Igeu   "Smiley"   Kabesa

Featherweight
Fighter's record
[W L D] : 11 - 1 - 0
  • Submission : 2 Wins - 1 Losses
  • TKO/KO : 4 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Decision : 5 Wins - 0 Losses
  • Age : 24
  • Height : 5'9" (1.75m)
  • Reach : 74,49" (185cm)
  • Leg Span : 41,34" (106cm)
  • Stance :
  • BG Discipline : Wrestling
  • Strengths : World class wrestling pedigree
    Highly skilled all rounder
    Able to construct finishes
  • From : South Africa
  • Fighting out of : Alberton, Johannesburg
  • Gym : The Tribe
  • Trainer : Walter Wendt
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
LITTLE GIANT TO FACE ENGLAND’S HIGNETT
EFC 62: Post Event Press Conference
EFC 62: Press Conference Highlights
Countdown to EFC 62: Kabesa vs Botha
EFC 62 Fight Interview: Igeu Kabesa
EFC 62: Bahati vs Du Plessis, Zulu vs Chipfumbu - Promo
MAKE MONEY ON BUIRSKI & BOTHA WITH SUPABETS
EFC 56 - EACH FIGHT AS BIG AS THE NEXT
EFC 56: MEDIA DAY – FREE FAN EVENT
2 WEEKS TO FINAL EFC EVENT OF THE YEAR - EFC 56
KABESA VS BOTHA TITLE FIGHT POSTPONED
KABESA KNOCKED OUT IN PREPERATION FOR BOTHA
KABESA: JUST BEING SIGNED TO FIGHT ME GIVES YOUR CAREER CREDIBILITY
SOUTH AFRICA VERSUS THE WORLD AT EFC 51
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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
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EFC 47: Countdown Preview
NO STEPPING BACK
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NO STEPPING BACK
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LATEST EFC ATHLETE SIGNED TO COMPETE IN UFC OCTAGON
LITTLE GIANT TO FACE ENGLAND’S HIGNETT
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LITTLE GIANT TO FACE ENGLAND’S HIGNETT
EFC 62: Highlights
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EFC 62: Highlights
EFC 62: Post Event Press Conference
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EFC 62: Post Event Press Conference
EFC 62: Weigh-in
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EFC 62: Weigh-in
EFC 62: Press Conference Highlights
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EFC 62: Press Conference Highlights
EFC 62: Press Conference
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EFC 62: Press Conference
Countdown to EFC 62: Kabesa vs Botha
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Countdown to EFC 62: Kabesa vs Botha
EFC 62 Fight Interview: Igeu Kabesa
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EFC 62 Fight Interview: Igeu Kabesa
EFC 62: Bahati vs Du Plessis, Zulu vs Chipfumbu - Promo
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EFC 62: Bahati vs Du Plessis, Zulu vs Chipfumbu – Promo
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ALL EFC 57 FIGHTS AVAILABLE TO WATCH NOW
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EFC 57: Post-Event Press Conference
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EFC 57: Weigh-In
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KICKING OFF THE YEAR IN STYLE
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FULL BETXCHANGE.COM ODDS REVEALED
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FIGHT WEEK INTERVIEWS
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HENRY LOOKING TO FIGHT ALLEN NEXT
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EFC 57 Fight Week Interview: Igeu Kabesa vs Danny Henry
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Countdown to EFC 57: Kabesa vs Henry
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
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Henry vs Kabesa Throwback
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WORLD CONFLICT AT THE FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
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MAIN CARD EXCITEMENT FOR FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
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GORIMBO VS KARAM OFF
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VAN STADEN TO TACKLE HOLLEY AT FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR
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EFC 57: Kabesa vs Henry 2 – Promo
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DOUBLE DOSE OF EFC EVERY WEEK
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SCOTLAND’S DANNY HENRY STEPS IN TO FACE KABESA
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HENRY OPENS AS BETXCHANGE.COM FAVOURITE OVER KABESA
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TICKETS TO KABESA VS ALLEN ARE OPEN
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GORIMBO LOOKING TO STOP KARAM
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EFC 57: Kabesa vs Allen, Zulu vs Buys – Promo
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THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE
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SABC STRIKES HISTORIC DEAL WITH EFC
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“OVER TURN IT TO A NO CONTEST”
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NEW YEAR, NEW VENUES, NEW SATURDAY FIGHT NIGHTS
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KABESA VERSUS ALLEN IS ON
WHAT A NIGHT, WHAT A YEAR
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WHAT A NIGHT, WHAT A YEAR
TEMPERS FLARE AT WEIGH-IN
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TEMPERS FLARE AT WEIGH-IN
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Igeu Kabesa: Smiling in the Face of Adversity
MAKE MONEY ON BUIRSKI & BOTHA WITH SUPABETS
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MAKE MONEY ON BUIRSKI & BOTHA WITH SUPABETS
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EFC 56 Media Day: Kabesa vs Botha
IT'S FIGHT WEEK! - EFC 56
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IT’S FIGHT WEEK!
EFC 56 - EACH FIGHT AS BIG AS THE NEXT
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EFC 56 – EACH FIGHT AS BIG AS THE NEXT
EFC 56: MEDIA DAY – FREE FAN EVENT
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EFC 56: MEDIA DAY – FREE FAN EVENT
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Countdown to EFC 56: Kabesa vs Botha
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Countdown to EFC 56: Du Plessis vs Haratyk
2 WEEKS TO FINAL EFC EVENT OF THE YEAR - EFC 56
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2 WEEKS TO FINAL EFC EVENT OF THE YEAR
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EFC 56: Du Plessis vs Haratyk, Bahati vs Buirski, Kabesa vs Botha – Promo
FIGHT CARD UPDATES - EFC 51
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FIGHT CARD UPDATES
KABESA VS BOTHA TITLE FIGHT POSTPONED
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KABESA VS BOTHA TITLE FIGHT POSTPONED
KABESA KNOCKED OUT IN PREPERATION FOR BOTHA
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KABESA KNOCKED OUT IN PREPERATION FOR BOTHA
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EFC 51: Mynhardt vs Mazany, Kabesa vs Botha
KABESA: JUST BEING SIGNED TO FIGHT ME GIVES YOUR CAREER CREDIBILITY
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KABESA: JUST BEING SIGNED TO FIGHT ME GIVES YOUR CAREER CREDIBILITY
SOUTH AFRICA VERSUS THE WORLD AT EFC 51
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SOUTH AFRICA VERSUS THE WORLD AT EFC 51

