EFC 63 Preview: Mazany vs Gorimbo
By Edrich Pienaar
In just over a week, the Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) returns to Grand West Cape Town for its record breaking 63rd event.
The growing interest in EFC is testament to the quality of the promotion, the skill and tenacity of its athletes, and the passion of its fans both at home and across the globe. The new figures place EFC at over 17.1 million unique SABC 3 viewers since February of this year.
Main Event: Dave “Pain Train” Mazany vs Themba “The Answer” Gorimbo
The Amrerican, Mazany, Makes his comeback to the hexagon after losing the Lightweight Title to Don Madge at EFC 58. There is no doubt that he will be extremely motivated to get back into title contention with a victory against a former title contender.
He faces a fighter who only previously lost against a man which Mazany beat twice, Leon Mynhardt. This is the only blemish on the record of Gorimbo. He returned to winning ways with a poor display against England’s Joe Cummins No doubt that he will be back at his absolute best when he faces Mazany as they both look to get back into title contention.
Co Main Event: Cameron Pritchard vs Jose “Dedinho” De Rocha
The Chris Bright protégé, Cameron Pritchard, returns to Cape Town with only one thing in mind. And that is a victory that will almost definitely earn him a shot at the welterweight title against Dricus du Plessis. He recently moved camps to the well-known Fight Fit Militia to train and improve under the tutelage of Richard Quan and Norman Wessels.
The Brazilian (De Rocha) on the other and is looking for redemption after a TKO loss against Dricus du Plessis for the welterweight title. He trains out of the famous Pitbull Gym in Brazil and, like Pritchard, is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu – Jitsu.
Fight 3: Bruno “The Major” Mukulu vs Dino “The Lion” Bagattin
Originally scheduled to face each other at EFC 61 in Sun City, Bagattin suffered a concussion in the lead up and had to withdraw. He (Bagattin) returns to Cape Town in search of his first victory since EFC 36. The veteran of 20 professional MMA fights have been relatively quiet in this build – up, but be assured he will be looking to let his stand-up skills do the talking on the night.
He comes face – to – face with a man who boasts with impressive Judo. The man from the DRC to improve on his lopsided record of 5-6-1 (5 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw). Unlike his opponent he has been very vocal constantly sending messages on social media.
This fight is a possible fight of the night contender.
Fight 4: Gideon “The Juggernaut” Drotschie vs Warren “Grizzly Bear” Allison
The former Light Heavy Weight champion, Drotschie, makes his return after a 2 year absence due to a back injury. He will be looking to get back into title contention against a man who handed him only his second loss in the EFC, the current champion, Champion Dalcha.
His opponent is the very strong and unpredictable Warren Allison. Allison will be looking to add another scalp to his collection by proving he can dance with the big names. His previous fight ended with a victory (via rear-naked choke) against a relative inexperienced fighter, Roelof Scheepers. Before that he suffered losses against Rafal Haratyk and Yannick Bahati.
Fight 5: Shaun de Lange vs Conrad “Cage Wise” Seabi
One of Cape Town’s favourite sons, and crowd favourite, Shaun de Lange makes his return to the hexagon after his loss against Joe Cummins at EFC 59. No stranger to fight of the night honours he will be looking to use his effective grappling and striking skills to get himself back to winning ways and improve on his 4 – 3 record.
Conrad Saebi is a veteran of MMA. Training out of Brothers in Arms (Pretoria), he recently added the names of Sizwe Mnikathi and Kaleka Kabana to his list of victories. He, like de Lange, has impressive stand-up skills and the crowd can look forward to exciting all-out war when they step inside the hexagon.
Prelim fight to watch: Armand Scheepers “Lil Wanderlei” vs Gunther “The Beast” Kalunda
Scheepers is a fearless Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, known for his willingness to fight at any weight. Undefeated, he has finished all of his EFC bouts by submission. Originally scheduled to fight at lightweight, he will now step up to welterweight to accommodate his late replacement opponent. He is a firm crowd favourite, the fruit of years spent competing in combat sports in the Mother City.
Kalunda made his EFC debut at EFC 61, and put on an impressive display of striking and heavy-handed ground and pound. Fighting out of Tapout in Johannesburg, he carries the name ‘The Beast’ because of his incredible athleticism.
This fight takes place on the prelim card ahead of the five-fight main card at EFC 63 Cape Town: Mazany vs Gorimbo.