09 September 2017
Cape Town, South Africa - Every now and then an event punches far above its weight, and EFC 63 was one of these. A record ten performance bonuses were handed out to athletes that put it all on the line, and thrilled the Mother City crowd.
The USA’s Dave Mazany headlined the event against Zimbabwe’s Themba Gorimbo. It was a well-timed left hand that crumpled Gorimbo in the second, bringing Mazany a knock out victory after a technical, clinch dominated first round.
Jose Da Rocha celebrates his first EFC win
Brazil’s Jose Da Rocha returned to the Hexagon after his first round loss to welterweight (and middleweight) champion Dricus Du Plessis, and made good on his vow to show a different side to his skills.
A lazer guided straight right dropped South Africa’s Cameron Pritchard early in the first, causing referee Bobby Karagiannidis to step in and stop the fight. The stoppage was controversial as Pritchard was on his feet and protesting immediately.
Dino Bagattin applies pressure to Bruno Mukulu
‘The Lion’ Dino Bagattin fought a technical striking battle with the DRC’s Bruno Mukulu, and managed to out point ‘The Major’ over three rounds. The Lion is back in the win column, and has all but booked a bout with England’s Joe Cummins in November.
Gideon Drotschie desperately defends a choke from Warren Allison
Former light heavyweight champion Gideon Drotschie made his long awaited return against Bloemfontein’s Warren Allison, and was finished inside of one round. Allison controlled the fight early, taking it to ground and finishing ‘The Juggernaut’ by TKO due to strikes.
Seabi lands a right hand on Sage
Conrad Seabi opened the main card against shock replacement Wayde Sage, who took the fight on just 24 hours’ notice, after Shaun De Lange had to withdraw due to illness.
Sage went all out, landing heavy kicks and punches against Seabi in a brutal first round. Early in the second the aggression of Seabi proved too much however, and Sage succumbed to a ruthless barrage of ground and pound.
While the main card delivered intense MMA action, it was the prelim card that ignited the stadium. Shane Meier, Quaid Openshaw, Trezegeut Kanyinda, Francois Cundari, Sizwe Mnikathi and Deon Cundari were all awarded performance bonues, and fight of the night went to Nerik Simoes versus Faeez Jacobs. Conrad Seabi and Wayde Sage also earned performance bonuses.
The official EFC 63 results were:
Quaid Openshaw defeated Shane Meier via TKO (punches) 1:20 in round 1.
Francois Cundari defeated Trezegeut Kanyinda via unanimous decision.
Nerik Simoes defeated Faeez Jacobs via TKO (punches) 1:59 in round 3.
Deon Bruning defeated Sizwe Mnikathi via unanimous decision.
Gunther Kalunda defeated Armand Scheepers via TKO (punches) 1:59 in round 1.
Conrad Seabi defeated Wayde Sage via TKO 1:21 in round 2.
br Warren Allison defeated Gideon Drotschie via TKO (punches) 4:14 in round 1.
Dino Bagattin defeated Bruno Mukulu via unanimous decision.
Jose da Rocha defeated Cameron Pritchard via KO (punches) 0:23 in round 1.
Dave Mazany defeated Themba Gorimbo via KO (punches) 0:39 in round 2.
EFC 64: Hawkey vs Cucciniello is presented by www.BetXchange.com and takes place on Saturday 7 October live from Sibaya, Durban. 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 1 (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on www.efcworldwide.com.