2 PROMOTIONS, 2 DIVISIONS, 1 CHAMPION
Yannick Bahati versus Dricus du Plessis for EFC middleweight gold
31 May 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa - It’s confirmed. For the first time in EFC history, two champions from two different divisions, are scheduled to collide. At EFC 62 on 19 August in Carnival City, JHB, the middleweight champion, England’s Yannick Bahati will face the EFC welterweight champion, South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis for the EFC middleweight championship of the world.
Du Plessis first signed with EFC over four years ago. He was only just an adult, but he had his eyes firmly set on claiming gold as the youngest in history. Immediately, with his gutsy performances, he started making waves in the organisation. On the way to the top, he amassed a 4-0 record that earned him a middleweight title shot against Garreth McLellan. Many said it was too soon for the young Pretoria powerhouse and many were correct. He lost his first and only fight against the soon to be UFC athlete.
It was a career defining moment for du Plessis, and one that saw him get better and grow from strength-to-strength. Since, he has gone on to capture the welterweight title and has defended it and finished all opposition in his path.
Du Plessis now has his sights firmly set on becoming EFC’s first two-division champion, but with that he has found the formidable Englishman standing in his way.
Since his last fight in EFC, the British behemoth, Yannick Bahati has claimed the BAMMA middleweight world title and is dead-set on defending both.
It is no secret that these two elite athletes hold little but disdain for each other. They have often had verbal jousts over social media and at press conferences and have nearly come to blows backstage at past events.
Two of the greatest athletes are going head-to-head in what could be the biggest match-up in the organisation’s history, and just who will walk away holding two belts On 19 August remains to be seen.
EFC 62: Bahati vs du Plessis, presented by BetXchange.com takes place on Saturday 08 July 2017 at Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale soon at www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on www.efcworldwide.com.