TRIPLE THREAT AT EFC 44
Three title fights on the line at Carnival City
03 October 2015
Champion Andrew van Zyl (left) faces off with French challenger Cyril Asker (right)
Heavyweight Title FightANDREW VAN ZYL VS. CYRIL ASKER
Lightweight Title FightLEON MYNHARDT vs. THEMBA GORIMBO
Featherweight Title FightBOYD ALLEN vs. DANNY HENRY
PLUSDANELLA ELIASOV VS. MICOL DI SEGNI
OUMPIE SEBEKO vs. PETER NYIDE
CAMERON MEINTJES vs. QUAID OPENSHAW
COLE HENNING vs. SHOGUN DJEMBO
WADE SAGE vs. STEFAN PRETORIUS
PIETIE COXEN vs. HORATIUS ALONU
ANICET KANYEBA vs. JEFF MADIBA
Johannesburg, South Africa – The official EFC 44 ‘Foreign Invasion’ weigh-in took place earlier today at Carnival City. Featuring many of the most experienced EFC athletes and an unprecedented three title fights, fans witnessed intense face-offs between their favourite stars ahead of tomorrow’s main event and the biggest fight card in EFC history.
Headlining EFC 44 is the heavyweight championship bout between the dominant Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl and France’s Cyril ‘Silverback’ Asker. The two behemoths of similar styles stood face-to-face for the last time before they finally meet inside the EFC Hexagon.
The champion, van Zyl, stated in his interview after getting off the weigh-in, “I’ve won and lost it and won it again. No one is going to take this belt from me.”
In the penultimate bout of the evening, lightweight champion Leon ‘Iron Lion’ Mynhardt took his time as if to taunt his Zimbabwean challenger Themba ‘The Answer’ Gorimbo who bounced around impatient while waiting to face-off. One the two stood eye-to-eye the intensity between the two became palpable, with cheers and boos echoing around the room.
Gorimbo stated in his interview, “I visualised this moment 4 years ago and tomorrow I take the belt!” Meanwhile, in stark contrast the relaxed champion Mynhardt simply thanked his fans, “Thanks to everyone for coming to support. I love you all.”
The first title fight on the night sees the exceptional featherweight champion and hometown hero Boyd Allen defend his belt against dangerous Scotsman Danny Henry in what is expected to be a technical war and Allen’s biggest threat yet. The two respectful athletes faced off, with loud cheering from the supportive local crowd.
The Scottish challenger Henry confidently stated, “I’m going home with that belt!” Unfased by the challenger’s statement, Allen simply stated, “We are going to put on a show for you guys.”
Also featuring on the main card, the darling of South African MMA Danella Eliasov faces Italian amateur world champion Micol Di Segni. A bout that fans have dubbed ‘The Psychiatrist vs. The Suicide Girl’ has been receiving massive media attention with the athlete’s contrasting lifestyles outside of the Hexagon. Fireworks are expected when these two ladies finally meet tomorrow night.
Rounding off the main card sees two fan favourites in what is expected to be a ‘Fight of the Night’ barn burner, when Oumpie ‘Lion Heart’ Sebeko faces Peter ‘Kratos’ Nyide. Sebeko walked on stage with a crown on his head as a statement of confidence ahead of the fight. Both men stood nose-to-nose with neither backing down or wanting to show any weakness.
Two athletes initially failed to make weight. Sage opted to receive a financial penalty while Djembo made weight within the allotted extra time.
The full EFC 44 weigh-in results were as follows:
Bout 1 : Featherweight bout
Anicet Kanyeba 69.95kg
Jeff Madiba 69.85kg
Bout 2 : Welterweight bout
Pietie Coxen 77.00 kg
Horatius Alonu 76.30kg
Bout 3 : Welterweight bout
Wade Sage 78.30kg
Stefan Pretorius 76.70kg
Bout 4 : Lightweight bout
Cole Henning 70.00kg
Shogun Djembo 70.00kg
Bout 5: Middleweight bout
CAMERON MEINTJIES 83.70kg
Quaid Openshaw 83.70kg
Bout 6 : Catchweight bout
Oumpie Sebeko 63.00kg
Peter Nyide 63.00kg
Bout 7 : Flyweight bout
Danella Eliasov 56.85kg
Micol Di Segni 56.70kg
Bout 8 : Featherweight Title bout
Boyd Allen 65.75kg
Danny Henry 65.70kg
Bout 9 : Lightweight Title bout
Leon Mynhardt 69.30kg
Themba Gorimbo 69.70kg
Bout 10 : Heavyweight Title bout
Andrew van Zyl 117.65kg
Cyril Asker 110.00kg
EFC 44: Van Zyl vs. Asker, Mynhardt vs. Gorimbo, Allen vs. Henry, presented by BetXchange.com, and takes place at Carnival City, Johannesburg, on Saturday 03 October 2015. Tickets available at www.computicket.com.