EFC Has Double Champion in du Plessis
About nine months ago, Conor McGregor made history by becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two weight division’s titles simultaneously. On Aug. 19, at EFC 62 in South Africa, Dricus du Plessis achieved a similar feat.
Du Plessis, the EFC Welterweight Champion, defeated Yannick Bahati to capture Bahati’s EFC Middleweight Championship, and become the first EFC fighter to hold two EFC titles at the same time.
Both men come out firing heavy shots, swinging away with bad intentions. But a little over a minute in, Bahari attempted a takedown, which du Plessis countered with a guillotine choke. Bahari tapped 90 seconds into the bout, and du Plessis goes down in the EFC’s history books.
Following the bout, however, du Plessis stated he’s not done with collecting EFC gold.
— EFC Worldwide™ (@EFCworldwide) August 19, 2017
While that champion vs. champion bout was the main event of the card, EFC 62 also featured two other title bouts.
In the co-main event, Nkazimulo Zulu defended the EFC Flyweight Championship against Sylvester Chipfumbu. In the bout’s opening round, Chipfumbu seemed to be in control, scoring two takedowns on the champion and landing the better exchanges and strikes throughout the bout’s first five minutes.
But once the second round came, Zulu seemed to find his groove. He began bobbing and weaving, showing off a great defensive game, while pursuing the challenger with various shots. Chipfumbu was noticeably backpedaling a lot throughout the round. The harder shots of the bout came in the third. While Chipfumbu landed a hard shot on Zulu’s jaw, the champion quickly recovered. The Ultimate Fighter season 24 alumnus then rocked Chipfumbu in the round’s closing seconds, and the closing bell was the only thing that prevented the fight from being stopped then and there.
But Zulu knew the end was near. In the fourth, he charged at Chipfumbu and got him against the cage a minute in. Zulu then overwhelmed him with various strikes that went undefended until the referee stepped in.
A new EFC Featherweight Champion was crowned at EFC 62, with Igeu Kabesa and Pierre Botha fighting over the vacant title. About a minute in, Kabesa took Botha down and decked him with ground-and-pound and a rear-naked choke attempt. Kabesa went for an armbar, but Botha slammed Kabesa to get out and get into a dominant position on the ground halfway through the opening round.
But Kabesa got Botha down again at the 1:50 mark and brought on more ground-and-pound until the referee stopped the fight.
EFC 62 also saw Gareth Buirski get a highly controversial, split decision win over Cal Ellenor. A lot of fans on social media expressed displeasure in the fight’s result.
Ridiculous split decision! Cal dominated the fight in every aspect, what a bull shit call, the judges want to hold their heads in shame!!!
— Gummy Bear (@Dan_W93) August 19, 2017
There’s no point in Cal fighting the rest of he’s contract if they are going to give decisions like that!
— Carl Liddle (@CarlLiddle27) August 19, 2017
EFC 62 Results:
Champion vs. Champion: EFC Middleweight Championship: (EFC Welterweight Champion) Dricus du Plessis def. (c.) Yannick Bahari via first-round submission (guillotine choke)
EFC Flyweight Championship: (c.) Nkazimulo Zulu def. Sylvester Chipfumbu via fourth-round TKO
For the vacant EFC Featherweight Championship: Igeu Kabesa def. Pierre Botha via first-round TKO
Gareth Buirski def. Cal Ellenor via split decision
Sindile Ncata Manengela def. Barend Nienaber via third-round submission