Igeu   "Smiley"   Kabesa

LightweightFeatherweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 18 - 2 - 0
  • Submission : 5 Wins - 2 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 6 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Decision : 5 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Age : 28
  • Height : 5'9" (1.75m)
  • Reach : 74,83" (185cm)
  • Leg Span : 41,34" (106cm)
  • Stance : Orthodox
  • BG Discipline : Wrestling
  • Strengths : High-level wrestling
    Surprising KO ability
    Great cardio
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Polokwane, South Africa
  • Gym : Guts n Glory
  • Trainer : Jan Roets
Fighter's Skills Breakdown
  • Submission : 10%
  • Takedowns : 30%
  • Striking : 50%

Fighters Media

‘BEASTY BARBIE’ CROWNED STRAWWEIGHT QUEEN
EFC 67 Fight Week Face-offs
EFC 67 Kabesa & Silva on Saturday’s fight change
05 March - BRAZIL’S SILVA REPLACES ALLEN AGAINST KABESA
ALLEN LOOKS TO PULL FROM FIGHT
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EFC 112 ENGAGED: That Was Concrete!
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TWO TITLES, 24 FIGHTERS AND ONE INCREDIBLE NIGHT OF ACTION SET TO SHOCK THE AFRICAN CONTINENT
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EFC ENGAGED: There Can Only Be One!
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BREAKING NEWS – EFC 112 TO FEATURE TWO INCREDIBLE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE FIGHTS!
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EFC ENGAGED: Lets Handle Some Business!
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CHAMPIONS EMERGE VICTORIOUS IN BREATHTAKING NIGHT OF ACTION!
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EFC ENGAGED: Kabesa ‘I am your nightmare!’
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REVENGE AND REWARD – VIOLENCE ERUPTS AT THE EFC SCALE!
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IT’S THE MOST THUNDER-FULL TIME OF THE YEAR! EFC PRESENTS THE GREATEST FIGHT NIGHT OF 2023!
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THREE TITLES ONE NIGHT – Six Warriors, Three Titles, One Historic Night!
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THE REMATCH AT #EFC110 IS OFFICIAL!
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EVERYTHING ON THE LINE!
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EFC 104: Kabesa vs Bembe
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BEST PICTURES FROM EFC 99!
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KABESA CEMENTS HIS LEGACY OF GREATNESS
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EFC 99 ENGAGED: “IT’S TIME TO FINISH THE JOB”
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KABESA AND THE NIGHTMARE READY FOR WAR AT EFC 99!
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EFC 99 WSB BETTING ODDS
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ITS FRIGHT WEEK AS SMILEY FACES THE NIGHTMARE!
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EFC 99 COUNTDOWN SHOW
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Kabesa to defend belt against The Nightmare at EFC 99
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THE KING IS BACK!
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WHO’S THE KING?
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EFC 95 PRE-EVENT CONFERENCE
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MASSIVE WINNING OPPORTUNITIES AT EFC 95!
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KABESA AND SIMOES TO CLASH FOR THE ULTIMATE PRIZE AT EFC 95!
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EFC 95 COUNTDOWN SHOW
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THE GORILLA’S REIGN OF DOMINANCE BEGINS
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POTENTIAL HIGH REWARDS AT EFC 93!
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
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EFC 93 COUNTDOWN
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DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS
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THE SHOW HAS STOPPED
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The Countdown to EFC 89 Has Begun
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EFC 86 Post Event Presser
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EFC 86 Results
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BIG MONEY OPPORTUNITY
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EFC 86 WEIGH-IN
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EFC 86 Weigh-in Results
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IT ALL GOES DOWN THIS SATURDAY!
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COUNTDOWN TO EFC 86
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EFC 86 Free Fight: Kabesa vs Caput
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EFC 86 Kabesa vs Ekson, Ilunga vs Kanyeba 2 – Teaser
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Journey to the Belt: Igeu Kabesa – Premieres This Friday
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TF2 AND EFC 80 A HIT ON TV!
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EFC 79 Post Event Presser
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EFC 79: Igeu Kabesa Hexagon Interview
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‘SMILEY’ DEMOLISHES CROATIA’S ‘COWBOY’
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EFC 79 Weigh-In
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EFC 79 Fight Card
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KABESA SEES “NO CHALLENGE” IN ‘CROATIAN COWBOY’
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EFC 79 Kabesa & Caput Live on eNCA
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EFC 79 Free Fight: Kabesa vs Silva
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#EFC79 COUNTDOWN BEGINS NOW!
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Countdown to EFC 79 Kabesa vs Caput
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THE UNDISPUTED TAKES ON THE UNDEFEATED
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EFC 78 Engaged Episode 1
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WARRIOR TILL THE END
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EFC 74 Post Event Press Conference
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KABESA SMASHES MURRIE FOR FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
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EFC 74 Engaged Episode 3
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EFC 74 Weigh-In Highlights
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EFC 74 Weigh-In
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CHAMP KABESA HUNTING SCOTTISH SCALP
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THE BIGGEST FIGHT WEEK IN HISTORY
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EFC 74 Press Conference Highlights
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AFRICA FAVOURITE OVER EUROPE AT EFC 74
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EFC 74 Fight Week Press Conference
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FIGHT WEEK PRESSER TOMORROW
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
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Kabesa Breaks Down Murrie
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KABESA & MURRIE OPEN WORKOUT & FACE-OFF SATURDAY
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9 DAYS TO #EFC74
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Countdown to EFC 74 Kabesa vs Murrie
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EFC 74 Igeu Kabesa – Chalkboard Checklist
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EFC 74 Tickets on Sale Now
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EFC 74 Kabesa vs Murrie – Promo
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UNDISPUTED CHAMP KABESA TO DEFEND AGAINST SCOTLAND’S MURRIE
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EFC at the 2018 Sports Industry Awards
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Igeu Kabesa on Zulu vs Alves at EFC 71
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DRAGON ENERGY – EFC 67’s MOST EXPLOSIVE moment
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EFC 67 Post Event Press Conference
‘BEASTY BARBIE’ CROWNED STRAWWEIGHT QUEEN
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‘BEASTY BARBIE’ CROWNED STRAWWEIGHT QUEEN
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EFC 67 Engaged: Episode 6
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EFC 67 Engaged: Episode 5
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EFC 67 Weigh-In
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I WILL FIGHT UNTIL THE END
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THE DOCTOR DOMINATES THE ODDS
EFC 67 Fight Week Face-offs
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EFC 67 Fight Week Face-offs
EFC 67 Kabesa & Silva on Saturday’s fight change
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EFC 67 Kabesa & Silva on Saturday’s fight change
05 March - BRAZIL’S SILVA REPLACES ALLEN AGAINST KABESA
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BRAZIL’S SILVA REPLACES ALLEN AGAINST KABESA
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Short Engaged
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EFC 67 Countdown Premieres this Sunday
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EFC 67 Countdown – Extended Preview
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COUNTDOWN TO EFC 67 HAS BEGUN!
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VICTORY FOR KABESA 2 WEEKS OUT
ALLEN LOOKS TO PULL FROM FIGHT
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ALLEN LOOKS TO PULL FROM FIGHT
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EFC 67 Throwback – Kabesa vs H. Botha
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EFC 67 Kabesa vs Allen, Eliasov vs Penco – Promo
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DRAGON ENERGY SETS THE PACE FOR 2018

