EFC 58: Mazany vs Madge – Full Recap.
On Saturday 8 April at Grand West the lightweight title was up for grabs as Dave “Pain Train” Mazany defended his title against Cape Town favourite, Don “Magic Man” Madge.
On the same night the former interim bantamweight champion, Irshaad Sayed, faced off against the charismatic Tumisang Madiba in the latter’s first fight as a bantamweight.
The former two times heavyweight champion, Ruan Potts, went head to head against Englands Karl Etherington.
The Main card also included 2 other bouts. Sylvester Chipfumbu clashed against bantamweight veteran, Abdul Hassan.
Lastly, the former welterweight champion, Dino Bagattin, faced off against Cape Town based, Shaun de Lange.
Main Event: Don Madge def. Dave Mazany via Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2
The fight started off slowly as the fighters gave each other much deserved respect. It didn’t take long for the fighters to engage. Towards the end of the first round it was the champion (Mazany) who secured a takedown and gained top control.
In the second round Madge used his well known Muay Thai skills and landed two nasty kicks to the champion’s body. Madge somewhat surprised by taking the fight to the ground. He wasted no time in taking his opponent’s back and locking in a inescapable rear naked choke. Living up to his moniker, “The Pain Train”, Mazany refused to tap and instead sank unconscious to the canvas, gifting Madge the belt that he last held three years ago.
Co-Main Event: Irshaad Sayed def. Tumisang Madiba via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
The co-main event started off at a furious pace with both fighters making their intentions clear from the opening bell. Madiba did what no one else in the division could do, knock down Sayed. And he did it more than once. Sayed fans feared the writing was on the wall when Madiba applied a gilliotine choke. Sayed miraculously escaped with much amazement from the crowd.
At the start of the second round Madiba looked visibly tired and sluggish. That didn’t stop him from putting everything he had behind his punches. It was Sayed who got the knockdown via a left hook flush on his opponent’s chin. He wasted no time in finishing the fight via TKO.
Fight 3: Ruan Potts def. Karl Etherington via TKO (strikes) – Round 1
Former EFC heavyweight champion Ruan ‘Fangzz’ Potts strode into the Hexagon to face the UK’s “Wrecking Machine” Karl Etherington. Both fighters engaged with punches right from the start. Etherington managed to get an early takedown, but Potts used his high level BJJ skills to get the reversal and then proceeded to rain down vicious ground and pound to his opponent’s head forcing the referee to stop the fight and award Potts the win by TKO.
Fight 4: Sylvester Chipfumbu def. Abdul Hassan via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
Sylvester “Gladiator” Chipfumbu stepped up a level when he took on former title contender, Abdul “Hollywood” Hassan. He proved his right to stand with the EFC veteran by stifling Hassan’s takedown attempts with dangerous kicks from range, and then landing a pistol shot of a straight right that dropped Hassan to the canvas. The undefeated Chipfumbu is now on the verge of a shot at the flyweight title.
Fight 5: Shaun de Lange def. Dino Bagattin via Split Decision – Round 3
Then opening fight of the main card was the pick of most viewers as the fight of the night. And these two fighters did not disappoint. Fists and feet was flying non – stop from the start.
Neither Bagattin nor de Lange gave up and had the crowd on their feet cheering with excitement and jumping up and down with adrenaline.
In the end it was de Lange who took victory by split decision. This is defiantly a contender for fight of the year (2017
Fight 6: Deon Brunning def. Regis Muyambu via TKO (strikes) – Round 2
Fight 7: Gary Joshua def. Jasen v/d Merwe via Submission (Guillotine) – Round1
Fight 8: Aadam Grant def. Claude Ntumba via Submission (RNC) – Round 1
Fight 9: Roderique Kena def. Duanne Jones via Tapout (strikes) – Round 2
Fight 10: Caleb Ridley def. Kevin Pheko via Submission (Triangle Choke) – Round 2
Fight 11: Faeez Jacobs def. Jessie Flemming via TKO (strikes) – Round 1
Fight of the Night: Shaun de Lange vs Dino Bagattin
Performance Bonuses: Duanne Jones, Irshaad Sayed, Tumisang Madiba