I am starting to write this piece about 2 weeks out from EFC 30 and it is proving to be a rather difficult affair. We are looking at another 12 fight card headlined with a super figth at a catch weight between former Lightweight Champion Don Madge vs No. 1 Featherweight Contender Boyd Allen. There are also many home town heroes in the mix in the likes of Regis Muyambo, Irshaad Sayed and Marcel Teniers; and that is just the main card. To be honest, as much as I would liek to have seen a Capetonian hold another EFC title, I am glad we are not seeing another trilogy between Don and Leon for now. It is going to happena nd it will be great, but I feel it needs a bit more time for the build up. In the mean time, we get to see a fight that would have probably never materialized between 2 of the most technical fighters in the EFC. So bravo to EFC for this fight, I am super excited to be cage side for this one! Besides the main event, there are in total 6 athletes making their EFC debut, each with their own varying skills and abilities wanting to make their mark on their divisions. Lets dive into:
Nathan Fredericks vs Sindile Manengela
Nathan is on an unbeaten winning streak in the amateur ranks in Cape Town, where as not too much is known about Sindile. I managed to watch some of his fights and he seemed to come off very athletic with some rough skills. I do not think he will be enough to handle Nathan’s technical prowess on the ground though. Nathan should take this via an armbar or triangle in the first.
Chad Hepburn vs Tshilomba Mulumba
Another EFC debut in Tshilomba Mulumba vs Cape Townian EFC Veteran Chad Hepburn. Thilomba has had a pretty impressive amatuer K1 & MMA record having numerous victories at CFL. This is however a massive step up in skills and experience which will put him to the test. Hard to predict, but i see Tshilomba having a strong enough stand up and take down defence to win on points.
Roelof Scheepers vs Dalcha Lungiambula
In the smallest weight division, we have the light heavyweights, and it is great to see 2 new additions to the category. First in the form of former heavyweight Roelof Scheepers who is coming off 2 losses in the heavyweigth division and looking to reinvent his professional career. On the other hand we have Judo & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu champ Dalcha. This is his EFC debut but has pro experience having beaten for EFC Title contender Jacques Joubert. Having seen Dalcha competing at local grappling contest I know he is coming into this with massive power and the theoretical size difference won’t matter. I see this going the way of 1st round staoppage via ground and pound in favour of Dalcha.
Ricky Misholas vs Didier Kilola Lubika
Didier or as he likes to call himself, ‘knife';recently won the CFL Heavyweight Title in rather convincing fashion. However, he faces much tougher competition in the form of Ricky Misholas. Ricky has a win against Dewald Botes and is gonna want a shot at the gold so will be hungry for that win. I see Ricky winning this via a KO either late int he first round or middle of the second round.
Sibusisu Mdoko vs Alain Illunga
First off these guys used to be training partners over at Panther Cape Town, so it makes one wonder about how much they under stand each others games. Since they know each other well, they should be producing a more technical, entertaining fight. Alain is on a 3 fight loosing streak and needs to get the win, where as Sibusisu is on a 2 fight win streak since his close loss and debut to Alex Cheboub. On paper they are pretty close, both with accomplishments in kickboxing and pretty decent ground games. I think this is gonna come down to the better conditioning and we will see Sibusisu Mdoko taking it on points. This guy just gets stronger as the rounds tick on.
Gordan Roodman vs Bruno Mukulu
Gordon comes into this bout with a very big name and an impressive amateur record. Where as Boney has more professional experience, but its really not a significant amount. Not to count Bruno out, but I think Gordan is technically to far ahead for him and has this one in the bag. I see it going by way of ground and pound to Gordan in the 2nd round.
Igeu Kabesa vs Regis Muyamba
This fight is one I have wanted to see for a while, and rather happy that it is gonna be on the main card. Both these guys are highly talented and rather young. Also been enjoying their playful twitter banter. Also note, Igue is the older brother of Texier Kabesa who Regis pretty much demolished in his last appearance. Both have decent stand up and fantastic ground. I think Igue has the advantage with the striking though, but we will see. I can’t really give a good prediction here as I feel it is too close to call. I will give it to Regis as he has the home ground advantage, but he needs to be wary of Igue’s wrestling…
Marcel teniers vs David Buirski
This is going to be a bout of will. I see both guys very even in every skills aspect. This is going to come down to who wants it more and has the better conditioning. I think we will see a finish in the 3rd round but as to whom, its anyone’s guess.
Brendon Groenewald vs Elvis Moyo
Here we have a classic striker vs grappler. The winner of this bout will face Christopher Walravens for the Heavyweight title. I don’t feel that Elvis is really eligable for a number 1 contender bout after a single victory, but seeing as there isn’t really anyone else with a recent win; it goes to him and Brendon. Elvis’s camp claimed in a video they are ready for Brendon’s take downs; we have not seen anything from him showing a take down defence. I can’t really see this going any other way than Brendon working to the ground and scoring a rear naked choke in the 2nd round.
Irshaad Sayed vs Charlie Weyer
This bout I feel is going to be similiar as with the Leo Gloss bout. Although will be a much bigger challenge for Irshaad. Charlie comes into this bout off a title fight loss to Zulu. And as with Leo he is coming with some high level boxing. But Irshaad already showed that his boxing is on par. If we look at the ground skills, I still feel that Irshaad’s skills are way ahead of Charlie. This one is gonna go to Irshaad in the 2nd round with some ground and pound. My thoughts are ahead though to who will get No. 1 contender about against winner of Zulu and Demarte? Is Francois Groenewald or Irshaad should he win this bout next in line?
Don Madge vs Boyd Allen
Look both guys are severely ahead in technical skills compared to the majority in the EFC. How ever, Don is still a far more complete package than Boyd. This will be a very different fight to his Leon Maynardt bouts as they required a different style completely. I think neither of these guys will struggle wo claim their titles in their respective divisions, but I don’t think Boyd will have what it takes to beat Don. Regardless of the victor, it is going to be an epic fight to make EFC history. Still, Don to win this in the 4th round.
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