“Beast Barbie” Is Ready For EFC 76
On Friday morning the official weigh-ins for EFC 76 would take place at the Sun Arena, Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa.
In the main event of EFC’s return to Pretoria, Chiara Penco looks to have a successful first defense of her EFC strawweight title, as she faces Karolina Wójcik
The undefeated champion nearly faltered during a brutal weight cut, but was able to get to the 115 pound weight limit, as she faces Wójcik who took the fight short notice after Cheyanne Vlismas had to withdraw due to illness.
“Look, this should be happening, because I won my last fight,” said Wójcik, referring to a controversial split decision loss to Vlismas at EFC 74. “I will show everyone who I am. I hope she is ready for that,” Wójcik continued.
“Tomorrow you can expect to watch a great fight, and a new Chiara in the cage,” said Penco.
In the co-main event, former two-time EFC heavyweight champion, Ruan Potts, looks to gain another claim to the title as he faces Jared Vanderaa for the interim heavyweight title.
“Everyone talks about the ring rust, I enjoy that,” said Potts. “We are in South Africa, my territory. The belt is coming home, where it deserves to be.”
Vanderaa looks forward to the fight and not becoming champion. “I don’t care for titles,” boomed the smiling American to laughs from the crowd. “I’m here to fight, what more do you want from me?”
“He says this is his home town but I think we can both agree, I’m at home here too,” referencing his memorable title fight against Andrew Van Zyl, which was a star turn for the American.
The official EFC 76 weigh-in results are as follows:
Women’s Strawweight Title Fight
Karolina Wójcik 114.6lbs
Chiara Penco 114.9lbs
Heavyweight Interim Title Fight
Jared Vanderaa 256lbs
Ruan Potts 264.3lbs
Stuart Austin 241lbs
Andrew Van Zyl 262.7lbs
Dallas Jakobi 182.5lbs
Mark Kamba 184.1lbs
Jose Da Rocha 170lbs
Conrad Seabi 170lbs
Roedie Roets 144.8lbs
Sindile Manengela 144.7lbs
Justin Smith 168.8lbs
Pietie Coxen 170lbs
Tumisang Madiba 135lbs
Billy Oosthuizen 133.4lbs
Martin De Beer 132.9lbs
Marino Cutendana 134.5lbs
Roger Griffin 183.7lbs
Neil Du Plessis 183.8lbs
Takunda Gorimbo 132lbs
Asiashu Tshitamba 132lbs
Orlando Machaba 135lbs
Devon Cronjé 134.8lbs
Amisi Kabeya 144.6lbs
Marcel Els 145lbs