EFC 53 Official Weigh-In Results

EFC 53 Official Weigh-In Results

Carnival City’s Mardi Gras Theatre played host to a heavily biased crowd for the EFC 53: UK vs RSA weigh-in this afternoon. Two of the world’s greatest sporting countries are set to collide inside the Hexagon, with national pride at stake.

Reigning middleweight champion and UK native Yannick ‘Black Mamba’ Bahati took to the scale to boos and jeers from the crowd, who made their support for Bahati’s local opponent known in no uncertain terms. He faces South African Michiel Opperman in the main event of the evening, Opperman himself a former welterweight champion. The man from Pretoria enters the Hexagon tomorrow night as the underdog, but seemed quietly confident as he stepped onto the scale. An intense stare-down and verbal exchange took place when the two athletes stood face-to-face.


Self-assured as ever, Bahati’s message was simple and blatant when interviewed, “I’m not just the best middleweight. I am the best athlete in EFC. Mr. Opperman is going to sleep.” Opperman ignored the verbal threat from Bahati and called for a rally of support from the fans, “Come out and support tomorrow night. It is going to be insane.”

Fan favourite Boyd Allen is set to face Wales’ Azi ’One Bomb’ Thomas in the penultimate bout of the evening. Allen is renowned amongst MMA fans for his cool, calm and collected boxing styles. Similarly, Thomas has represented his country in the Commonwealth Games for boxing. Potentially two of the best boxers in MMA, are on an inevitable collision course. While Allen was his usual stoic self on stage, Thomas took to throwing verbal lashings at Allen.

In what is widely tipped as a favourite for ‘Fight of the Night’, former featherweight champion Danny Henry of Scotland faces the ever exciting Wade Groth from South Africa. These are two men vying to return to the top of the division and another shot at EFC gold. Both have consistently delivered bonus-winning performances in the past with their slick striking and speed. Another big performance could see them get a shot at gold.

With two of the organisation’s biggest finishers set to go head-to-head, it’s hard to imagine the only heavyweight fight on the card going the distance. South Africa’s Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl and England’s Tony ‘Oosh’ Mustard are both known for their heavy hands and more than capable ground games. Will home ground advantage come into play for van Zyl or will Mustard’s KO power deliver a dream debut?

The main card will be opened by the ever entertaining Tumisang ‘The President’ Madiba, who looks to continue his incredible form of late and win his third fight in three months when he faces the undefeated Mamoudou Toure from Senegal.

All athletes made weight within the allotted time.

The full EFC 53 weigh-in results were as follows:


Bout 1: Catchweight bout

Pieter de Klerk 71.85kg

Claude Ntumba 72.00kg


Bout 2 : Welterweight bout

Sizwe Mnikathi 75.70kg

Conrad Seabi 76.60g


Bout 3 : Featherweight bout

Boney Bukaka 63.70kg

Pierre Botha 65.90kg


Bout 4 : Middleweight bout

Johnny Fields 81.50kg

Georgie Georgiev 81.40kg


Bout 5: Bantamweight bout

Jasen van der Merwe 60.85kg

Martin de Beer 61.00kg


Bout 6 : Welterweight bout

Pupanga Tresor 76.90kg

Kaleka Kabanda 75.40kg


Bout 7 : Featherweight bout

Mamoudou Toure 66.00kg

Tumisang Madiba 65.55kg


Bout 8 : Heavyweight bout

Tony Mustard 111.30kg

Andrew van Zyl 118.60kg


Bout 9 : Featherweight bout

Danny Henry 66.00kg

Wade Groth 66.00kg


Bout 10 : Lightweight

Boyd Allen 68.80kg

Azi Thomas 68.50kg


Bout 11 : Catchweight bout

Michiel Opperman 89.10kg

Yannick Bahati 89.45kg



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