EFC is back and ready to shake up the sports world with massive fight news and ground breaking revolutionary changes. It is now official, EFC 85 is set to take place on Saturday 8 May headlined by champion Faeez Jacobs as he puts his EFC 135 pound division title on the line for the first time, against Zimbabwean former title contender, Sylvester Chipfumbu. EFC 85 will also herald the highly anticipated return of former featherweight champion Boyd Allen as he takes on welterweight veteran, Bruno Mukulu, in the lightweight division.
Cape Town’s Jacobs realised a life long dream on 10 August 2019 when he claimed the EFC title over the notorious Nkazimulo Zulu. Long heralded as one of the most exhilarating athletes on the EFC roster, Jacobs proclaimed “dreams do come true” to the thousands of fans in attendance on that fateful night. With a new champ upon the throne, a scramble emerged amongst the top contenders; all vying for the prized official No.1 contender spot. One man stood above them all, Zimbabwe’s Sylvester Chipfumbu. A lethal striker who came close to capturing gold previously, is determined to manifest Jacobs’ own words.
Former champion Boyd Allen makes his long awaited return to the sport of MMA when he faces the powerful Bruno Mukulu. The last time fans saw Allen in EFC was November 2017, where he defeated Scottish contender Calum Murrie in clinical fashion. Allen took his unorthodox striking to boxing where he had incredible success, claiming various titles. The thrill of an EFC fight is large, and the legend has returned. Mukulu is renowned for his explosivity and athleticism. He has faced many EFC middle and welterweight champions, and is now taking his strengths down to the lightweight division.
“It’s been a long time since we have been in action,” started VP of Talent, Graeme Cartmell. “We are putting on the biggest fight card possible and this is just the beginning!”
In a unique and strategic move, it has recently been disclosed that EFC, the continent’s largest and leading MMA organisation, will be making 20% of equity in the business available to athletes and supporters within the next few weeks.
“We are looking forward to being the first African sports property owned by the athletes themselves,” said EFC president Cairo Howarth. “Supporters will also have the opportunity to invest alongside the athletes in the EFC organisation.”
Howarth concluded, “After a few quieter months due to the government COVID restrictions around sport, EFC has seen a resurgence of interest with the announcement of the return to live action, the EFC 85 fight card and the unique investment offering. We are excited for a busy second quarter of 2021.”
EFC 85, Jacobs vs. Chipfumbu, is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Saturday 8 May 2021. Broadcast information at www.efcworldwide.com.