Action Shots

  • 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
  • Calum Murrie
    EFC 74
    R5 Decision (Unanimous)
  • Paulo Silva
    EFC 67
    Win
    R2 TKO (Punches)
  • Pierre Botha
    EFC 62
    R1 TKO (Punches)
  • Daniel Henry
    EFC 57
    R1 Submission (Anaconda Choke)
  • Hanru Botha
    EFC 56
    R1 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
  • Daniel Henry
    EFC 47
    R5 Unanimous Decision
  • Peter Queally
    EFC 40
    Win
    R3 Split Decision
  • Saxon Delafield
    EFC 38
    Win
    R1 TKO
  • Barend Nienaber
    EFC 36
    Win
    R3 Unanimous Decision
  • Regis Muyambo
    EFC 30
    Win
    R2 TKO
  • Johan van Staden
    EFC 26
    Win
    R1 Submission (Armbar)
  • Chad Hepburn
    EFC 25
    Win
    R3 Unanimous Decision

Exhibition Fight History

  • Opponent
  • Event
  • Result
  • Method
    No fights recorded

Fighters Biography

Background disciplines?

Wrestling

When & why did you start martial arts training?

I wrestled since I was 8 years old and just wanted to step it up.

How and why did you transition to MMA?

I just started loving it when I watched it on T.V and I knew I would be great at it.

What ranks & titles have you held?

13X SA wrestling Champion
AFL Featherweight Champion

How did you get your fight name?

I got it from wrestling, I was 9 years old and always smiling because I loved competing.

Favoured technique?

I don’t really have one, I fight to win and not show off.

Who is your hero, and why?

It was The Hulk, but now I don’t have one.

What other interesting information can you tell us about yourself?

I like my music and basketball and just love training.

What does it mean for you to fight in EFC?

Well it was amazing at first, but now it’s normal. It is great to know I am one of the best in Africa.

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