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EFC 104: Igeu Kabesa Defeats Vince Bembe in Round 1 to Defend Featherweight Belt
- Igeu Kabesa retained his Featherweight title by defeating Vince Bembe in the main event of EFC 104
- 'Smiley' is the greatest Featherweight on the continent and the most dominant champion in the EFC
- Bembe looked to hook in a submission move early but Kabesa's wrestling skills were on full display
The greatest Featherweight on the African continent, Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa, put his title on the line against Vince Bembe.
Kabesa proved why he’s champion and why he will go down as the GOAT.
He finished off Bembe in round one to defend his title, using his impressive wrestling skills to get the win. Bembe managed to take Smiley to the ground and attempted to hook in a headlock, but the champion never looked threatened.
Kabesa used his superior wrestling skills to reverse the position and started to control the fight. Smiley took Bembe’s back and flattened him out, landing shot after shot. When Bembe did try to get to his feet, Kabesa locked in a rear-naked choke to force the challenger to tap.
Speaking after the fight, Kabesa said that no one believed in him, except his coach, Tobie Alberts. He also thanked his camp for believing in him, saying that is why he's great today.
He also touched on reports that this may be his last fight in the organisation.
“I've learnt one thing from coach Jan. You can only control what you can control. What is out of your control, you can't control,” Smiley said.
He added that, for now, he could only control his training and staying fit.
Cole Henning takes out Katikati
The co-main event of EFC 104 saw the undefeated Tapiwe Katikati take on Cole Henning in a Lightweight bout.
Katikati came into the fight having finished all of his previous opponents, but Henning ended that win streak.
Katikati looked to end the fight in the first round as he threw wild shots at Henning, Sports Brief has reported.
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Igeu Kabesa vs Vince Bembe
Sports Brief also reported that Igeu Kabesa returns to the Hexagon, aiming to defend his Featherweight title again.
Smiley, an EFC veteran of 17 fights, is the number-one-ranked Featherweight in the country and a dominant champ.
Having last fought in November 2022, beating Bradley Swanepoel, Kabesa will defend his title next against Bembe.