Johannesburg, South Africa – Africa’s biggest fight promotion has officially put it’s first event of the year in the books. EFC 92 took place live from the EFC Performance Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa on March 5th, 2022.
An exciting 12-fight card saw every athlete enter the Hexagon with something to prove but it was the Middleweight Title fight between Luke Michael and Pupanga Tresor which proved to be one of the most controversial contests in recent memory. After both athletes exchanged on the feet it was Pupanga Tresor who found himself in the ascendency on the canvas and began raining down some serious ground and pound. Amongst the barrage of blows, referee Ferdi Basson perceived several to have landed behind Michael’s head and signalled the fight to be over before changing his hands to a ‘time-out’ gesture.
The initial waving-off of the bout confused the crowd, corners and fighters who thought that the DRC man had won gold. Basson then deducted a point from Tresor and restarted the fight after which the positions were reversed, Michael taking top control, bringing down some heinous blows and forced the referee stoppage upon which a large section of the crowd began to protest with chairs and other missiles being thrown. Many are calling for an immediate rematch, the granting of which remains to be seen.
Below are the full results and performance bonuses.
OFFICIAL EFC 92 RESULTS:
MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MAIN EVENT
Luke Michael def. Pupanga Tresor by TKO (Strikes) – Round 1
MIDDLEWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT
JP Kruger def. Roy Lokolo via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 1
Cameron Saaiman def. Roevan de Beer via TKO (Strikes) – Round 1
WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT BOUT
Jessica Mouneimne def. Crystal van Wyk via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) – Round 2
CATCHWEIGHT BOUT – 194LBS
Conrad Seabi def. Wade Henderson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Nerik Simoes def. Keir Harvie by Unanimous Decision
Vandam Mbuyi def. Robert Cunningham by TKO – Round 1
Fafa Dwama def. Salahuddin Plaatjies by Split Decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)
Diego Bandu def. Khulekani Hlongwa via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Guelor Sondi def. Hanro Enslin via TKO (Strikes) – Round 2
Guide Moyo def. Qaasim Coetzee via TKO (Ground ‘n’ Pound) – Round 2
Ivan Strydom def. Willem Smith via Medical Stoppage (Injury) – Round 1
PERFORMANCE BONUSES: Guelor Sondi and Cameron Saaiman
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Nerik Simoes vs Keir Harvey
EFC 93 Van Staden vs Makengele, presented by World Sports Betting, takes place on Saturday, 9 April 2022 live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa. Full broadcast and fight information at www.efcworldwide.com.