Dr. Eliasov and Italy’s ‘Beasty Barbie” take center stage

Johannesburg, South Africa – The inaugural EFC women’s strawweight title fight between South Africa’s Danella Eliasov and Italy’s undefeated Chiara Penco headlines this Saturday nights EFC 67 live from Carnival City, JHB.

Causing a shift at the top of the fight card and placing the ladies in the main event, Boyd Allen official withdrew from his fight against Igeu Kabesa and has been replaced by Brazil’s highly experienced Paulo Silva.

In a fitting location and time, signaling the start of a new era in MMA, Dr Danella Eliasov and Chiara “Beasty Barbie” Penco recently appeared for a photoshoot above the Johannesburg skyline.

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“It has been a long journey,” stated Eliasov. “From begging EFC for a fight and now we are headlining. It is a dream come true.” She concluded, “Now to put on a show!”
Notably, opened odds this week and placed Dr. Eliasov as the favorite ahead of their strawweight championship fight.

Eliasov vs Penco is only the second women’s title fight in history to headline an EFC event. Amanda Lino defeated Jacqualine Trosee last year at EFC 60 for the EFC women’s flyweight championship to become the first ever women’s champion.

The official EFC 67 weigh-in takes place on Friday at 14:00, live from the Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City, Johannesburg

This fight headlines a stacked first EFC event of 2018, which also features a lightweight fight between featherweight champ Igeu Kabesa and the dangerous Brazilian, Paulo Silva. The main card also features Netherland’s undefeated Reinier De Ridder versus Warren Allison, Gordon Roodman versus TF1 contestant Mzwandile Hlongwa and undefeated Bokang Masunyane versus England’s Coner Hignett.

EFC 67 Eliasov vs Penco, Kabesa vs Silva is presented by and takes place on Saturday 10 March live from Carnival City, Johannesburg. 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