Igeu Kabesa Earns Double Champion Status With EFC Lightweight Title Victory at EFC 112

Igeu Kabesa Earns Double Champion Status With EFC Lightweight Title Victory at EFC 112

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2024 at 6:43 AM
  • Igeu "Smiley" Kabesa has added the EFC's Lightweight title to his collection of belts
  • Smiley defeated Kaleka Kabanda for the vacant strap in the co-main event at EFC 112
  • The double champion's quest to compete overseas has been hampered by Home Affairs

Igeu Kabesa is officially a double champion in the EFC.

The man known as Smiley made history in the co-main event of EFC 112 and proved once again why he's considered the greatest MMA star on the continent.

Igeu Kabesa won the EFC Lightweight title at EFC 112.
Igeu Kabesa defeated Kaleka Kabanda to win the EFC Lightweight title at EFC 112. Image: Roarke Bouffe (EFC).
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Smiley defeated Kaleka ‘Block’ Kabanda in the co-main event of EFC 112 to win the vacant Lightweight championship of the world.

The Featherweight champion dominated his division and then moved on to Lightweight to challenge himself, but he was not challenged. Facing a dangerous threat in Kabanda, Smiley took him down in the first round and used his superior wrestling skills to control his opponent.

Block tried to reverse the position at one point, but he only made things worse for himself. He gave up his back, and Kabesa quickly hooked in a rear-naked choke, forcing Block to tap out.

Kabesa now holds two titles in two divisions, but his eyes are set on international glory. Many feel he should already compete for promotions like the UFC or PFL.

Arguably the greatest champion in the EFC's history, Kabesa dreams of competing overseas, but problems with Home Affairs sorting out his documentation have unfortunately derailed his dreams and left him somewhat frustrated.

JP Kruger wins Middleweight strap

JP Kruger's nickname may be Tinkerbell, but he's an absolute beast when he competes in the cage.

Kruger proved that when he became the Undisputed Middleweight Champion in the main event of EFC 112.

Kruger submitted Luke Michael in the second round of their hard-hitting battle, Sports Brief reported.

EFC 112: A night of knockouts

Sports Brief also reported how EFC 112 was a night of truly spectacular knockouts.

There were two first-round knockout victories secured within the first three fights.

Simbarashe Hokonya and Isaac Muluh picked up impressive wins with their KO power.

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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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