EFC AFRICA 13 – EFC AFRICA conquers the Cape!
14 April 2012
EFC AFRICA welterweight Championship
DALLAS JAKOBI vs. JADYSON COSTA
BERNARDO MIKIXI vs. CALVEN ROBINSON
DON MADGE vs. LEON MYNHARDT
MARTIN VAN STADEN vs. MICHIEL OPPERMAN
DINO BAGATTIN vs. FRANCOIS KABULU
NORMAN WESSELS vs. DAIN NEVELING
WADE HENDERSON vs. JAMES LE ROUX
ARMAND DE BRUYN vs. ABRIE VALENTINE
RICKY MISHOLAS vs. MAHMOUD HASSN
ABDUL HASSAN vs. LEO GLOSS
MICHAEL VERMEULEN vs. MORNE MARAIS
MAHMOUD SALAMA vs. JASON CULVERWELL
JOHAN VAN STADEN vs. ALAIN ILUNGA
Cape Town (South Africa) – Africa’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, EFC AFRICA, won another victory in its quest to spread MMA throughout Africa on 13 April. EFC AFRICA 13 took place at the GrandWest Grand Arena and brought world class MMA action to Cape Town for the first time. At 22:30, e.tv picked up the evening’s main card bouts for broadcast to millions of viewers in 49 countries across the continent. The event was also broadcast to Nu Metro cinemas across South Africa, and via live online-pay-per view streaming for EFC AFRICA fans around the world.
Fans were on the edge of their seats and chanting in the aisles as Africa’s finest warriors waged war in the hexagon across 12 action-packed bouts.
“EFC AFRICA 13 was a huge success and a fantastic first event for Cape Town,” said EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth. “The atmosphere was amazing and the bouts were some of the best we have ever seen. It seems Cape Town loves EFC AFRICA and we can’t wait to come back to the GrandWest Arena.”
Jadyson ‘Little Wanderlei’ Costa became EFC AFRICA’s new undisputed welterweight champion by defeating Dallas Jakobi at 39 seconds into round 4. Costa displayed superior skills in every aspect of MMA and left Jakobi swollen and despondent as he was forced to hand over the belt. Costa’s TKO victory had the crowd in an uproar, with fans giving the new champ a well-deserved standing ovation. Jadyson Costa was the only Cape-Town based fighter to secure victory on the night.
Fight of the Night went to Pretoria’s Leon ‘Iron Lion’ Mynhardt and Cape Town’s Don ‘Magic Man’ Madge. Despite Madge battering Mynhardt’s face into a bloody pulp, the Iron Lion fought into the third round where he delivered a massive right hand that left Madge wondering where he was. Even though Cape fans were disappointed by Madge’s loss, all MMA fans were able to respect Mynhardt’s never-say-die attitude.
Michiel Opperman, also fighting out of Pretoria’s Team CIT, took Submission of the Night honours with his guillotine choke submission victory over Joburg’s Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden. Opperman has now toppled three EFC AFRICA opponents with first-round submissions and seems set to be the next welterweight title challenger.
At heavyweight, behemoths Calven ‘The Butcher’ Robinson and Bernardo ‘Black Panther’ Mikixi did not disappoint in their heavily anticipated showdown. After a titanic clinch battle against the cage, Mikixi managed to take Robinson to the floor and rain hammer fists until the referee was forced to stop the bout. Mikixi’s triumphant return to EFC AFRICA is big news for the heavyweight division, as he now moves closer to a title shot against champion Ruan Potts.
Jason Culverwell defeated Mahmoud Salama via keylock submission in round 1.
Morne Marais defeated Michael Vermeulen via rear naked choke submission in round 1.
Abdul Hassan defeated Leo Gloss by split decision after 3 rounds.
Armand de Bruyn defeated Abrie Valentine by armbar submission in round 1.
Mahmoud Hassan defeated Ricky Misholas via verbal submission due to strikes in round 1.
Wade Henderson defeated James Le Roux via armbar submission in round 1.
Norman Wessels defeated Dain Neveling via rear naked choke submission in round 1.
Dino Bagattin defeated Francois Kabulu via split decision after 3 rounds.
Michiel Opperman defeated Martin van Staden via guillotine choke submission in round 1.
Leon Mynhardt defeated Don Madge via TKO in round 3.
Bernardo Mikixi defeated Calven Robinson via TKO in round 1.
Jadyson Costa defeated Dallas Jakobi via TKO in round 4.
EFC AFRICA 13 was sponsored by MusclePharm, BetXchange, RDG, 1time Airlines, TapouT, Fighters Only magazine and GrandWest Casino.
EFC AFRICA returns to Carnival City on 1 June for EFC AFRICA 14. Tickets on sale at Computicket www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available at www.numetro.co.za More information available at efcafrica.com