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Chipfumbu and Manengela Put On Explosive Fight, Morel Powers His Way to Victory at EFC 110
EFC 110 brought an end to the MMA action on the African continent for the year in stellar fashion.
With two title fights headlining the card, there was plenty of action for fight fans.
With the prelims done and dusted, action on the main card kicked off with a Bantamweight bout between Eduardo Barros and Nathanial Komana.
While Barros and Komane both landed some shots in round one, the first five minutes were largely not very action-packed as each fighter tried to find their range.
The second round started out much the same as the first, with both men taking their time.
Barros seemed to have more confidence as the round wore on, as he looked to be the more aggressive fight.
While he didn’t land as many, he continued to push forward and cut off the angles for Komana.
The round continued to run down with very little action until an accidental clash of heads led to the referee temporarily halting the fight.
The ref called a stop to the bout after Barros suffered a cut on his eyebrow due to the clash.
With the cut causing very little impairment to Barros’ vision, the referee allowed the bout to continue.
Realising that rounds one and two were too close to call, Barros came out to fight in the third and final round, starting the final five minutes on the front foot.
He threw more punches and kicks as he looked to finish the fight before it went to the judges’ scorecards. Despite both men’s best efforts, the fight did go to the judges’ decision.
Winner: Eduardo Barros by Unanimous Decision.
Sholto Luiters vs Anthony Morel
The second bout on the main card saw two heavyweights throw down.
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Representing the Reunion Island, Morel brought some international flair to the card and pulled off one of the moments of the evening.
The heavyweight suplexed his opponent in a moment that would have made any WWE superstar proud.
He then landed some big shots to Luiters and looked like he would finish the fight in round one, but the South African survived.
While the fight did go to round two, it didn’t last too long before Morel landed shot after shot on the ground to force the referee to stop the bout.
Winner: Anthony Morel by TKO via strikes.
Sindile Manengela vs Sylvester Chipfumbu
Two Bantamweights competed in the last non-title match on the main card as Manengela took on Chipfumbu.
Both fighters started speedily, as they each targeted the other’s legs, looking to slow the other down.
The pace didn’t slow as the round wore on as both fired off shots at the other. While neither had an outright advantage in the fight, Chipfumbu did throw some nasty knees toward the end of the first round.
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The second round was also a back-and-forth exchange between the two as both fighters threw elbows and knees, using anything they could to try and get the knockout.
Much like the opening bout of the night, there was little to separate the two competitors, but this time, because of the amount of effort both men put in.
Chipfumbo switched it up in round three, as instead of starting the bout with strikes, he took Manengela down to the mat.
He tried to use his position to get some damage in, but Manengela got back to his feet soon afterwards. It wasn’t for long, though, as Chipfumbu took him down once more and managed to get top control.
He showed some real aggressiveness towards the end of the fight, landing some ground and pound to end the round in a dominant fashion.
Winner: Sylvester Chipfumbu won by Unanimous Decision.