Mark Hulme and Igeu Kabesa Retain Titles at Electrifying EFC 110

Mark Hulme and Igeu Kabesa Retain Titles at Electrifying EFC 110

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 8, 2023 at 9:48 AM
  • Mark Hulme and Igeu Kabesa defended their Welterweight and Featherweight titles
  • 10 other fights were on offer with undercard wins for Willie van Rooyen and Francis Martin
  • Eduardo Barros, Anthony Morel and Sylvester Chipfumbu won their main card fights

The curtain has come down on another successful EFC year.

Marking the most 'thunderful time of year', fight fans packed into a sweltering Performance Institute in Johannesburg to cheer on the warriors of the Octagon.

Exciting preliminary bouts gave way to tactical main card events before all eyes turned to centre stage as the prized EFC belts were on the line.

Mark Hulme, EFC 110, Peace Nguphane
Mark Hulme and Igeu Kabesa defended their respective EFC Welterweight and Featherweight titles at EFC 110. Photo: Jarryd Westerdale.
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In the preceding main card fights, Eduardo Barros won by Unanimous Decision, Anthony Morel by a strike-enforced TKO and Sylvester Chipfumbu overcame Sindile Manengel by Unanimous Decision.

In the evening's first title fight, Welterweight champion Mark Hulme took care of business against Peeace Nguphane.

Accompained to the ring by EFC graduate and UFC star, Dricus du Plessis, Hulme never looked threatened. After testing Nguphane's range in the opening minutes of the first round, slowly sizing up his opponent.

Hulme was always several moves ahead of Nguphane, and as the first round came to a close, he overwhelmed the challenger to lock in a winning rear naked choke.

Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa was out for revenge against the only man who had beaten him in the previous six years. In their first encounter, Reinaldo Ekson floored Kabesa before he could initiate his ground game.

The defending Featherweight champ went for the takedown as early as possible, beginning five rounds of gritty, energy-sapping grappling masterclass.

Ekson would struggle to gain any ascendancy but never panicked, taking the fight the distance. In a contest the judges found too tight to call, Kabesa retained his title by Unanimous Draw.

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EFC 110 undercard highlights

Sports Brief was at the EFC Performance Institute and compiled a list of results for the EFC 110 undercard.

Fighting in front of South Africa's MMA elite, debuts were made, careers were launched and hopes were dashed.

The seven winning fighters all left 2023 on a momentous high, setting themselves up for a grand 2024.

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Jarryd Westerdale
Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.