Sparks Fly At Grandwest
Huge fights expected at EFC AFRICA 25
06 November 2013
EFC AFRICA Lightweight Championship
DON MADGE VS. LEON MYNHARDT
EFC AFRICA Light heavyweight Championship
GIDEON DROTSCHIE VS. FRASER OPIE
PLUSMICHIEL OPPERMAN vs. FRANCOIS KABULU
BRENDON GROENEWALD vs. BERNARDO MIKIXI
VANDAM MBUYI vs. SORS GROBBELAAR
ANDSEAN ROBINSON vs. CHRIS DU PONT
CHRISTOPHE WALRAVENS vs. ROELOF SCHEEPERS
MORNE PRINSLOO vs. MARCEL TENIERS
BRUNO MUKULU vs. JUAN LUBBE
CAHD HEPBURN vs. IGEU KABESA
DONALD NZIRAWA vs. REGIS MUYAMBO
SHAUN DE LANGE vs. BOOTO GUYLAIN
LOURENS BOTES vs. BONEY BUKAKA
Johannesburg (South Africa) - Cape Town rocked this afternoon when the EFC AFRICA 25 weigh-in took place in the Market Hall at GrandWest. Fight fans were treated to lightweight champion Don Madge and challenger Leon Mynhardt facing off, as well as co-main event athletes light heavyweight champion Gideon Drotschie and Fraser Opie.
Proceedings were smooth as 26 athletes in total hit the scales, comprising of men hailing from as far afield as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and as close to home as lifelong Cape Town residents Madge and Drotschie.
The two defending champions drew cheers that seemed to lift the roof as they hit the stage.
All athletes made their required weight with ease, with some face-offs promised huge aggression tomorrow night.
The Angolan wrecking machine Bernardo Mikixi, a man who made Cape Town his home when he first emigrated to South Africa, and Table View resident Brendon Groenewald were the standouts, staring each other down with evil intent.
Crowd support was at fever pitch with various gyms trailing armies of support. Parklands’ Panther Fighting Arts are fielding a record five athletes on tomorrow night’s card and deafened with their cheers.
Light heavyweight champion Gideon Drotschie (Rico Hattingh’s MMA) inspired a wave of vocal support from the crowd, but lightweight champion Don Madge (Pride Fighting Academy) was undoubtedly the clear crowd favourite.
Notable bouts taking place tomorrow night are the two championship fights, and the top welterweight title contender bout between former champion Michiel Opperman and the DRC’s Francois Kabulu - undefeated in four straight bouts.
Former title contender and kickboxing expert Sors Grobbelaar clashes with the massive Vandam Mbuyi at heavyweight, and on the prelim card the as yet undefeated Morne Prinsloo has a chance to take a step closer to the highest welterweight ranks against Dragon Power Muay Thai’s debutant; Marcel Teniers.
EFC AFRICA 25 Weigh-in results were as follows:
Bout 1 : Bantamweight bout
Lourens Botes 60.90kg
Boney Bukaka 60.00kg
Bout 2 : Middleweight bout
Shaun de Lange 83.00kg
Boobo Guylain 83.10kg
Bout 3 : Lightweight bout
Donald Nzirawa 70.00kg
Regis Muyambo 69.05kg
Bout 4 : Lightweight bout
Chad Hepburn 69.60kg
Igeu Kabesa 69.35kg
Bout 5 : Welterweight bout
Bruno Mukulu 75.85kg
Juan Lubbe 77.00kg
Bout 6 : Welterweight bout
Morne Prinsloo 76.85kg
Marcel Teniers 76.35kg
Bout 7 : Heavyweight bout
Christophe Walravens 108.90kg
Roelof Scheepers 103.70kg
Bout 8 : Light Heavyweight bout
Sean Robinson 92.60kg
Chris du Pont 92.95kg
Bout 9 : Heavyweight bout
Vandam Mbuyi 108.00kg
Sors Grobbelaar 118.00kg
Bout 10 : Heavyweight bout
Brendon Groenewald 112.00kg
Bernardo Mikixi 109.00kg
Bout 11 : Welterweight bout
Michiel Opperman 76.90kg
Francois Kabulu 76.90kg
Bout 12 : Light heavyweight championship bout
Gideon Drotschie 91.80kg
Fraser Opie 92.80kg
Bout 13: Lightweight championship bout
Don Madge 69.95kg
Leon Mynhardt 69.90kg
EFC AFRICA 25, presented by MusclePharm, takes place on Thursday 07 November at the GrandWest Grand Arena, Cape Town. Tickets on sale now at www.computicket.com. Broadcast information and full fight card available at efcafrica.com