Da Rocha Aims To Tame “The Beast” At EFC 73
Jose Da Rocha is ready for championship glory on September 8th, as the Brazilian fighter looks to become the interim EFC welterweight champion against Gunther Kalunda.
Da Rocha, who makes his fourth appearance inside the EFC Hexagon, had a title opportunity in his first EFC fight, a first round knockout loss to current champion Dricus Du Plessis. Since the loss to the South African fighter, Da Rocha has stopped his last two opponents in the first round and looks to repeat that success against Kalunda.
When asked how he’d look to stop “The Beast” in the first round, Da Rocha told FIGHT SPORTS that he’ll “just do what I trained for, be confident in the strategy and pay attention to the openings he gives me.”
“I believe I’ll be able to do it.”
Even though Da Rocha has only four fights under the EFC banner, his opponent just has four fights in his professional career. And while all of Kalunda’s fights have come under the EFC banner, Da Rocha has done his homework on the Johannesburg native, and has dug deep to be prepared. ” Although he only had 4 professional fights, I saw that he fought 5 times under custom rules and 5 other times as an amateur, so he has experience,” claimed the Pitbull Brothers gym product.
We analyzed his results in all those fights and compared to what we saw in his 4 professional bouts to have an overall idea of the fighter he is and what to expect.
A win at EFC 73 secures either man the interim title, but a showdown against Dricus Du Plessis stands on the other side. Da Rocha told FIGHT SPORTS this week that another chance against the undisputed champion has driven him for a year.
“The belt and this fight are my focus now, 100%,” Da Rocha said on Thursday.
“But getting that rematch and the undisputed title have been my goal ever since my first fight with Dricus ended. I look forward to winning this fight and avenging that loss by the end of this year.