan.
Over the past weeks Hassan has baited the champion relentlessly, referring to him as a dog that will be chained and disciplined, a puppy that will be trained, and a has been with neither the skill or experience to best him. For the most part Pena had made little comment, but last week lashed out with the solid promise that the more Hassan has to say, the more his fire to hurt the challenger is being fed. Currently, this matchup promises the darkest and most personal war Pena has fought in a fight that long ago became personal.
Sors ‘Guru’ Grobbelaar, a kickboxing king on a winning tear stands toe to toe with Bernardo ‘The Black Panther’ Mikixi, the Angolan wrecking machine who has never entered the third round. When these two collide there will be no hesitation and no thought of a points victory. They are fighting for the heavyweight number one contender spot and both will move mountains to achieve their goal. Expect an earthquake as these giants go to war.
Former heavyweight champion Ruan Potts, a man coming off the only defeat of his career in his loss to Andrew van Zyl at EFC AFRICA 18, begins his comeback trail. He faces Egypt’s Mahmoud ‘Hellboy’ Hassan, an athlete with some of the heaviest hands on the continent. Hellboy has made it plain that he relishes the chance to face the former champion and is looking to knock him out cold.
F. Groenewald vs. G. Buirski is a pivotal featherweight matchup. Both men are known for massive shots followed by brutal clinch and takedown work. Each is looking to make a definitive claim for title contention and in each other they find the perfect scalp.
Culverwell vs. Lamprecht has fight of the night written all over it. At EFC AFRICA 15, if not for Bagattin and Van Staden’s epic encounter, Culverwell would have clinched the fight of the night award in his scintillating bout with Raymond Ahana. At EFC AFRICA 16 Lamprecht fought Daniel Sinclair to fight of the night honours. Expect these two to leave nothing behind.
In addition to the night’s massive main card the prelim card is packed with highlights. Dricus du Plessis, current WAKO K1 world champion, a 19 year old athlete sporting a K1 record of 30-0 (including 27 knock outs), and an amateur MMA career of 3-0, makes his middleweight debut. The Congo’s Judo black belt and huge heavyweight Vandam Mbuyi enters the Hexagon against Egypt’s colossal Abdel Mohammed, and the perfectly talented Boyd Allen makes his first lightweight appearance against the feared, wrestling based debutant Hanru Botha.
On 25 July 26 of Africa’s greatest warriors stand toe to toe in the biggest and best MMA event on the continent. 13 massive bouts, one colossal night.
EFC AFRICA 21, presented by MusclePharm, takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on 25 July 2013. Tickets on sale now at www.computicket.com. Tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available now at www.numetro.com.
Broadcast information and full fight card available at efcafrica.com