After weeks of talk it was finally time to settle things in the middle of the Hexagon, that is where the real ACTION is…
THIS IS EFC 72 – VAN STADEN vs MAZANY.
It was an intense night of bone-crunching action, 9 fights on the card and a packed Grandwest Arena we really felt every punch, ducking and diving imitating the athletes in the Hexagon.
I was really looking forward to the women’s flyweight bout between Shana Power and Paulwethu Namba which got cancelled in an announcement during the pre-fight press conference and Luke Michaels’ bout against Armand Scheepers. Armand overshooting the welterweight limit by 9kg meant that the match got cancelled.
Despite the above it was still an awesome fight card, from Navy Diver to professional MMA fighter Dave Dove kicked off the prelim fights against Serge Kasanda. Kasanda striked his way to a victory in the second round spoiling the debut of Dove.
Another EFC debutant Hermie Drotschie took on Francois Kundari in a lightweight bout…Drotschie had some extra pressure as his brother Gideon Drotschie was also fighting later in the evening. The fight started off with some wild shots but quickly ended after Drotschie locked in the armbar submission hold. Kundari tapped out securing a victory for Drotschie 1:35 minutes into round 1.
Jones vs Mailer, this was an awesome stand up fight, powerful shots fired from both fighters. It was more of a technical boxing match and a knock to the jaw ended it for Jones in the second round. Mailer won on the night.
A fight of the night contender in my opinion was Muyambo vs Makulu…..this match up was intense going all 3 rounds. There were times when the referee could’ve ended it earlier but thankfully the crowd favourite Bruno Mukulu won by unanimous decision from the judges.
The heavyweight clash between Willem Smith and Matunga Dikasa went so fast I just blinked and boom there was a tap out….Smith could not hold the pain of the choke-hold it took just 28 seconds in round 1 and it was over.
In the sixth fight of the night, Justin Smith came with a wind-up punch in the first round and knocked out Giovanni Pretorius in their welterweight bout.
Another win by a crowd favourite, Faeez Jacobs beat Tumisang Madiba with a guillotine choke hold…..once locked in all you can do is Tap Out.
Gideon Drotschie versus Jenaid Ebanks, this was my fight of the night…it had everything, hard hits, saved by the bell moments and blood.
G. Drotschie showed his intent on conquering the middleweight division after dropping down in weight class, he never gave up, with blood running down his face from a cut above his eye he took it to the end. The judges decision was final….a double win the the Drotschie brothers at EFC 72 infront of their home town fans.
The final fight, the Light Heavyweight Championship on the line. Martin Van Staden defending his title against The Pain Train Dave Mazany from the USA, this was a tough match to call but if it were up to the crowd Van Staden should have won. Intense action, you could feel the tension between the fighters as they tried to end it within the allocated title fight 5 rounds. The deafening support from the crowd for Martin was amazing, BUT……
..the judges called a winner with a controversial split decision….the new EFC Light Heavyweight Champion – DAVE MAZANY.
…..lookout for a possible re-match soon tooot toooot The Pain Train will be back!!
The official EFC 72 results are:
Dave Mazany defeated Martin Van Staden to take the EFC light heavyweight championship by split decision.
Gideon Drotschie defeated Jenaid Ebanks via unanimous decision.
Faeez Jacobs defeated Tumisang Madiba via tapout (guillotine choke) 4:31 into round 1.
Justin Smith defeated Giovanni Pretorius via knockout 3:36 into round 1.
Matunga Djikasa defeated Willem Smith via tapout (guillotine choke) 0:28 into round 1.
Bruno Mukulu defeated Regis Muyambo via unanimous decision.
Anthony Mailer defeated Duane Jones via KO 0:27 into round 2.
Hermie Drotschie defeated Francois Kundari via tapout (armbar) 1:35 into round 1.
Serge Kasanda defeated Chris Dove via TKO (strikes) 2:15 into round 2.
All eyes now turn to EFC 73 Kalunda vs Da Rocha, Moyo vs Vanderaa is presented by Betxchange.com and takes place on Saturday 8 September live from Sun City, Northwest. Tickets are on sale soon at computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda), Kwese TV (Sub-Saharan Africa), SABC 3 (South Africa), FIGHT SPORTS (Where available) & EFCworldwide.tv (Where available) starting at 21:30 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on efcworldwide.com. Prelim fights will be available for free on the official EFC Facebook page.
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