COSTA FIRES FINAL WARNING SHOT AT EFC AFRICA 20 WEIGH-IN

Don Madge (left) and Costa Ioannou face off at the EFC AFRICA 20 weigh-in

Tempers flare ahead of tomorrow night

                  

EFC AFRICA Lightweight Championship
COSTA IOANNOU VS. DON  MADGE
EFC AFRICA Interim Light Heavyweight Championship
DANIE VAN HEERDEN vs. GIDEON DROTSCHIE

PLUS
GARRETH MCLELLAN vs. TUMELO MAPHUTHA

RUAN POTTS vs. RICKY MISHOLAS
ALAIN ILUNGA vs. MARKUS TALJAARD
AND

FREDERICH NAUMANN vs. JOHAN VAN STADEN
JUAN LUBBE
vs. NEIL DIESEL

DONAVIN HAWKEY vs. RAYMOND AHANA
ALEX CHEBOUB
vs. SIBUSISO MDOKU
CHARLIE WEYER
vs. CRAIG NINOW
CHRIS DU PONT
vs. CHARL HURTER

KANYEBA ANICET vs. BAREND NIENABER

MATTHEW BUIRSKI vs. MARINO CUTENDANA

 

Johannesburg (South Africa) – The EFC AFRICA 20 weigh-in took place at 14H00 CAT today, with massive action entertaining the capacity crowd at Carnival City. “I saw in his eyes that this just got real for Don,” said a smiling champion Costa Ioannou after an explosive face-off with the lightweight challenger Don Madge. “Costa is coming,” he added, “and he knows it.”

The massively hyped Frederich Naumann vs Johan van Staden bout was the first to boil over with Van Staden pushing his head hard into his opponents. Naumann replied with some go-forward of his own prompting EFC AFRICA president Cairo Howarth to step between the two to prevent further upset.  Fans can expect this fight to rumble tomorrow night.

Ricky Misholas took the chance to send a message to Ruan Potts, attempting to stare the former heavyweight champion down before applying some of his own head pressure. Potts responded with a devil’s grin and a push forward, setting these two up for an artillery barrage on Thursday.

Nothing topped the drama attached to the lightweight title fight face off, however, with Ioannou getting into the face of Madge, goading him after which Madge responded with a smile and the placing of his fist between them. Afterward Costa confirmed that he felt totally disrespected by Madge’s fans, and was looking forward to setting things straight on Thursday night.

Four athletes failed to make their required weight. Mathew Buirski came in at 1.35kg over the bantamweight limit, a financial compromise reached between the two camps allowing him to not drop further. Johan van Staden and Raymond Ahana each were 600g heavy. Naumann’s camp agreed to waive the 600g while Ahana had  two hours to make the required weight, which he did. Tumelo Maphutha, already fighting at an agreed catch-weight of 86kg, was initially 1.2kg over the limit. He managed to drop 600g in an hour but refused to drop further. An angered McLellan said, “fine. I’ll fight him there, and I’ll hurt him even more.”

EFC AFRICA 20 Weigh-In results were as follows:

Bout 1: Bantamweight bout

Matthew Buirski 62.35kg (1.35kg overweight, both camps agreed to a financial compromise)
Marino Cutendana 60.80kg

Bout 2 : Featherweight bout

Kanyeba Anicet 65.90kg

Barend Nienaber 65.85kg

Bout 3 : Light heavyweight bout

Chris du Pont 92.70kg

Charl Hurter 92.90kg

Bout 4 : Bantamweight bout

Charlie Weyer 60.65kg

Craig Ninow 60.00kg

Bout 5 : Lightweight bout

Alex Cheboub 70.00kg

Sibusiso Mdoku 69.55kg

Bout 6 : Middleweight bout

Donavin Hawkey 83.70kg

Raymond Ahana 84.60kg (600g overweight, had two hours to make 84kgs, was successful)

Bout 7 : Welterweight bout

Juan Lubbe 76.85kg

Neil Diesel 74.90kg

Bout 8 : Lightweight bout

Frederich Naumann 70.00kg

Johan van Staden 70.60kg (Van Staden was 600g overweight, Naumann’s camp agreed to waive the difference)

Bout 9 : Featherweight bout

Alain Ilunga 65.85kg
Markus Taljaard 66.00kg

Bout 10 : Heavyweight bout

Ruan Potts 113.70kg

Ricky Misholas 107.00kg

Bout 11 : Catch-weight bout

Garreth McLellan 85.25kg

Tumelo Maphutha 87.2kg (Maphutha was 1.2kg overweight, McLellan’s camp agreed to waive the difference)

Bout 12 : Interim Light heavyweight championship bout

Danie van Heerden 92.70kg

Gideon Drotschie 92.20kg

Bout 13 : Lightweight championship bout

Costa Ioannou 69.70kg

Don Madge 69.95kg

EFC AFRICA 20, presented by MusclePharm, explodes across televisions the world over on June 27. All 13 bouts can be seen live at Carnival City and at Nu Metro cinemas throughout South Africa. Tickets on sale now at www.computicket.com. Tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available now at www.numetro.com.

Broadcast information and full fight card available at efcafrica.com

About EFC AFRICA™ – The Extreme Fighting Championship™

 

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC AFRICA™ now produces 10 live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events annually, all hosted on the African continent. With over 100 athletes exclusively signed to the promotion from across the continent (Angola, DRC, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa and more), EFC AFRICA is the biggest MMA promotion and showcases the toughest athletes on the continent.

EFC AFRICA™ events are broadcast to over 110 countries across the globe on 9 television networks in multiple languages. The live broadcast is available to over 130 million homes across Africa on SUPERSPORT, the continent’s largest sport network, as well as in the USA, Canada and the Caribbean on FIGHT NOW! TV, America’s only 24-hour combat sports and entertainment channel. Live broadcasts of every event are available across Romania on free to air broadcaster Transilvania L!VE. Delayed live events are broadcast throughout Malaysia on MAX MAN TV.

The best bouts from every EFC AFRICA™ event fill up action-packed television episodes broadcast to 50 million homes in the USA on the CSI SPORTS network, throughout Europe and the Middle East on EXTREME SPORTS CHANNEL and across Canada on FIGHT NETWORK as well as in Africa on FOX FX and SUPERSPORT.

About Guy Lazarus

I am a South African Nak Mauy with a keen interest in MMA and combat sports in general. I run Mauyguy.com to give the world of fighting a South African Nak Muay's perspective. I have been competing in Martial Arts since the age of 7 with some success having come 3rd at IFMA World Championships and have my provincial colours for Judo. One day I will grow up and relinquish my dream of being world champion, but not yet...

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