Van Zyl is already building a strong case for a shot at the belt. Earlier this year he made a smooth comeback with a first round submission of Elvis Moyo. He was originally slated to face Mbuyi on that night, and had spoken about looking forward to testing his hands and chin with the DRC giant, but Vandam had to step off due to injury.
Vandam was building his own assault on the title when he was derailed by Brendon Groenewald at EFC 28. He went two rounds with Cape Town’s ground master, scoring numerous strikes, including a massive knee to the jaw that he was warned for (Groenewald was grounded), before ultimately falling to Groenewald’s grappling skills.
Mbuyi has been hard at work since, and will know that Van Zyl’s greatest threat is by submission.
Should Vandam beat the former champion there will be few other than the man holding the belt who could be seen as a legitimate threat. Should Van Zyl put Mbuyi away, the same question applies. Who, if any, would stand between him and a title shot?
On October 2nd all questions will be answered.
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