- Igue Kabesa and Nerick Simoes will do battle for the vacant Extreme Fighting Championship Featherweight title
- Reinaldo Ekson, the former Featherweight champion, vacated the title to move to another MMA promotion
- HP van Staden will take on Peace Nguphane in a Welterweight match in the co-main event of EFC 95
Africa’s premier mixed martial art fighters will return to the cage today to battle for bragging rights and big wins.
Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) 95 will take place at the EFC Performance Institute in Johannesburg, with Igeu “Smiley Kabesa taking on Nerick “The Beast” Simoes in the main event.
As reported by IOL, the duo will battle for the vacant EFC Featherweight title.
The title was vacated by the previous champion, Reinaldo Ekson, who joined the Professional Fighters League’s Challenger Series. Ekson beat Kabesa for the title and Smiley was eyeing a rematch with the Brazilian for the title.
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Instead, he will take on CIT’s Simoes who is on a three-fight win streak.
Elsewhere on the main card, HP van Staden will take on Peace Nguphane in a Welterweight match while Scotland’s Keir Harvie battles Vince Bembe in a Featherweight bout. Ashley Calvert takes on Tumisang Madiba in a Catchweight fight and Adrian Sanchez fights Mark Ewen in a Lightweight match.
The prelim bouts are:
Sizwe Mnikathi vs Orlando Machava – Catchweight
Roevan de Beer vs Martin Gcinumkhondo – Bantamweight
Jaco du Plessis vs Maurice Kabamba – Middleweight
Robert Simbowe vs Given Majuba – Lightweight
Tumelo Manyamala vs Tyral Louw – Flyweight
EFC93: Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa Produces Another Dominant Display, Defeats Ashley Calvert in the First Round
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.
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.
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.