EFC 104: Action-Packed Prelims Provide Entertainment Ahead of Kabesa vs Bembe

EFC 104: Action-Packed Prelims Provide Entertainment Ahead of Kabesa vs Bembe

Byron Pillay
June 15, 2023 at 9:02 PM
  • The prelims of EFC 104 saw many action-packed bouts between some of the up-and-coming stars
  • Prince Lolia needed just 45 seconds to pick up a win as he brutally knocked out Elvis Ngwalangwala
  • Jeremie Tshibala and Christopher Matukane left it all in the Hexagone in their quest to pick up a win

Fight fans didn’t have to wait for the main card of EFC 104 for enthralling action.

The action started during the prelims, as each fighter wanted to prove they were future stars.

Igeu Kabesa, Vince Bembe, Sport, World, EFC,104, Featherweight Title, Winner, Title, Johannesburg, Jeremie Tshibala, Christopher Matukane, Cole 'The Hitman' Henning, Tapiwa Katikati
The action at EFC 104 lived up to the hype as the prelims set the stage for the main card. Image: Byron Pillay
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EFC 104 began with the Featherweight bout between Sibusiso Sovendle and Divon Bosomi.

Both fighters had big chances, but Bosomi had arguably the best opportunity of the evening when he had Sovendle hooked in a Kimura Lock in the second round. Despite his tight grip on the move, Sovendle would not tap and was eventually able to fight out of the hold.

Both men would trade blows for the rest of the fight and exchange control on the ground. At the end of the three rounds, the outcome was decided by the judges, who scored it in favour of Sovendle.

Robert Swanepoel vs Lisaka Landoyi

The second fight on the undercard was a heavy-hitting catchweight bout. Swanepoel and Landoyi left everything in the Hexagon as they both sought victory.

Igeu Kabesa, Vince Bembe, Sport, World, EFC,104, Featherweight Title, Winner, Title, Johannesburg, Jeremie Tshibala, Christopher Matukane, Cole 'The Hitman' Henning, Tapiwa Katikati
Lisaka Landoyi picked up the win on the judges' scorecards. Image: Byron Pillay
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Neither man could finish the fight in the three rounds, and the fight also went to the judges’ decision. All three judges scored the fight in favour of Lanodyi, giving Brothers in Arms their second victory of the night.

Valere Ilenda vs Danie Swart

Ilenda and Swart also put on another action-packed bout that saw both men have moments.

Going into the third round, either man could have won the bout, but the veteran Swart showed his skill by finishing the fight with his strikes. Swart used his ground and pound to put away Ilenda and secure the win.

Igeu Kabesa, Vince Bembe, Sport, World, EFC,104, Featherweight Title, Winner, Title, Johannesburg, Jeremie Tshibala, Christopher Matukane
Danie Swart picked up the win via TKO by strikes. Image: Byron Pillay
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Prince Lolia vs Elvis Ngwalangwala

The quickest fight on the undercard came when Prince Lolia took just 45 seconds to knock out Elvis Ngwalangwala.

Before the knockout, Ngwalangwala landed a heavy body kick that looked like it would set him up for more offence. But Lolia landed a brilliant hook soon after, leaving his opponent out cold.

Jeremie Tshibala vs Christopher Matukane

The Middleweight bout between Jeremie Tshibala and Christopher Matukane promised to be good, especially after bother fighters had to be separated at the weigh-in. The fight lived up to the hype, with the first round being an even contest.

Matukane did lock in a choke hold, but Tshibala was able to fight out of it. In the second round, Tshibala attempted to hook in a choke hold, but Matukane fought out of it. Tshibala did use the position to get onto Matukane’s back, wrapping his legs around his opponent.

He landed some good shots from the top position while Matukane’s corner screamed at him to try and get up. Matukane did manage to get the top position and finished the round, trying to land at least one telling blow.

Igeu Kabesa, Vince Bembe, Sport, World, EFC,104, Featherweight Title, Winner, Title, Johannesburg, Jeremie Tshibala, Christopher Matukane
Jeremie Tshibala dominated the first round against Christopher Matukane. Image: Byron Pillay
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The third round was a more tactical battle as both men were gassed and tried to finish the fight before it went too far. Matukane landed some good shots, but Tshibala managed to get in some ground and pound with two minutes remaining.

Matukane reversed the position and managed to finish the wrong in control.

At the end of the third round, both men had no energy to move, a testament to how much energy they used up trying to get the win.

Tshibala was so exhausted that a stretcher was brought into the ring before the decision was announced. Thankfully he managed to get back to his feet and make his way to the centre of the cage, where he was declared the winner by unanimous decision.

Igeu Kabesa, Vince Bembe, Sport, World, EFC,104, Featherweight Title, Winner, Title, Johannesburg, Jeremie Tshibala, Christopher Matukane, Cole 'The Hitman' Henning, Tapiwa Katikati
Doctors checked on Jeremie Tshibala after the fight as he struggled to stand on his own two feet. Image: Byron Pillay
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Humphrey Mulenga vs Guelor Sondi

The final fight of the prelims saw Humphrey Mulenga take Guelor Sondi. It was action-packed from the first second as both men came out swinging.

The bout did go down to the ground not long after, and Mulenga managed to get Sondi’s back, hooking in a rear-naked choke and picking up the win.

Igeu Kabesa retains Featherweight title

The greatest Featherweight on the African continent, Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa put his title on the line against Vince Bembe in the main event of EFC 104.

Kabesa proved why he’s the champion, and also why he will go down as the GOAT of African MMA.

He finished off Bembe in round one to defend his title, using his impressive wrestling skills to get the win, Sports Brief reported.

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