Du Plessis Still Unbeaten Champ
Dricus du Plessis successfully retained the EFC welterweight championship over Maurício da Rocha Jr. in the main event of UFC 59 at Carnival City in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday.
Rocha came out firing on all cylinders, throwing a flurry of punches before both men grappled for control. Rocha managed to get du Plessis down to the ground; however, the champion quickly got out and secured a takedown of his own against the cage.
At this point, about halfway through the first round, some controversy occurred. With du Plessis locking in a deep guillotine, it looked as if Rocha had tapped out, but the referee did not stop the contest. Fortunately for du Plessis, this controversy turned out to be minor. The defending champion rained down hammerfists and elbows until the referee finally stepped in.
In the co-main event, Joe Cummins scored a big victory over Shaun De Lange. Despite being known for his boxing, Cummins scored a takedown on De Lange early on. De Lange couldn’t find a way to get up, but he at least stopped several transition attempts by Cummins. Cummins, however, rained down punches and elbows until De Lange gave up his back. Cummins locked in a rear-naked choke and got the submission. After the fight, Cummins called out the winner of the welterweight title fight.
Other highlights from the EFC 59 main card include Philippe Rouch becoming the first man to submit Francois Groenewald, a close armbar finish to Pierre Both vs. Azi Thomas before the clock ran out, and a huge head kick by Alain Illunga to stop Barend Nienaber.
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EFC 59 Results:
EFC welterweight championship: (c.) Dricus du Plessis def. Maurício da Rocha Jr. via TKO (Rd. 1)
Joe Cummins def. Shaun De Lange via submission (rear-naked choke) (Rd. 1)
Philippe Rouch def. Francois Groenewald via submission (triangle choke) (Rd. 3)
Pierre Both vs. Azi Thomas declared a draw
Alain Illunga def. Barend Nienaber via KO (spinning back kick) (Rd. 1)