Lesar Scores Major Upset At EFC 80
About 18 months ago, Brendan Lesar, with just one professional fight under him, made his way through the first season of EFC’s The Fighter, earning himself a six-figure contract and a future title shot. Now, Lesar has made history, pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the EFC history, knocking out Garreth McLellan to claim the interim EFC Middleweight Championship.
The fight headlined EFC 80, which took place at Carnival City in Johannesburg, South Africa.
There was quite a bit of feeling out by both men early on, with each fighter looking for an opening. “SoldierBoy” McLellan, the former EFC 185-pound champion who never lost the title inside the Hexagon, landed a couple of one-two combinations, but Lesar took them well. And less than three minutes in, Lesar landed a rocking left hand that dropped McLellan out cold.
As a result of his win, McLellan is now slated to unify the title against Dricus Du Plessis, who hasn’t been seen in the EFC since late 2017, when he became a simultaneous two-division champion by holding the EFC’s welterweight and middleweight titles. In the interim, Du Plessis took two bouts in KSW, holding the KSW Welterweight Championship for about six months.
The event also featured the finale of The Fighter 2, which saw Manon Fiorot stop Mellony Geugjes late in the third round to win the tournament and a future EFC Women’s Flyweight Title fight against Amanda Lino.
Both women had nice exchanges in the opening frame, with Fiorot hitting several creative kicks and Geugjes giving some answer with her boxing. Fiorot secured a big takedown early in the second round, however, and landed several strong shots throughout, making Geugjes’ guard ineffective and keeping the Dutch fighter on her back until Geugjes forced her way back to her feet with 45 seconds left in the frame. Fiorot, however, caught Geugjes and rocked her with a couple of knees in the clinch in the remaining time.
Fiorot made the most of her reach advantage in the third round, keeping Geugjes at bay before getting another takedown. Despite Geugjes’ best efforts, Fiorot overwhelmed her with strikes until the referee halted the bout with less than a minute to go, getting Fiorot the win.
EFC 80 Results:
For the interim EFC Middleweight Championship: Brendan Lesar def. Garreth McLellan via KO (Rd. 1, 2:56)
Women’s Flyweight: The Fighter 2 Finale Bout: Manon Fiorot def. Mellony Geugjes via TKO (Rd. 3, 4:17)
Lightweight: Saxon Delafield def. Marcel Els via submission (armbar) (Rd. 1, 0:47)
Bantamweight: Devon Cronje def. Guy Mongambi via TKO (Rd. 2, 3:34)
Bantamweight: Fafa Dwama def. Sylvester Chipfumbu via DQ (illegal kick to grounded opponent) (Rd. 3, 1:02)