EFC champions retain their titles

2012-10-20 08:44

As the night reached its peak in Brakpan, fight fans at the Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) Africa 16 had been treated to inglorious upsets and gallant defences.

The night at Carnival City on the eastern edge of Joburg featured 13 fights. Three of these were well anticipated headline-title contests.

The audience’s ravenous thirst for heroics was served well in the heavyweight title fight between the undefeated heavyweight champion, Ruan Potts and Angolan pugilist Bernardo “Black panther” Makixi.

The match-up ended in the second round with the referee stopping the brawl to give Potts a TKO victory. Makixi came out determined to meet the champ squarely and had him tamed twice on the floor.

The Joburg-based Angolan fighter discharged a barrage with his fists to thrill the gathered revellers. However, in the second round the tide turned in the champion’s favour. He realised he could slug it out successfully against his challenger, and he forced the fight.

Looking visibly drained and pressed for breath he pinned Makixi down on the canvas, raining in a stream of elbows and punches until the referee stepped in, stopping the fight in favour of the reigning champ.

Potts added a fifth notch to his heavyweight title defences. He remains undefeated in EFC with 15 wins in all.

In the welterweight championship fight, Capetonian Jadyson Costa made an inglorious attempt at defending his crown against Michiel Opperman, the kickboxing and kyokoshin karateka from Pretoria.

Costa’s tepid showing of his muay thai and jiujitsu couldn’t resist Opperman’s knack for submission tactics. The adrenaline was yet to flow when the two brawlers were on the canvas. The Pretorian secured a neck lock on an apparently unmotivated Costa and the belt was his.

The featherweight titled brawl between Demarte Pena and Terrence Griessel saw too many wild kicks and punches into the air that hardly ever connected.

It was as if the two fighters were determined not to hurt each other. They were visibly in awe of each other and failed to produce a decisive clash of brute force. The decision went to the judges.

So, after five rounds of swinging and sweating, the score favoured Pena, who retained his crown in an unconvincing finish.

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