IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS

Final face-offs at weigh-in mark the end of the campaign and the start of the fight

12 May 2017

IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS
Dricus du Plessis (left) faces-off with Jose Da Rocha (right) ahead of their welterweight title fight at Carnival City

WELTERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
DRICUS DU PLESSIS VS JOSE DA ROCHA

Plus
SHAUN DE LANGE VS JOE CUMMINS

FRANCOIS GROENEWALD VS PHILLIPE ROUCH
AZI THOMAS VS PIERRE BOTHA

ALAIN ILUNGA VS BAREND NIENABER


NIEL DU PLESSIS VS BRUNO MUKULU

RICKY MISHOLAS VS THABANI MNDEBELE

ANICET KANYEBA VS ROB SIMBOWE

CONRAD SEABI VS KALEKA KABANDA

TC KHUSU VS GUY MONGAMBI
NICO YAMDJIE VS MPATHA MIKIXI

NERICK SIMOES VS TREZEGEUT KANYINDA


Johannesburg, South Africa - Tomorrow night 24 of the world’s top MMA athletes will go head-to-head in the Hexagon. Today, at the weigh-ins they faced off for the last time.

Hosted at Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre, the official EFC 59 weigh-in gave fans a live forewarning of the carnage that will occur.

Saturday night’s fight card is headlined by the phenomenal 23 year old Dricus Du Plessis’ first welterweight title defense. He faces Brazil’s hardened Jose De Rocha, an unknown and dangerous entity for the South African.

Du Plessis’ intent was palpable as he took stock of his opponent. Da Rocha was just as intense, leaning in to accept the challenge of the South African, carrying the hopes of his country on his shoulders.

“Any opponent, anytime, anywhere. said Du Plessis. “No matter where it goes, I’ll be ready for it.”

“I am not afraid, I am here to perform,” responded Da Rocha via the means of an interpreter.

Preceding the title bout is the match up between England’s Joe Cummins, and South Africa’s Shaun De Lange. Both are renowned crowd pleasers, with De Lange trailing two ‘fight of the night’ awards and a string of brutal performances.

De Lange rushed in to meet Cummins, who stood quiet as his opponent showboated in front of him. They are committed strikers interested in trading punches. An unforgettable bout seems inevitable.

Making his EFC Worldwide debut, France’s Phillipe Rouch roared at the crowd before sizing up his South African opponent Francois Groenewald. Groenewald is a former title contender, and the winner of tomorrow night’s bout may well be booking a shot against undefeated champion, Angola’s Demarte Pena.

Welshman Azi Thomas has been making equal amounts of friends and enemies with his outspoken press antics, backed with fists dialed just as high. He has openly mocked his opponent, commonwealth wrestling champion Pierre Botha, and again let rip with a stream of abuse when the two met.

It’s clear that their bout tomorrow night has crossed the line from professional pride to personal. Love Thomas or hate him, fans across the world are glued to the outcome.

Opening tomorrow’s main card is the DRC’s Alain Ilunga against South Africa’s Barend Nienaber. Representing the legendary rivalry between fight camps Fight Fit Militia (Ilunga) and Team CIT (Nienaber), they were all business as they stared each other down.

On tomorrow night’s prelim card it was the heavyweights that made a lasting impression. Nico Yamdjie vs Mpatha Mikixi pits the Cameroon against the DRC, and Ricky Misholas vs Thabani Mndebele the DRC against South Africa.

Seeing the big men face off was a thing to behold, two mountains of muscle quietly promising violence, their intensity stilling the crowd.

TC Khusu, Conrad Seabi, Nerrick Simoes, Trezegeut Kanyinda all over their designated weight catergories and opted to take a financial penalty.

The official EFC 59 weigh-in results are as follows:

Fight 1: Featherweight
Nerrick Simoes 67.10kg

Trezegeut Kanyinda 67.05kg

Fight 2: Heavyweight
Pathy Mikixi 111.20kg

Nico Yamdjie 117.70kg

Fight 3: Flyweight
Guy Mongambi 56.70kg
TC Khusu 58.50kg

Fight 4: Welterweight
Kaleka Kabanda 76.25kg

Conrad Seabi 77.30kg

Fight 5: Lightweight
Robert Simbowe 70.00kg

Anicet Kanyeba 69.70kg

Fight 6: Heavyweight
Thabani Mndebela 105.00kg

Ricky Misholas 110.70kg

Fight 7: Welterweight
Bruno Mukulu 76.45kg

Niel du Plessis 76.90kg

Fight 8: Lightweight
Barend Nienaber 69.50kg

Alain Ilunga 69.70kg

Fight 9: Featherweight
Pierre Botha 65.90kg

Azi Thomas 66.20kg

Fight 10: Bantamweight
Phillipe Rouch 60.80kg

Francois Groenewald 60.60kg

Fight 11: Welterweight
Joe Cummins 76.90kg

Shaun de Lange 76.95kg

Fight 12: Welterweight Title Fight
Jose Da Rocha 76.95kg
Dricus du Plessis 76.80kg

EFC 59: Du Plessis vs Da Rocha, brought to you by BetXchange.com, takes place on Saturday 13 May 2017 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale at www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00(CAT). Full broadcast details available on www.efcworldwide.com.


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