Johannesburg, South Africa – EFC 96 was an exhilarating card headlined by two title fights. EFC Flyweight Champion, Luthando Biko, successfully defended his title for the first time, plus Nicholas Hwende fought in the co-main event against Gian Souza, and managed to win the interim Bantamweight title in remarkable fashion with a vicious barrage of strikes that led to a TKO victory late in the third round for the Zimbabwean.

Shortly after his spectacular victory, becoming only the third Zimbabwean champion in EFC history and claiming his third Restonic performance bonus, Hwende let it be known that he had sustained an injury to his hand early in the first round, but continued on to win.

EFC prides itself on providing the best medical care for its athletes, even without a medical insurance partner, and undertook all of Hwende’s medical expenses for the corrective surgery that was recommended by the EFC medical team.

EFC President, Cairo Howarth, expressed his feelings on Hwende’s performance: “Nicholas is a world class athlete, as he proved with his dominant win last Thursday against a top Brazilian opponent – and he put on that impressive performance despite breaking his hand in the first round!”

Howarth went on to state: “We are pleased to have arranged and covered the costs for the best possible surgeon, hospital, doctors and treatment to get Nicholas back to 100% as soon as possible.”

The EFC team caught up with Hwende post-surgery on Tuesday, and the champion provided an update for fight fans anticipating his return.

EFC President, Cairo Howarth, had one final statement:
“We are extremely thankful to all the EFC partners that contribute to the organisation and the sport of MMA on the continent. Without them this top-class medical care would not be possible.”

The EFC wishes Nicholas Hwende a speedy and full recovery, and eagerly awaits his return to the Hexagon as champion!