Johannesburg, South Africa – The EFC 97 official weigh-in ceremony is done and dusted! With that, we have a scintillating 11 fights set for the EFC 97 card tomorrow!
There was no shortage of confidence from top to bottom with several fighters refusing to back down when they came face-to-face with their opponents.
Some of the athletes got to meet yesterday at the EFC 97 Open Workouts, and at the weigh-ins today they got to face-off one final time before standing across from each other in the Hex.
The intent was clear throughout a stacked card, as the combatants all looked primed to dominate their opponents with some particularly noteworthy staredowns.
Shannon van Tonder stepped in as a late replacement to go up against Guide Moyo in a catchweight bout but was ready and deemed fit for competition. The sole lightweight bout between Guelor Sondi and Kaleka Kabanda witnessed an intense face-off that got physical before security had to step in.
The main card curtain-raiser had the ante upped at the weigh-ins as featherweights Emmanuel Sita and Prince Lolia got in each other’s faces with their staredown also turning physical. The tension reached fever pitch between both the Pride Fighting Academy and Brothers in Arms camps, especially with Mike Mouneimne and Conrad Seabi as the respective head coaches.
Then to close out the weigh-in ceremony, main-eventers Gift Walker and Boualem Sahraoui took to the scale to have Springbok rugby legend, Victor Matfield, square them up one last time before they headline tomorrow’s action-packed card! Tune in to see if Sahraoui will kick for touch or whether Walker will receive a hospital pass when it all goes down in the Hex!
Watch the EFC 97 Weigh-Ins here: EFC 97 Official Weigh-In Ceremony
Official EFC 97 weigh-in results as follows.
EFC 97 MAIN CARD BOUTS | STARTING 19:00 CAT
Gift Walker 129.4lbs (RSA) vs. Boualem Sahraoui 125lbs (FRA)
WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT FIGHT
Dayne van Wyk 133.6lbs (RSA) vs. Alice Ngom 129.7lbs (CAM)
Eduardo Barros 133.2lbs (ANG) vs. Bheki Ngcobo 135lbs (RSA)
Johan van Staden 168.4lbs (RSA) vs. Peace Nguphane 168.9lbs (RSA)
Emmanuel Sita 145lbs (CON) vs. Prince Lolia 145lbs (DRC)
EFC 97 PRELIMS CARD BOUTS | STARTING 15:00 CAT
Tom Theocharis 183.6 (CAN) vs. Pietie Coxen 182.9lbs (RSA)
CATCHWEIGHT FIGHT (150LBS)
Guide Moyo 149.6lbs (ZIM) vs. Shannon van Tonder 149.7lbs (RSA)
Guelor Sondi 153.6lbs (DRC) vs. Kaleka Kabanda 154.7lbs (DRC)
Orlando Machava 136.8lbs (MOZ) vs. Martin Gcinumkhondo 134.4lbs (RSA)
Kgaugelo Moitšhela 125lbs (RSA) vs. Christian Mulamba 121.7lbs (DRC)
Godknows Ndlovu 125lbs (ZIM) vs. Terence Balelo 125lbs (RSA)
Betting on all the EFC 97 bouts is available with World Sports Betting.
Prelims and main card bouts will be available live on www.efcworldwide.tv
Prelim bouts start at 15:00 CAT
Main card bouts start at 19:00 CAT
EFC 97, Walker vs Sahraoui, is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Thursday, 08 September 2022 live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa.
Broadcast information at www.efcworldwide.com
The EFC 97 Countdown Show is available to watch here: EFC 97 OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN