EFC93: Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa Produces Another Dominant Display, Defeats Ashley Calvert in the First Round

EFC93: Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa Produces Another Dominant Display, Defeats Ashley Calvert in the First Round

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:59 PM
  • Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa put on another dominant display as he returned to winning ways at EFC 93 in the co-main event
  • Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa defeated Ashley Calvert in the first round of their encounter, with a beautiful rear-naked choke
  • In the main event of the evening, Ziko Makengele won the Welterweight title, defeating Martin van Staden

Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa showed just why he’s one of the best mixed martial artists in the country.

Smiley was dominant as he dispatched Ashley Calvert in the first round of their co-main event at EFC93.

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Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa returned to winning ways with an impressive performance against Ashley Calvert. Image: @EFCWorldwide
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Calvert was on the back foot from the opening bell as Kabesa rushed out with a flying knee. Kabesa perfectly executed a judo throw to take the fight to the ground.

It didn’t take him long to finish the fight and he hooked in a rear-naked choke to pick up the win.

Kabesa’s dominant display once again had commentators noting he deserves to be fighting for an overseas promotion because he was just that good.

During his interview after the fight, Kabesa said that he was ready for fighting overseas or ready to dominate the competition once again in South Africa.

In the main event of the EFC93, the Congo’s Ziko Makengele beat Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden by knockout.

A cagey first round between the two escalated towards the end of first half when van Staden landed a head kick. Both fighters started to land blows, and Makengele tried to continue hos assault after the bell, knocking down the referee, Wicus Swart, in the process. Swart had to be replaced for the second round of the fight. Makengele and van Staden would pick up the pace as the fight wore on. Makengele would land some heavy blows and van Staden made the mistake of standing still, asking for more, before he was eventually knocked down for good. Makengele has to be pushed off van Staden despite winning the bout as he tried to rain down a few more punches.

Extreme Fighting Championship 93: Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa and Martin 'The Punisher' van Staden return to action

Africa’s flagship mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC), returns to action this weekend with another cracking fight card, Sports Brief earlier reported.

In the main event of EFC 93, South Africa’s Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden returns to the Octagon to take on Congolese fighter, Ziko Makengele. The duo will be competing for the vacant Welterweight title. Van Staden last competed at EFC 85 in May 2021 when he beat Pietie Coxen.

In the co-main event, Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa looks to return to winning ways as he faces off against Ashley Calvert in a featherweight fight, MMASucka reported.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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