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Foreigners leave their mark on the EFC 49 official weigh-in

12 May 2016

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MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
JP KRUGER VS YANNICK BAHATI

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ANDREW VAN ZYL VS TOMASZ KOWALKOWSKI
THEMBA GORIMBO VS JOE CUMMINS
ABDUL HASSAN VS JP BUYS
BRENDON KATZ VS WESLEY HAWKEY

WILHELM STRAUSS VS WESSEL MOSTERT
MTHOBISI BUTHELEZI VS SFISO NGCOBO
MARK KAMBA VS MZWANDILE HLONGWA
JEFF MADIBA VS ALAIN ILUNGA
BILL THUSI VS YUSUF HASSAN


Johannesburg, South Africa – Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre played host to the official EFC 49 weigh-in earlier today in front of a patriotic crowd. One thing is certain after the heated weigh-ins today, tomorrow’s fights are going to bring fireworks to the Big Top Arena.

The event is headlined by the vacant EFC middleweight title fight between fan favourite and East Rand native JP ‘Tinkerbell’ Kruger and the British behemoth, Yannick ‘Black Mamba’ Bahati. The tension peaked when Kruger and Bahati faced-off as the mood took a more aggressive turn from last week’s more respectful media day. Upon facing off, Bahati shoved Kruger back in a show of superior physicality.

Kruger responded in his home language quoting an African proverb, “Mountains may never meet, but real men do”, alluding to tomorrow’s fight. Kruger continued, “You don’t come to my country and not show respect. I am going to teach you some manners.” In his interview Bahati kept his comments simple, “I have said this before, he is sloppy on his feet and a white belt on the ground. I am going to pressure him and finish it.”

In the penultimate bout of the evening, South Africa’s Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl; a former two-time heavyweight champion, takes on the tallest man in the organization, Poland’s Tomasz “Kredka’ Kowalkowski. In contrast to the other bouts, the giant heavyweights carried a ‘still waters run deep’ air about them. While not openly aggressive, witnesses can look forward to an impending war.

A highly anticipated welterweight fight takes place between Zimbabwe’s submission specialist Themba ‘The Answer’ Gorimbo and England’s undefeated Joe ‘Silk’ Cummins. A fired up Gorimbo charged Cummins straight off the scale, with what has become his infamous pre-fight fire; while Cummins stood non-vexed by Gorimbo’s tactics.

Also featuring on the main card, two of the best grappler’s in the organization will meet when seasoned athlete Abdul ‘Hollywood’ Hassan and the promising JP Buys will go head-to-head. And set to open the main card sees a rematch filled with bad blood between Johannesburg’s Brendon Katz and Durban’s Wesley ‘Young Assassin’ Hawkey.

On the prelim card, a last minute fight change was announced thirty minutes before the official weigh-in took place. Jeff Madiba arrived at the pre-weigh-in medicals six kilograms’ overweight. It was decided by officials and EFC that the weight discrepancy between him and his scheduled opponent Amos Hlatswayo was too great and it was decided it would be unsafe to hold the bout. Alain Ilunga stepped in as a late replacement, as he had had his fight against Anicet Kanyeba cancelled two days ago.

The full EFC 49 weigh-in results were as follows:

Bout 1 : Bantamweight bout
Bill Thusi 61.00kg
Yusuf Hassan 60.60kg

Bout 2 : Welterweight bout
Jeff Madiba 74.25kg
Alain Ilunga 76.00kg

Bout 3 : Middleweight bout
Mark Kamba 80.65kg
Mzwandile Hlongwa 83.5kg

Bout 4 : Lightweight bout
Mthobisi Buthelezi 73.30kg
Sifiso Ngcobo 70.28kg

Bout 5: Heavyweight bout
Wilhelm Strauss 119.20kg
Wessel Mostert 118.35kg

Bout 6 : Featherweight bout
Brendon Katz 65.8kg
Wesley Hawkey 65.6kg

Bout 7 : Bantamweight bout
Abdul Hassan 60.85kg
JP Buys 61.00kg

Bout 8 : Welterweight bout
Themba Gorimbo 77.00kg
Joe Cummins 77.00kg

Bout 9 : Heavyweight bout
Andrew van Zyl 118.9kg
Tomasz Kowalkowski 107.75kg

Bout 10 : Vacant Middleweight itle bout
JP Kruger 83.70kg
Yannick Bahati 83.80kg

EFC 49: Kruger vs. Bahati, presented by BetXchange.com, Friday 13 May at Carnival City in Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale now at www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts including the heavyweight fight between South Africa’s van Zyl and Poland’s Kowalkowski will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com starting at 20:00 (CAT) and delayed live on e.tv after the 20:30 (CAT) movie.


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