Fights to Make in 2017

by Edrich Pienaar

With the first event of 2017 (EFC 57: Kabesa vs Henry) just around the corner, opinionated supporters around the world are talking about who they want to see face off in the hexagon. These are 5 fights to make in 2017.

Dricus du Plessis vs Yannick Bahati

To say that there is “some” animosity between the welterweight and middleweight champions is an understatement.

Du Plessis wasted no time in requesting a fight with Bahati after the Brit’s successful title defence against du Plessis’ training partner (David Buirsky) at EFC 56. And it seems the feeling is mutual.

Leon Mynhardt vs Azi Thomas

This fight was originally on the EFC 56 fight card. Mynhardt was then offered a shot at the lightweight title (due to injury to Don Madge) which meant that this showdown had to be postponed until a later date.

With Mynhardt opting to drop down a division to featherweight this fight totally makes sense. Fans can look forward to a stand-up war between the former commonwealth boxer and the man they call “The Iron Lion”.

JP Kruger vs Jeremy Smith

This is a clash that would set the middleweight division on fire. Originally scheduled to take place at EFC 51 the fight was postponed due to an unfortunate injury to Jeremy Smith. Much to the fans disappointed as this was a possible fight of the night / year contender.

Who doesn’t want to see these two middleweight contenders battle it out inside the hexagon in the near future?

Shana Power vs Amanda Lino

At EFC 54 Shana Power was set to fight Amanda Lino for the inaugural Women’s Bantamweight title. Unfortunately Power had to withdraw at the 11th hour due to health issues.

This promises to be one of the best women’s bantamweight fights coming to our screens in 2017.

Tumisang Madiba vs Azi Thomas

Madiba expressed his eagerness to fight the Welshman during the EFC 53 post – fight press conference, but unfortunately this fight wasn’t on the cards for 2016. Since then a war of words between these two top featherweights continues on social media with both fighters has expressing their strong desire to settle their differences inside the hexagon.

This has all the right ingredients for a good all-round clash that will have fans out of their seats with excitement.

2017 Promises to be another year of stacked fight cards and exciting match-ups. No matter how things turn out fans are in for another great year of EFC entertainment.