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GRANDWEST ON A KNIFE'S EDGE

Tempers flare at weigh-in ahead of EFC 39

06 May 2015

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Heavyweight’s Brendon Groenewald (L) and Andrew van Zyl (R) face off ahead of their title fight

EFC Heavyweight Championship

BRENDON GROENEWALD VS. ANDREW VAN ZYL

PLUS

GIDEON DROTSCHIE VS. TUMELO MAPHUTHA


DON MADGE vs. REGIS MUYAMBO
CHAMPION DALCHA vs. IRSHAAD SAYED
IRSHAAD SAYED vs. OUMPIE SEBEKO

AND

LUKE MICHAEL vs. SIBUSISO MDOKO
SHAUN DE LANGE vs. MARK HULME
MARCEL TENIERS vs. JOE CUMMINS
CAMERON PRITCHARD vs. PUPANGA TRESOR
SIZWE MNIKATHI vs. MAMOUDOU TOURE
DIDIER NYEMBWE vs. QUAID OPENSHAW
MARK MOLEKE vs. KALEKA KABANDA

Cape Town, South Africa - The official weigh-in for EFC 39 took place in front of an excited crowd in the Market Hall, GrandWest this afternoon. The room was swarming with many of Cape Town’s loudest MMA fans showing support for their hometown heroes as they stepped onto the scale.

The heavyweight champion Brendon Groenewald and challenger Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl were the epitome of calm as they stepped on the scale and faced-off, a day before what is sure to be one of the most explosive bouts of the year. Neither showed any signs of nerves before the biggest battle of their careers.

“I like to bang and tomorrow that’s what I am going to do,” stated the challenger when asked what his thoughts were ahead of the bout.

Featuring on the main card, Gideon ‘Juggernaut’ Drotschie takes on Tumelo ‘The Truck’ Maphutha in a number one contender bout. The winner will earn the right to challenge Norman ‘Chef’ Wessels for his light heavyweight title. Neither athlete can afford to leave anything in the Hexagon with a shot at the title on the line.

Also on the main card, fans are looking forward to a battle with two of Cape Town’s most favoured sons. Don ‘Magic Man’ Madge and Regis Muyambo faced-off ahead of their highly anticipated fight. In what many are predicting to be a walk in the park for Madge, Muyambo has nothing to lose and will be going all out for a career defining bout.

Fans erupted with chants for DRC native Champion Dalcha on stage. What started off on as an intense stare down between Dalcha and England’s Yannick Bahati, quickly escalated to butting heads. The two athletes were forcibly separated by extra security.

The opening of the main card will see Cape Town’s Irshaad ‘White Tiger’ Sayed take on Oumpie ‘Lion Heart’ Sebeko from Johannesburg. Sebeko’s coach and Sayed have been exchanging over twitter throughout he build up to weigh-in and the dislike for each other was palpable when Sayed and Sebeko clashed heads for the first time. Before the two were separated, Sebeko managed to slap Sayed. Ever the showman, Sayed responded on twitter immediately after the weigh-in with: “That was the only time you will be able to lay a hand on me Oumpie, come tomorrow I will destroy you.”

In addition to a stacked main card, EFC will see England’s Joe ‘Silk’ Cummins in his EFC debut against Cape Town’s Marcel ‘Little Hammer’ Teniers in what can be described as potential technical war, plus former lightweight contender Sibusiso Mdoko takes on up-and-comer Luke Michael.

EFC 39 weigh-in results were as follows:

Bout 1 : Welterweight bout
Mark Moleke 75.70kg
Kaleka Kabanda 75.84kg

Bout 2 : Middleweight bout
Didier Nyembwe 82.92 kg
Quaid Openshaw 83.40kg

Bout 3 : Lightweight bout
Sizwe Mnikathi 70.40kg
Mamoudou Toure 68.42kg

Bout 4 : Welterweight bout
Cameron Pritchard 76.10kg
Pupanga Tresor 77.00kg

Bout 5 : Welterweight bout
Marcel Teniers 76.50kg
Joe Cummins 76.80kg

Bout 6 : Welterweight bout
Shaun de Lange 76.80kg
Mark Hulme 76.50kg

Bout 7 : Lightweight bout
Luke Michael 77.00kg
Sibusiso Mdoko 77.00kg

Bout 8 : Bantamweight bout
Irshaad Sayed 60.85kg
Oumpie Sebeko 61.00kg

Bout 9 : Catchweight bout
Champion Dalcha 87.40kg
Yannick Bahati 87.60kg

Bout 10 : Lightweight bout
Don Madge 69.90kg
Regis Muyambo 69.80kg

Bout 11 : Light Heavyweight bout
Gideon Drotschie 91.90kg
Tumelo Maphutha 92.50kg

Bout 12 : Heavyweight title bout
Brendon Groenewald 114.40kg
Andrew van Zyl 115.50kg

EFC 39: Groenewald vs. van Zyl, presented by BetXchange.com, and takes place at GrandWest, Cape Town, on Thursday 7 May 2015. Tickets on sale at www.computicket.com. Book your cinema ticket to all fights live and in state of the art digital projection at www.sterkinekor.com.


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