Action Shots

  • EFC – 104 – 15 June 2023
  • EFC – 79 – 04 May 2019
  • EFC – 74 – 06 October 2018
  • EFC – 67 – 10 March 2018
  • EFC – 57 – 04 March 2017
  • EFC – 57 – 04 March 2017

Fight History

Pro Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
  • Kaleka Kabanda
    EFC 112
    Win
    R1 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
  • Reinaldo Ekson
    EFC 110
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Bradley Swanepoel
    EFC 99
    R1 TKO (Strikes)
  • Nerik Simoes
    EFC 95
    R3 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
  • Ashley Calvert
    EFC 93
    Win
    R1 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
  • Reinaldo Ekson
    EFC 86
    R1 Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)
  • Karlo Caput
    EFC 79
    R1 KO (Punches)
  • Calum Murrie
    EFC 74
    R5 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Paulo Silva
    EFC 67
    Win
    R2 TKO (Spinning Elbow)
  • Pierre Botha
    EFC 62
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Daniel Henry
    EFC 57
    R1 Submission (D’Arce Choke)
  • Hanru Botha
    EFC 56
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Daniel Henry
    EFC 47
    R5 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Peter Queally
    EFC 40
    Win
    R3 Decision (Split)
  • Saxon Delafield
    EFC 38
    Win
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Barend Nienaber
    EFC 36
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Regis Muyambo
    EFC 30
    Win
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Johan van Staden
    EFC 26
    Win
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Chad Hepburn
    EFC 25
    Win
    R3 Decision (Unanimous)

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

HERO?

Jordan Peterson

HOW DID YOU GET INTO MMA?

I saw it on TV and I left like they lied when they called some fighters wrestlers so I had to show the world I’m the best in the country.

WHAT ARE YOUR LIFE ACHIEVEMENTS?

25 time national wrestling champion, 2x EFC world champion, TF2 assistant coach, Public speaker

WHAT ARE YOUR FIGHT ACCOLADES?

2x EFC World Champion

WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT JOB?

Personal Trainer

FAMILY LIFE?

Wife and 3 kids

WHAT CAN THE FIGHT WORLD EXPECT FROM YOU?

Always expect the best kind of me. Growth is key so there is always something new coming!

Added Detail

  • Was orphaned and became SA wrestling Champion
  • Undefeated as an amateur
  • Debuted against EFC veteran Chad Hepburn and won ‘Fight of the Night’ Bonus
  • He was the AFL (Amateur Fight Legue) Champion and a 10x Wrestling Nationals Champion

Key Opponents

Notable Fights

  • Opponent
    Event
    Result
  • Saxon Delafield
    EFC 38
    Win
  • Peter Queally
    EFC 40
    Win
  • Daniel Henry
    EFC 47
    Win
  • Hanru Botha
    EFC 56
    Win
Igeu   Kabesa