EFC 110: Mark Hulme and Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa Ready to Defend Titles After Weigh In

EFC 110: Mark Hulme and Igeu ‘Smiley’ Kabesa Ready to Defend Titles After Weigh In

Jarryd Westerdale
updated at December 7, 2023 at 8:16 AM
  • EFC 110 features title bouts in both the welterweight and featherweight divisions
  • The EFC Performance Institute will host seven preliminary bouts with five on the main card
  • Brazilian Reinaldo looks to repeat his submission victory over Smiley Kabesa to regain the belt

An octagon fight night is upon us again

EFC 110 brings fight fans 12 bouts of heart-pounding mixed martial arts action just in time to make it the most 'thunderful time of year'.

The weigh-in concluded without incident, other than the combatants exchanging a few polite warnings as they looked for the psychological edge for their December 7 fights.

EFC 110, Hulme, Smiley, Ekson, PEace.
EFC 110's combatants weighed-in at the EFC Performance Institute and all systems are go for fight night. Photo: @EFCWorldwide.
Source: Twitter

The first of the two straps on the line will see 10-3 defending Welterweight champion, Mark Hulme confident that he will steamroll the 4-2 challenger, Peace Nguphane.

Speaking to EFC's Simon Stephens, Hulme said:

"There's no bad blood. I'm grateful he took the fight and I look forward to putting him out. There's no prediction, Im going to finish him."

Not counting the no-contest from EFC 105, Nguphane's last two victories came against Johan van Staden and Given Majuba, both by TKO. The Springs man is confident, telling Stephens:

"Dude, I've been slaying these veterans since I stepped in this cage so there is nothing that is going to change."

The main event is a Featherweight title fight between Polokwane's Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa and Brazil's Reinaldo Ekson.

'Guerreiro' handed Kabesa one of his two defeats at EFC 86 and the champ will be keen to exorcise the demons of that haunting evening.

Visibly pumped, Kabesa told Stephens:

"I don't mind losing, I don't mind winning, you catch me on an off day, good for you, catch me on my good day, and lets see what happens to you. The belt doesn't define me, man."

With the eyes of a determined man, the Brazilian stared into that camera and simply told Kabesa he was the champ's 'nightmare'.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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