Yannick Bahati slaps Dricus du Plessis at the EFC 62 Press Conference

Johannesburg, South Africa – EFC Gym Sandton hosted the official EFC 62 Media Day, where things took a dramatic turn during the press conference. Middleweight champion, England’s Yannick Bahati, slapped welterweight champion, South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis, in front of Du Plessis’ home crowd during their face-off.

After much back-and-forth between the two athletes in the lead up to the biggest fight in EFC history, this was the first time they stood face-to-face. The two athletes are known for their dislike of each other and have a long-standing score to settle.

Watch the slap from earlier today here:

“We have already received communication from the association governing the sport in South Africa (MMA SA PRO) regarding the altercation,” stated EFC Matchmaker Graeme Cartmell. “He has been reprimanded and will be up for review. I promise you, he will be dealt with harshly. This is why we have brought in private security.”

The full heated press conference, face-offs and interviews from the day will be available on and various social media platforms soon.

This will all be settled next Saturday, in the EFC Hexagon at EFC 62 in Carnival City as the much-anticipated headlining fight finally takes place.

EFC 62: Bahati vs Du Plessis, Zulu vs Chipfumbu, Kabesa vs P. Botha is presented by and takes place on Saturday 19 August live from Carnival City, Johannesburg, RSA. Tickets are on sale at, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on