EFC 81: Zulu Ventures for Gold in Original Weight Class
About four months after his reign at flyweight ended, Nkazimulo Zulu will look to regain EFC gold in his original weight class, as EFC 81 takes place on Aug. 10 at Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria, South Africa.
In the main event, Zulu and Faeez Jacobs will collide with the interim EFC bantamweight championship on the line. It will be Zulu’s first fight since losing the EFC’s 125-pound title to Jake Hadley at EFC 78 in April.
Zulu, who became the inaugural EFC bantamweight champion five years ago, says not having to cut as much weight — and not restricting his diet as much — has felt great. He adds he’ll have the edge being a multiple-time EFC main eventer and fighting five rounds in the past, unlike Jacobs.
“I have fought over five rounds so many times, and he has never fought in a main event before,” Zulu said. “He doesn’t know how long his gas tank will last, he doesn’t know what the main event feels like with the lights and screaming crowds. Everything will be new to him.”
Zulu says the plan isn’t to stay at bantamweight exclusively, however, as he plans to go back down to 125 and regain the flyweight gold he lost, earning champ-champ status in the process and defending both belts.
“I will go back to flyweight unless they keep giving me good fights and money at bantamweight,” Zulu said. “But ultimately my plan is to get back my flyweight title and keep both.”
The EFC 81 co-main event will feature a featherweight clash between Tumisang Madiba and Pierre Botha.
The rest of the card will see Lyle Karam and Stefan Pretorius at middleweight, Dino Bagattin vs. Pietie Coxen at welterweight and Asiashu Tshitamba taking on Billy Oosthuizen at bantamweight.