Title contenders Mzwandile ‘Snakebone’ Hlongwa and JC Lamprecht both successfully made weight when they hit the scales this morning at the EFC Performance Institute, where tomorrow night they will contest the Light-Heavyweight Championship of Africa.
Both remained respectful yet supremely confident of victory tomorrow night, with Hlongwa claiming to foresee his opponent attempting to wrestle his way to victory instead of trading strikes, whilst Lamprecht predicted a victory wherever the fight may lead them. With UFC stars Dricus du Plessis and Cameron Saaiman backing their CIT teammate, Lamprecht, Hlongwa professed to be a more experienced and unique fighter, the likes of which Lamprecht has yet to face. Regardless, this title fight has the potential to be the biggest 205lb title fight in African sporting history since Simon Biyong won it almost four years ago.
As today’s weigh-ins took place on Women’s Day, two of the hottest prospects in women’s mixed-martial arts squared-up with Mischka Laubscher from Cape Town getting her first look at her opponent from Pretoria, Dayne van Wyk. Though Laubscher is the current continental amateur champion, Van Wyk remains undefeated in the Hexagon and the winner of this fight may surely qualify in asking for a shot at the EFC legend, Amanda Lino’s bantamweight belt.
The remaining face-offs were intense without infractions and while a few athletes will be fined a portion of their purses for falling on the wrong side of the governing body’s needle, all 20 athletes stamped their Hex passes ensuring that EFC 106 delivers a night of non-stop action including a historic title-fight that may change the landscape of the 205lb division for many years to come!
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
JC Lamprecht(SA) 204.3lbs vs Mzwandile Hlongwa(SA) 203.2lbs
Billy Oosthuizen(SA) 145lbs vs Emmanuel Sita(COG) 145lbs
WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT FIGHT
Dayne Van Wyk(SA) 133.5lbs vs Mishka Laubscher(SA)134.9lbs
Bradley Swanepoel(SA) 154.5 lbs vs Robert Simbowe(ZMB) 161.8lbs*
Johannes Rudolph(SA) 125lbs vs Godknows Ndlovu(ZWE) 124.5lbs
Roy Lokolo(DRC) 189.4lbs* vs Kulekhani Hlongwa(SA) 183.2lbs
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT
Wade Henderson(SA) 202lbs vs Willem Smith(SA) 203.7lbs
Christopher Matukane(SA) 179.9lbs vs Wallace Okosso(DRC) 178lbs
Mpumelelo Mngoma(SA) 131lbs vs Edson Machavane(SA) 133.7lbs
Sibusiso Sovendle(SA) 134.5lbs vs Sithembiso Hadebe(SA) 135lbs
* Athletes failed to make weight at time of writing
Prelim bouts start at 16:00 CAT
Main card bouts start at 19:00 CAT
EFC 106 Lamprecht versus Hlongwa is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Thursday 10 August 2023 live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa.