EFC 65: Dalcha’s Surprise Comeback to Retain
It was arguably one of the most surprising and amazing finishes in EFC history — quite the comeback. But the question will be there: what if the referee stepped in towards the end of the first?
Despite getting brutalized in the opening round of the EFC 65 main event, Champion Dalcha (Dalcha Lungiambula) retained his EFC Light Heavyweight Championship on Saturday evening, defeating Stuart Austin with a come-from-behind TKO.
“I’m a true champion!” Dalcha cried out after the fight.
The bout started with some short exchange in the middle of the hexagon for the first minute, before Austin slams Dalcha down hard onto the mat. Austin threw leather with hard right hands to the head of Dalcha while on top. Dalcha struggled, trying to find some way out, but was met with hammer fists by Austin.
Austin transitioned into top mount and looked for a possible arm triangle, but switched things up to ground-and-pound. Dalcha briefly held Austin down, but Austin got back up and continued the ground-and-pound and some elbows. To some surprise, the referee chose not to stop the fight and the first round ended.
Dalcha looked banged up at the start of the second round, bloodied and his left eye was clearly swollen. But Dalcha took everyone by surprise even greater, when he dumped Austin onto his head about 30 seconds into the round and got into top position. Austin tried to escape, but Dalcha unleashed ground and pound of his own and got the stoppage.
EFC 65 Recap:
EFC Light Heavyweight Championship: (c.) Dalcha Lungiambula (aka Champion Dalcha) def. Stuart Austin via TKO (Rd. 2, 1:48)
Featherweight: Boyd Allen def. Calum Murrie via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lightweight: Gavin Hughes def. Deon Bruning via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Flyweight: Bokang Masunyane def. Magno Alves via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-26)
Heavyweight: Elvis Moyo def. Nico Yamdjie via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)