By Edrich Pienaar

On Saturday 19 August at Carnival City, Johannesburg, the middleweight champion, Yannick Bahati clashes with the welterweight champion, Dricus du Plessis for the EFC middleweight championship.

EFC middleweight champion, England’s Yannick Bahati, has made a career out of antagonising SA fans, and his antics are now spreading to SA media also. In the build-up to his Champion vs Champion bout against EFC welterweight champion, South African Dricus Du Plessis, Bahati has now ducked two media engagements while keeping a steady stream of vile smack talk locked on to his opponent, and SA fans.

Du Plessis will try to make history by attempting to become the first fighter in the EFC to hold two titles in two separate division simultaneously. He confidently offered a full breakdown of his opponent:

“He tries to intimidate me with mind games, but he doesn’t understand how it’s done,” said Du Plessis. “His body language is an obvious giveaway… He doesn’t believe his own trash talk, he doesn’t believe in himself, and it shows… There is nothing in what he says or what he’s done that I find worrying.”

The Rivalry reached an all-time high at the official EFC 62 Media Day. Bahati and du Plessis participated in a heated press conference consistently breaking into arguments, highlighting their extreme dislike for each other. After the press conference fighters faced-off for cameras and fans. While all face-offs were intense, Bahati dialled the day to another level by slapping Du Plessis.

The event officials, MMA SA PRO, has since informed both athletes and EFC that Bahati and Du Plessis will receive fines for their language used in a public space, and for the physical altercation.

This is arguably the best fight of 2017 (and most likely in the EFC to date). Skill for skill you have the best middleweight versus the best welterweight in the EFC promising in what promises to be the most watched fight in EFC history.

The EFC 62 main card bouts will be broadcasted live on SABC 3 (in South Africa) starting at 21:00 (CAT). Don’t miss what promises to be an epic event with no less than 3 title fights.



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