Extreme Fighting Championship presents #EFC63 tonight at GrandWest Casino in Cape Town.
Yesterday’s EFC 63 weigh-in put match to a pile of petrol soaked kindling at the GrandWest Casino. The USA’s Dave Mazany takes on Zimbabwe’s Themba Gorimbo in the main event, and he had the crowd on their feet, baying for the fight.
Although based in Las Vegas, Mazany has made the Mother City his home and his fans let Gorimbo know it, greeting the international with deafening cheers and returning his trademark ‘Iron Claw’ salute.
Gorimbo, a man who began his MMA career in Cape Town, was not impressed. ‘He’s a showman,’ he told the crowd. “I’m real.”
Their face-off was intense with Gorimbo threatening to charge a grinning ‘Pain Train’, who simply offered his signature professional wrestling ‘Iron Claw’ instead.
Brazil’s José Da Rocha will enter the EFC Hexagon for the second time, to face South African Cameron Pritchard. Pritchard is up for a title shot if he takes the win, and the intent from both was real.
The legendary Dino ‘The Lion’ Bagattin finally gets his chance at Cape Town’s Bruno Mukulu, who has been baiting the former champion relentlessly in the build-up. EFC president Cairo Howarth had to step between them at their face-off.
Former light heavyweight champion, Cape Town’s ‘Juggernaut’ Gideon Drotschie, returns after a near two-year layoff, and his home town crowd greeted him with a roar. He faces the dangerous Warren Allison.
Cape Town’s Shaun De Lange was not medically cleared to compete, and has been replaced by Wayde Sage, who goes up against Johannesburg’s Conrad Seabi.
Here is the full fight card for tonight’s action packed event:
DAVE MAZANY VS THEMBA GORIMBO
CAMERON PRITCHARD VS JOSE DA ROCHA
BRUNO MUKULU VS DINO BAGATTIN
GIDEON DROTSCHIE VS WARREN ALLISON
WADE SAGE VS CONRAD SEABI
ARMAND SCHEEPERS VS GUNTHER KALUNDA
REGIS MUYAMBO VS MAMOUDOU TOURE
DEON BRUNING VS SIZWE MNIKATHI
FAEEZ JACOBS VS NERIK SIMOES
FRANCOIS CUNDARI VS TREZEGEUT KANYINDA
QUAID OPENSHAW VS SHANE MEIER
EFC 63: Cape Town is presented by www.BetXchange.com and takes place on Saturday 9 September live from GrandWest, CPT. Tickets are on sale at www.computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on www.efcworldwide.com.