Monday, June 6, 2011

Extreme Fighting Championship Africa 9 Chaser

Who's the best heavyweight in South Africa?
EFC-Africa is known for delivering knockout shows, and we should expect no less at EFCA 9. The event is highlighted by a heavyweight showdown between current EFC Heavyweight Champion Norman Wessels, who will defend the title against undefeated Ruan Potts (12-0).

Also, a rematch between middleweights Jeremy "Pitbull" Smith and Liam Cleland should stir things up a bit. Smith has garnered attention fighting for rival promotion, XFC-Africa (affiliated with the Florida-based Xtreme Fighting Championships). He has collected a 9-1 record of which his only loss came to Cleland. Smith is a heavy-handed fighter. He offered American Top Team representative Joe Ray his only loss back in December.

The action takes place on June 30 at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg. The event is sanctioned by the ISCF.

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From the EFC-Africa website:
EFC AFRICA 09 Main Card Bouts Finalised

Live at the Coca-Cola Dome, Thursday 30 June 2011 – Tickets are on sale now.

Johannesburg (South Africa) – EFC AFRICA returns to the Coca-Cola Dome on 30 June for EFC AFRICA 09, the latest installment of the continent’s best MMA action.

EFC AFRICA’s first super heavyweight bout as well as a heavyweight title fight present knockout potential like never before, while the middleweight and featherweight divisions usher in hot new prospects eager to make their mark.

For the main event of the evening, Ruan ‘Fangzz’ Potts challenges Norman ‘Chef’ Wessels for the EFC AFRICA heavyweight title. This will be Wessels’ first title defence since he became champion by defeating Bernardo Mikixi at EFC AFRICA 05 in October 2010. Wessels now has a record of 4-1. The title challenger, Potts, holds a record of 12-0 and earned his title shot by making very short work of his last two EFC AFRICA opponents thanks to devastating ground and pound.

At middleweight, Jeremy ‘Pitbull’ Smith makes his EFC AFRICA debut against Liam Cleland. Smith has a phenomenal 9-1 record and has already garnered international recognition. However, the single loss on Smith’s record was put there by Cleland, and Smith is raring to settle the score. Cleland has a record of 3-1 and will surely use all of his formidable jiu-jitsu weapons in this hugely anticipated rematch.

At featherweight, EFC AFRICA veteran ‘King’ Leo Gloss (8-2) takes on newcomer Charlie ‘Silky Smooth’ Weyer (0-0). Weyer may be new to the competitive MMA circuit, but he holds an undefeated boxing record and has been polishing his MMA game for the last year in preparation for his debut. Gloss also comes from a boxing background and has proven himself one of EFC AFRICA’s most dominant strikers. Prepare for a stand-up clash to remember!

Two more fights have been confirmed so far; Bernardo ‘Black Panther’ Mikixi will face Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl at heavyweight, and EFC AFRICA presents its first super heavyweight bout, Tiny Strauss against Dewald Botes. Strauss and Botes both weigh-in at roughly 150kg and have a history of first round knockouts. Expect earth-shaking action when these behemoths collide in EFC AFRICA’s newest division!

Many more fights to be confirmed, full fight card coming soon.

EFC AFRICA 09 takes place at the Coca-Cola Dome on 30 June. Tickets on sale now at Computicket, and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas will be available at shortly. More information available at

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Extreme Fighting Championship Africa 9
June 30, 2011
Coca-Cola Dome,
Northgate, Johannesburg, South Africa

EFC-Africa Heavyweight Championship Title Bout
Norman Wessels vs. Ruan Potts

Jeremy Smith vs. Liam Cleland
Leo Gloss vs. Charlie Weyer
Bernardo Mikixi vs. Andrew Van Zyl
Francois Kabulu vs. Leon Mynhardt
Mwande Vapi vs. Michiel Opperman
Daniel Strauss vs. Dewald Botes
Steven Momah vs. Martin van Staden
Wentzel Nel vs. Manny Da Silva
Wade Henderson vs. Wiehahn Lesch
Ashley Calvert vs. Wade Groth
Tshikangu Makuebo vs. Tyron Rightford

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