5 Things we learned from EFC 57
– By Edrich Pienaar
EFC 57 was headlined by the grudge rematch for the featherweight title between the then undefeated champion, Igeu Kabesa, and Scotsman Danny Henry. The main card was stacked with fighters who could deliver fight of the night performances. Once again the event did not disappoint. Here are 5 things we learned from EFC 57:
Van Staden is a force at Lightweight
Much had been made of Martin van Staden’s drop to lightweight ahead of EFC 57, with many questioning whether he could maintain his strength. He proved his doubters wrong with a TKO victory in the second round. The Punisher put the whole division on notice with this TKO win against Christian Holley in his first official fight at lightweight. He proved that he will be a force at lightweight.
Danny Henry is the best Featherweight in EFC
The man from Scotland proved he is the best in the featherweight division. He is the only man to beat the then champion, Boyd Allen, in the EFC 44. AT EFC 57 he also beat a man that no one could do in 8 previous attempts, Igeu Kabesa. The featherweights are going to have their work cut out for them if they want to take the title away from the man training out of Higher Level Martial Arts in Scotland.
Wessel Mostert is a true title contender
Wessel Mostert maintained his unbeaten record with a devastating TKO over Englishman Tony Mustard inside the first round. He proved that he will be a true title contender should he be offered an opportunity at the heavyweight title currently held by Andrew van Zyl.
Gordon Roodman is back on the Map
At EFC 57 we witnessed a sculptured Georgi Georgiev get taken apart by a less-sculptured but rough-looking Gordon Roodman. The man they call “Rage” got back into the win column with an immaculate display of striking, resulting in a decision victory over the Bulgarian. Roodman has put himself back on the map after possibly the best fight of his professional career.
Bokang Masunyane is the future of the EFC
The man they call “The Little Giant” proved that he is a future contender for the flyweight title with his dominant unanimous decision victory over Luthando Biko. Not only does he boast with a phenomenal wrestling skillset, he also has a powerful right hand that will rock any fighter in the flyweight division.