Johannesburg, South Africa – EFC 95 is set to go down tomorrow!
Although there were a few fighters who disappointedly missed weight, everyone passed their medicals and were cleared for competition. This means that the EFC 95 card remains intact with eleven electrifying bouts.
A high level of intensity was witnessed as most of the fighters came face-to-face with their opponents for the very first time. Robert ‘The Black Tiger’ Simbowe, backed by vocal supporters in attendance, even presented his opponent, Given Majuba, with a gift ahead of their clash tomorrow.
The co-main event face-off shifted the intensity into high gear as HP ‘Tropical’ van Staden and Peace ‘X’ Nguphane got into each other’s faces. Nguphane took his time on the mic to remind van Staden that “the cage is a jungle and it is no place like the tropical island” whilst ‘Tropical’ chose to save his words for the Hex.
The main event faceoff was one that many were looking forward to, especially following the events that took place at the EFC 95 Pre-Event Press Conference on Thursday, 14 July. The stark difference between the two championship contenders is always an intriguing one to African fight fans. Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa, who has proven himself in the organisation time and again, and Nerik ‘The Beast’ Simoes, who has an incredible ability to explode in the Hex whenever necessary, seemed to be a contrast to many. Kabesa still believes that he is the ‘King’ of the Featherweights but Simoes is ready to make that title his own. As they faced off one final time before their showdown tomorrow, it was clear that they were locked and loaded with only the prospect of being adorned with the 145lb gold on their minds.
In just a day’s time, the stage will be set and EFC 95 will kick off the second half of the year for African combat sports in exciting fashion!
Watch the EFC 95 weigh-ins here: EFC 95 WEIGH-IN
Official EFC 95 weigh-in results as follows.
EFC 95 MAIN CARD BOUTS | STARTING 18:00 CAT
FEATHERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MAIN EVENT
Igeu Kabesa 144lbs (DRC) vs. Nerik Simoes 144.8lbs (ANG)
WELTERWEIGHT CO-MAIN EVENT
HP van Staden 169.6lbs (RSA) vs. Peace Nguphane 167.6lbs (RSA)
Keir Harvie 145lbs (SCT) vs. Vince Bembe 144.8lbs (RSA)
CATCHWEIGHT FIGHT (152.1LBS)
Ashley Calvert 152.1lbs (RSA) vs. Tumisang Madiba 150.9lbs (RSA)
Adrian Sanchez 153.7lbs (RSA) vs. Mark Ewen 155lbs (SCT)
EFC 95 PRELIM CARD BOUTS | STARTING 14:30 CAT
CATCHWEIGHT FIGHT (141.1LBS)
Sizwe Mnikathi 143.9lbs (RSA) vs. Orlando Machava 140.3lbs (MOZ) – Mnikathi did not make weight
Roevan de Beer 135lbs (RSA) vs. Martin Gcinumkhondo 135lbs (RSA)
Jaco du Plessis 185lbs (RSA) vs. Maurice Kabamba 182.1lbs (DRC)
Robert Simbowe 154.9lbs (ZAM) vs. Given Majuba 157.7lbs (RSA) – Majuba did not make weight
Tumelo Manyamala 124.8lbs (RSA) vs. Tyral Louw 123.3lbs (RSA)
Stevo Law 153.7lbs (RSA) vs. Musa Sethwape 153.6lbs (RSA)
Betting on all the EFC 95 bouts is available with World Sports Betting.
Early prelims, prelims and main card bouts will be available live on www.efcworldwide.tv
Prelim bouts start at 14:30 CAT
Main card bouts start at 18:00 CAT
EFC 95, Kabesa vs Simoes, is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Saturday, 16 July 2022 live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa. Broadcast information at www.efcworldwide.com.