The main card opener was in the featherweight division between Tumisang ‘The President’ Madiba and Anicet Kanyeba. From the first bell an intense pace was set, with both fighters showing there intent by trading leather. Kanyeba scored early with a few take-downs before Madiba landed a good combo that seemed to rock Kanyeba. Anicet finished the strongest as the round ends, after surviving a huge onslaught by Madiba. Leg kicks landed by both followed by a combo from Madiba before the ref steps in for an accidental eye poke. The doctor judged Kanyeba unable to continue. Bout stopped – No Contest, could we see a rematch in Cape Town at EFC 52, on August 05.
Next up we had the fight of the night, Gareth Buirski vs Brazilian Magno Alves in the bantamweight division. Both Buirski and Alves came out aggressive. Buirski gets the better of the exchanges and lands some big punches which rocked Alves but Buiski couldn’t finish. The Brazilian, Alves, a BJJ blackbelt, showed great timing and accuracy with his take-downs and belligerent striking, but could not convince the judges. Gareth Buirski def Magno Alves by unanimous decision, the first defeat in 4 for the Brazilian Alves.
Barend ‘BB Gun’ Nienaber faced former featherweight champion, Scotland’s Danny Henry. Round 1, both showed great skill and calmness on the ground with a submission attempt by Nienaber followed by a reversal and some ground and pound by Henry. At the second round Henry landed two gut-wrenching body kick that sent Nienaber to the canvas, earning Henry a TKO victory. Henry is back at the top of the division and could mean a number one contender fight with either Botha or Allen with the winner getting a shot at the champ, Igeu Kabesa.
Marino ‘The Scorpion’ Cutendana faced South Africa’s Baldwin Mdlalose with the winner vying for the number one contender shot in the flyweight division. Baldwin catches Cutendana with a massive overhand left to the head which rocked him. Baldwin continues with some ground and pound giving Baldwin Mdlalose the TKO victory.
In the main event we had Leon Mynardt vs The Pain Train, Alaskan native Mazany for the EFC lightweight title. Leon, a dominate champion came up against his toughest challenge yet, in the form of the Las Vegas based ‘Pain Train’. The bout started in true Mynardt fashion, with good strikes landed by Leon. a Patient Mazany sticking to his game plan superbly, staying on the inside and clinching before taking it to the ground. Leon showed good sprawl to get back his feet, but Mazany was waiting for him and sunk in a deep guillotine.
Tumisang Madiba vs Anicet Kanyeba – no contest.
Gareth Buirski defeated Magno Alves – unanimous decision.
Danny Henry defeated Barend Nienaber – TKO (kick) 1:20 into round 2.
Baldwin Mdlalose defeated Marino Cutendana – TKO 1:13 in round 1.
Dave Mazany defeated Leo Mynhardt – Guillotine Choke 2:30 in round 2.
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