Press Release: THE TIME FOR TALK IS OVER

Featherweight champion Demarte Pena (right) and bad boy challenger Abdul Hassan face off at the EFC AFRICA 21 weigh-in.

THE TIME FOR TALK IS OVER
Pena fired up for EFC AFRICA 21

 

EFC AFRICA Featherweight Championship
DEMARTE PENA VS. ABDUL HASSAN

PLUS
SORS GROBBELAAR vs. BERNARDO MIKIXI

RUAN POTTS vs. MAHMOUD HASSAN
FRANCOIS GROENEWALD vs. GARETH BUIRSKI
JASON CULVERWELL
vs. JC LAMPBRECHT
AND

DAVID BUIRSKI vs. NICHOLAS RADLEY
WILHELM STRAUSS
vs. LANCE CERONIO

BOYD ALLEN vs. HANRU BOTHA
TEZ MAKEUBO
vs. DRICUS DU PLESIS

JOHAN VAN STADEN vs. STEVEN MOMAH
MOHAMED KARIM
vs. VANDAM MBUYI

NKAZIMULO ZULU vs. LOURENS BOTES

MAWANDE MAZITHAMBI vs. PIERRE BOTHA

 

Johannesburg (South Africa) – The EFC AFRICA 21 weigh-in took place at Carnival City today, with massive action entertaining the capacity crowd. Tomorrow night’s event is headlined by the featherweight title fight between undefeated champion Demarte ‘The Wolf’ Pena and bad boy challenger Abdul ‘Hollywood’ Hassan. Both fighters showed ominous intent today. “The time for talking is over,” said the champion immediately after he hit the scale, “now it’s time to fight.”

An earth shattering four heavyweight bouts are scheduled for tomorrow night and the big men were out in force today. The DRC’s Judoka black belt Vandam Mbuyi came in at 109.7kg before enjoying a massive stare down from Egypt’s hulking Abdel Karim. Tiny Strauss and Lance Ceronio both tipped the scales at over 110kgs. Judging by their butting of heads neither is in the mood to step back tomorrow night.

Former heavyweight champion and only once defeated Ruan Potts, beginning his title comeback trail tomorrow night, had his hands full with the powerfully muscled and notoriously heavy handed Mahmoud ‘Hellboy’ Hassan. Hassan sent the former champ a clear message with an ice cool stare while the crowd got vocal behind Potts.

The other favorite of the afternoon was Bernardo Mikixi, participating in the final heavyweight bout of the event, who had the crowd on their feet at his entrance. The Angolan wrecking machine has vowed that he will be taking the number one heavyweight contender spot from George native Sors Grobbelaar, a sentiment the crowd most definitely agreed with.

In a record breaking performance, all athletes made weight, meaning no more obstacles remain before 26 of Africa’s greatest warriors step into the Hexagon tomorrow night.

EFC AFRICA 21 Weigh-in results were as follows:

Bout 1: Featherweight bout

Mawande Mazithambe 63.70kg
Pierre Botha 65.70kg

Bout 2 : Bantamweight bout

Nkazimulo Zulu 60.30kg

Lourens Botes 61.00kg

Bout 3 : Heavyweight bout

Mohamed Karim 113.90kg

Vandam Mbuyi 109.70kg

Bout 4 : Lightweight bout

Johan van Staden 70.00kg

Steven Momah 69.95kg

Bout 5 : Middleweight bout

Tez Makuebo 83.00kg

Dricus du Plessis 83.00kg

Bout 6 : Lightweight bout

Boyd Allen 69.75kg

Hanru Botha 69.50kg

Bout 7 : Heavyweight bout

Wilhelm Strauss 119.20kg

Lance Ceronio 111.60kg

Bout 8 : Welterweight bout

David Buirski 76.45kg

Nicholas Radley 77.00

Bout 9 : Middleweight bout

Jason Culverwell 82.70
JC Lamprecht 83.75kg

Bout 10 : Featherweight bout

Francois Groenewald 63.60

Gareth Buirski 65.75kg

Bout 11 : Heavyweight bout

Ruan Potts 110.15kg

Mahmoud Hassan 108.10kg

Bout 12 : Heavyweight bout

Bernardo Mikixi 108.15kg
Sors Grobbelaar 117.25kg

Bout 13 : Featherweight championship bout

Demarte Pena 65.60kg
Abdul Hassan 65.15kg

EFC AFRICA 21, presented by MusclePharm, takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on 25 July 2013. 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 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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