1) FW – PIERRE BOTHA 63.9KG vs. LOURENS BOTES 63.9KG
Let’s see how this one shapes up. Both these men usually fight at BW, but have both come in at 63.9kg
Round 1: Well, if you appreciate good Bjj, you would have loved that round!!
They went to ground early, with Botha dominating for the most part, but Botes proving very slippery.
Round 2: Another great grappling display by both men, with Botha again the aggressor. Take nothing away from Botes, his defence is keeping him in it thus far!!
Round 3: Although Pierre had to work for it, his consistent TD’s & dominance on the ground, were what got him the win by unanimous decision. Although maybe not the most exciting fight to watch, for the stand up enthusiasts, it was a great wrestling display & a pleasure to watch.
2) MW – GARETH SAWYER 83.8KG vs. PUPANGA TRESOR 82.6KG
These 2 have a lot to prove, both being debutants tonight… Both looking quite calm at the faceoff.
Round 1: Tresor came at Sawyer aggressively, but that could’ve been his downfall, as Sawyer took it to the ground quickly, where he asserted his dominance & took the win in under 3 minutes, with a TKO via GnP.
Impressive stuff from Sawyer.
3) WW – MARCEL TENIERS 76.2KG vs. WAYDE SAGE 76.9KG
Teniers with a big grin at the weigh in, looking eager to get at his opponent.
Round 1: That almost ended in the 1st few seconds of the round!! Teniers attempted an early TD & ate 3 or 4 hard punches to the head. Eventually though, he managed it & dictated proceedings from there, not giving Sage any breathing space.
Every time Sage tried to stand the fight up, Teniers just brought him back down. It paid off with 30 seconds left in the round, when Teniers got Sage’s back & submitted him with a rear naked choke.
Some surprising grappling skills from a renowned Muay Thai outfit.
4) LW – REGIS MUYAMBO 69.3KG vs. TEXIER KABESA 69.95KG
Regis came not-quite dressed for the occasion, wearing a tie & spectacles. Is he looking to give his opponent a lesson in the cage, or will he be spanked like a schoolboy?
Round 1: At first it looked like Regis would be outclassed on the ground, as he was taken down quite easily, but he was the one landing most of the shots on the ground.
When he did get the top position, he capitalised, landing some decent shots
Round 2: Slowly but surely Regis asserted his dominance, first by defending well on the ground, when he was taken down repeatedly & then by retaliating with his own TD’s.
From there, his high work rate won it for him, getting the win by TKO, from inside Tex’s guard
5) HW – SORS GROBBELAAR 118.8KG vs. ELVIS MOYO 118.5KG
It’s always great to see Sors in the cage, this one shouldn’t disappoint. The debutant better have his chin on…
Round 1: Well well well…. Moyo is a boxer of note!! He has lightning hands. That said, it was a pretty sedate round…both men testing cautiously.
Round 2: That was like watching an intense chess match… The Boxer v the K1 Specialist…
Great counter striking from both men!
Round 3: Great round, with both men landing big punches on each other’s jaws!! Neither man able to really hurt the other though….Sors with welts on his ribs from Moyo’s body shots.
In the end, though, it went to the judges, who gave it to the debutant, by split decision.
6) LW – IGEU KABESA 70.0KG vs. PIETIE COXEN 69.8KG
Coxen was his usual self at the faceoff, posing for the cameras, rather than actually facing off with Kabesa. possibly trying to disarm his opponent before the fight…
This one had to be cancelled due to Coxen having to pull out for medical reasons
7) FW – HANRU BOTHA 65.8KG vs. ALAIN ILUNGA 65.7KG
After some pushing & shoving at the weigh-in, with Ilunga trying to intimidate Botha, these boys should come out swinging!
Round 1: Ilunga with a big height & reach advantage. Still he wasn’t able to keep Botha out entirely. Botha rushed him a couple of times, to close the gap & get some TD’s, even shooting under a couple of kicks!!
Round 2: WOW!!! Botha only just survived that !! it was a frenetic round, with Botha giving up his back & having to fend off a sustained barrage , before escaping & gaining the upper hand for the last moments in the round.
Round 3: It was another frantic start, with both men coming out swinging wildly. Botha was determined to go to ground, repeatedly shooting , but Ilunga defended well for much of the round, managing to restrain Botha’s arms, on the ground, trying to get the ref to stand them up.
