EFC AFRICA Lightweight Championship
COSTA IOANNOU vs. ADAM SPEECHLY
EFC AFRICA Featherweight Championship
DEMARTE PENA vs. WESLEY HAWKEY
BERNARDO MIKIXI vs. MAHMOUD HASSAN
GARRETH MCLELLAN vs. DANIE VAN HEERDEN
JP KRUGER vs. MAWANDE VAPI
FRANCOIS KABULU vs. AMR WAHMAN
WENTZEL NEL vs. DENZIL WAIT
TERRENCE GRIESSEL vs. GARETH BUIRSKI
WADE GROTH vs. MARKUS TALJAARD
DAVID BUIRSKI vs. KELVIN MWALE
KOBA IAKOBIDZE vs. ALAIN ILUNGA
ALEX CHEBOUB vs. ASHLEY CALVERT
TSHIKANGU MAKUEBO vs. JAMES LE ROUX
Johannesburg (South Africa) – Intensity was at an all-time high at the weigh-in for EFC AFRICA 14, presented by MusclePharm. Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre was packed with mixed martial arts fans shouting support for their favourite athletes during 13 nail-biting stare-downs.
Featherweight champion Demarte Pena and challenger Wesley Hawkey both made weight, then butted heads and had to be pulled apart, promising to settle things in the hexagon tomorrow night.
Lightweight champion Costa Ioannou and challenger Adam Speechly also made weight. Unlike their featherweight counterparts, the lightweights displayed respect for each other as they shook hands and exchanged pleasantries ahead of their bout.
Wentzel Nel and Denzil Wait were all pushes and shoves as they locked eyes. Nel is a former lightweight champ hoping to regain a title at featherweight, while Wait needs a win to ignite his career. Only one hand will be raised in victory tomorrow night and both athletes are clearly feeling the pressure that thousands of live spectators and millions of TV viewers will bring.
At heavyweight, Angola’s Bernardo Mikixi stepped up to Egypt’s Mahmoud Hassan with bad intentions written all over his face, and with good reason, as the winner of this bout will go on to face EFC AFRICA heavyweight champion Ruan Potts later in the year.
Former middleweight champion Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan was livid as his opponent Danie ‘Pitbull’ van Heerden missed weight by 4kg. If Soldierboy is as aggressive and explosive tomorrow night as he was at weigh-in, MMA fans are in for fireworks!
Alex Cheboub, Denzil Wait and Danie van Heerden did not reach their divisions’ weight allowance and have 2 hours to make weight. Further information on these bouts will be made available ASAP.
James Le Roux 83kg
Tez Makuebo 81.4kg
Markus Taljaard 69.3kg
Wade Groth 70kg
Alain Ilunga 66.25kg
Koba Iakobidze 65.85kg
Kelvin Mwale 76.35kg
David Buirski 76.95kg
Ashley Calvert 69.45kg
Alex Cheboub 74kg
Mawande Vapi 82.7kg
JP Kruger 83.4kg
Terrence Griessel 66.1kg
Gareth Buirski 65.7kg
Amr Wahman 76.7kg
Francois Kabulu 76.3kg
Denzil Wait 67kg
Wentzel Nel 65.85kg
Garreth McLellan 84kg
Danie van Heerden 88.2kg
Mahmoud Hassan 105.4kg
Bernardo Mikixi 102.9kg
Bout 12 – Featherweight championship bout:
Wesley Hawkey 66kg
Demarte Pena 65.75kg
Bout 13 – Lightweight championship bout:
Adam Speechly 69.3kg
Costa Ioannou 69.85kg (current champion)
EFC AFRICA 14 takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on 1 June. Tickets on sale at Computicket www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available at www.numetro.co.za. The three main card bouts will be broadcast live across Africa on e.tv, starting at 22h30 CAT. Full event streamed live online.