EFC AFRICA Lightweight Championship
LEON MYNHARDT VS. FREDERICH NAUMANN
EFC AFRICA Bantamweight Championship
NKAZIMULO ZULU VS. CHARLIE WEYER
DONAVIN HAWKEY vs. DRICUS DU PLESSIS
FRASER OPIE vs. TUMELO MAPHUTHA
VANDAM MBUYI vs. BRENDAN GROENEWALD
WESLEY HAWKEY vs. GARETH BUIRSKI
ALEXANDER CHEBOUB vs. DAVID VAN SCHALKWYK
CEDRIC DOYLE vs. BONEY BUKAKA
FRANCOIS GROENWALD vs. PIERRE BOTHA
THEMBA GORIMBO vs. CHAZ WASSERMAN
BOOTO GUYLAIN vs. KERON DAVIES
JOSH MULLER vs. MARK HULME
BALDWIN MDLALOSE vs. DONNOVAN WILKEN
Johannesburg (South Africa) – The first EFC AFRICA event of 2014 kicked off with a bang at the official weigh-in at Carnival City today. 26 of the continent’s most dangerous combat athletes faced each other across the scale, in anticipation of a massively stacked card at tomorrow night’s event.
Frederich Naumann, the evening’s headlining lightweight title challenger, had the crowd screaming as he stood on the scale. Naumann is undefeated and the recipient of a record four performance of the night awards in 2013. He has vowed to finish the champion, Leon Mynhardt, in two rounds, and re-affirmed this today.
“I’m going to let the hands and feet go until the job is done,” he said.
“I don’t think talking works in a fight,” replied the champion a moment later, “prove it.”
Inaugural bantamweight contenders Nkazimulo Zulu and Charlie Weyer both hit their marks. Being former teammates they had a smile for each other at their face-off. Zulu had previously stated that he has no fear of Weyer, after dropping him in sparring on three occasions, which would have been on both of their minds.
The meeting of the legendary Donavin Hawkey, the most experienced athlete in the EFC AFRICA Hexagon, and the young former K1 world champion Dricus du Plessis, was a standout moment.
“Donavin is a legend, and this fight is going to make me a legend,” the young Du Plessis had stated previously. The man’s respect showed when he shook the veteran’s hand, as well as his intent when he refused to break the gaze of Hawkey.
The DRC’s monolith, Vandam Mbuyi, faces Cape Town’s Jiu-Jitsu expert Brendon Groenewald tomorrow night, a shot at the vacant heavyweight title his reward should he win. As always, the crowd went wild when the smiling, dangerous giant hit the scale.
Further down the card stand-out engagements were the hotly anticipated matchups between icons Gareth Buirski and Wesley Hawkey, the double debut of teammates Keron Davies and Mark Hulme, and the debut of popular Johannesburg bad boy Chaz Wasserman.
All athletes made weight.
EFC AFRICA 27 Weigh-in results were as follows:
Bout 1 : Bantamweight bout
Donnovan Wilken 61.00kg
Baldwin Mdlalose 60,90kg
Bout 2 : Welterweight bout
Josh Muller 76.90kg
Mark Hulme 76.70kg
Bout 3 : Middleweight bout
Keron Davies 84.10kg
Booto Guylain 81.00kg
Bout 4 : Welterweight bout
Themba Gorimbo 75.55kg
Chaz Wasserman 76.20kg
Bout 5 : Bantamweight bout
Cedric Doyle 61.00kg
Boney Bukaka 60.30kg
Bout 6 : Bantamweight bout
Francois Groenewald 60.00kg
Pierre Botha 61.00kg
Bout 7 : Lightweight bout
Alexander Cheboub 69.90kg
David van Schalkwyk 70.00kg
Bout 8 : Featherweight bout
Wesley Hawkey 66.00kg
Gareth Buirski 65.00kg
Bout 9 : Heavyweight bout
Vandam Mbuyi 108.00kg
Brendon Groenewald 109.85kg
Bout 10 : Light heavyweight bout
Fraser Opie 92.69kg
Tumelo Maphutha 92.05kg
Bout 11 : Middleweight bout
Donavin Hawkey 83.75kg
Dricus du Plessis 84.00kg
Bout 12 : Bantamweight championship bout
Nkazimulo Zulu 59.85kg
Charlie Weyer 60.60kg
Bout 13: Lightweight championship bout
Leon Mynhardt 69.65kg
Frederich Naumann 69.55kg
EFC AFRICA 27, presented by BetXchange.com, takes place on Thursday 27 February 2014 at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets on sale now at computicket.com. Stream the entire event, live and in HD, from efcafrica.tv.
Broadcast information and full fight card available at efcafrica.com