EFC 110: 3 Title Fights Headline Main Card, Africa’s Greatest Featherweight Igeu Kabesa Defends

EFC 110: 3 Title Fights Headline Main Card, Africa’s Greatest Featherweight Igeu Kabesa Defends

Byron Pillay
November 20, 2023 at 2:13 PM
  • Igeu Kabesa will return to the Hexagon to take on Reinaldo Ekson for the Featherweight strap
  • Mark Hulme will look to defend his Welterweight title against the dangerous Peace Nguphane
  • Humphrey Mulenga and Kaleka Kabanda will compete for the vacant Lightweight championship

EFC are pulling out all the stops for the final card of the year.

EFC 110 will close off Africa’s MMA action for 2023 and will do so in the biggest possible way.

Three title fights will headline the main card, with Africa’s greatest MMA champion, Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa, returning to the cage.

Mark Hulme and Igeu Kabesa.
Mark Hulme and Igeu Kabesa will both defend their titles at an action-packed EFC 110. Image: EFC Worldwide.
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Kabesa is undoubtedly the most dominant champion in EFC history and will take on the only man who has beaten him in the past six years, Reinaldo Ekson.

Igeu Kabesa vs Reinaldo Ekson – Featherweight Title

Kabesa is one of Africa’s greatest MMA fighters, and Smiley is never scared to take on a challenge. He has beaten some of the best international athletes who have competed in the EFC but didn’t have an answer for Ekson in 2021.

The man they call Guererro (The Warrior) was the underdog going into their title fight at EFC 86 but managed to win the bout just 90 seconds into the first round due to a submission.

Ekson vacated the belt to join the Professional Fighters League (PFL) and now returns to South African shores to challenge Kabesa again.

Mark Hulme vs Peace Nguphane – Welterweight Title

Hulme will have a challenge on his hands when he defends his Welterweight strap for the first time at EFC 110.

Hulme won the title when he beat the undefeated Ziko Makengele in round one of their title fight at EFC 102.

He now faces a fighter who has never been in a fight that has gone to the judges’ scorecard. Peace Nguphane is a scary prospect for any opponent, as he boasts strength and submission skills.

Nguphane has finished his last two wins by knock-out and is hungry for his first title.

Humphrey Mulenga vs Kaleka Kabanda – Lightweight Title

The vacant Lightweight strap will find a new home when Zambia’s Mulenga takes on Congo’s Kabanda.

King Cobra is a devastating prospect who doesn’t waste his time in the ring. Mulenga has never been past the first round in seven professional fights and will look to make quick work of Kabanda.

Block will be no walkover. The Congolese fighter has more wins than Mulenga and boasts impressive grappling skills. He has already beaten most of the contenders in the division and needs to dispatch King Cobra to claim gold at EFC 110.

Kabesa defends title against Vince Bembe

Sports Brief previously reported how Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa was still the Featherweight champion of the EFC.

Kabesa defeated Vince Bembe via submission in round one to retain his title in the main event of EFC 104.

Kabesa is one of Africa's greatest MMA champions, having defended the title against a host of opponents.

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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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