Team UK have arrived in SA and are ready to set Carnival City alight!

Johannesburg, South Africa – This Friday at Carnival City, two of the world`s best sports nations are set to collide in combat. South Africa`s most dangerous mixed martial artists are taking on the champion from the UK and more of the United Kingdom`s best.

Reigning middleweight champion, England’s Yannick Bahati was set to defend his championship against South Africa’s David Buirski when injury struck the challenger. Stepping up, sees his teammate and the former welterweight champion, Michiel Opperman. Watch the countdown to Bahati vs Opperman here:

Also featuring; once the most dominant featherweight champion in EFC, Boyd Allen takes on a former commonwealth boxer and Welsh stand-out Azi `One Bomb` Thomas. Two clinical striking masters hunting for national supremacy. Watch the countdown to Allen vs Thomas here:

Scotland`s Danny Henry, the former featherweight champion and the only man in EFC to ever defeat Boyd Allen has made his way back to RSA to face South African top contender contender and `Fight of the Night` maker Wade Groth.

Plus, former two-time heavyweight champion Andrew `One Gear` van Zyl faces the undefeated Brit, Tony `Oosh` Mustard. Find out what happens when England`s heaviest hitter faces the iron jaw of South Africa`s van Zyl.

All this and so much more ahead of the UK versus RSA main event. The upcoming night of fights sees a number of other high action, prelim and main card bouts between EFC’s best. Full fight card available at

EFC 53 WEIGH-IN: Free and open to fans – Witness the stare-downs live – Merchandise & ticket giveaways
Date: Thursday 1 September 2016
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Venue: Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City

Date: Friday 2 September 2016
Time: Prelim bouts start 16:45, main card bouts start at 20:00
Venue: Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg

Date: Friday 2 September 2016
Time: 30 minutes after the last fight
Venue: Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City

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EFC 53: Bahati vs Opperman is presented by SUPABETS, and takes place on Friday 2 September 2016 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale now at, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on (Sub-Saharan Africa) and Kwesé Free Sports (Kenya) starting at 20:00 (CAT) and delayed live on (South Africa) after the 20:30 (CAT) movie.