Botha managed to wriggle free & closed out the round with a flurry of elbows to Ilunga’s head & body.
In the end though, it was the judges that decided it, giving the win to Botha with a split decision.
8) MW – WADE HENDERSON 83.5KG vs. JASON CULVERWELL 83.7KG
There’s nothing like a good slap in the face to rile your opponent up! With Wade doing the slapping, Jason’s going to be looking for blood…
Round 1: THAT was an action-packed round!! Wade was knocked to the ground early on & only just recovered. From there, they traded very big bombs!!
Round 2: These men can throw down!! Jason rocked Wade again, cutting his eye. Neither man gave an inch, refusing to back down! They went at it as if this was the last round.
Round 3: More explosive action, with the punches so hard, we could almost feel them at the cageside!! They layed into each other with almost complete abandon!! Eventually though, Wade’s chin could only take so much punishment…Jason stopping him with a massive right, to take the win by KO.
9) BW – LEO GLOSS 62.2KG vs. IRSHAAD SAYED 60.8KG
A bit of a turnaround at the weigh in, as it was Sayed who came in wearing a crown, “King” Leo had none. A case of fighting royalty coming home?
This one promises loads of standup action, between the boxer & the Muay Thai specialist.
Round 1: And they came out striking…. Sayed gaining the upper hand & rocking Leo more than once, before they went to the ground.
Once there, Sayed gained Leo’s back, but landed a heel in Leo’s groin. Very surprisingly, & mistakenly, in our opinion, they were restarted with Sayed having a RNC on….This was the end for Leo, as it was mere seconds before he had to submit, handing the win to Sayed, via a SUB to a RNC
10) HW – BRENDON GROENEWALD 109.95KG vs.VANDAM MBUYI 107.8KG
Take 2…After a DQ for Mbuyi, at EFC 27, which was subsequently overturned & deemed a no contest, the scorecard between these 2 is back to 0-0. They will DEFINITELY be looking to settle things tonight!!
GONNA BE A WAR!!
Round 1: Well ….. that almost ended as ignominiously as the first fight, with Mbuyi again landing an illegal knee to the head of Brendon…
Other than that, both men feeling each other out for most of the round.
Round 2: What a SHOW!!! These guys can throw down!! It was a seesaw round, with Mbuyi wanting to stand & Brendon wanting to go to ground. The punches & elbows rained down from both men, as they alternately dominated their opponent..
It ended when Brendon was let up & practically dove Mbuyi to the ground, where he quickly gained his back. From there, the onslaught was relentless, with head shots raining down, Mbuyi was forced to tap out, to give the victory to Brendon.
11) HW – CHRISTOPHE WALRAVENS 110.35KG vs. BERNARDO MIKIXI 105.0KG
Another huge matchup between 2 big men! We can expect fireworks here.
Round 1: A very tactical striking round. Mikixi working the body & head punches, while Walravens worked the leg kicks.
Those leg kicks were highly effective, buckling Mikixi’s front leg & limiting his forward momentum
Round 2: Walravens hammered at Mikixi’s front leg, almost making him lame & effectively neutralizing his hands. What a great strategy from Walravens!! From there he hammered away at him with those boulders he has for fists, eventually dropping Mikixi with a big right & following it up with a barrage of hammer fists, to get the victory by TKO.
12) LHW – NORMAN WESSELS 92.9KG vs. CHRIS DU PONT 94.95KG
Good to see The Chef back in the cage. Let’s hope du Pont’s conditioning doesn’t let him down…
Round 1: What a pleasure it is to watch The Chef at work!! In under 2 minutes, he took Du Pont to the ground, gained his back & submitted him with RNC!!!
MAIN CARD – MAIN EVENT – MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
13) GARRETH McLELLAN 83.45KG VS. JP KRUGER 83.4KG
Kruger is all smiles, while McLellan is all business at the faceoff…Kruger predicting a classy display from 2 classy athletes.
This is a matchup made in heaven… or is that hell? 2 Outstanding athletes who always leave everything in the cage.
Round 1: If you blinked, you missed it!! Garreth took JP on at his own game & beat him at it!! JP came out with a quick 3 punch combo, but Garreth took him into the clinch & then to the ground.
On the ground, Garreth had JP up against the Cage & quickly worked to pass his guard. From there, he gained JP’s back & had the RNC on in seconds! JP had no choice but to tap out, letting Garreth retain his belt.