EFC 35 ON A KNIFE EDGE – Tension Mounts at Weigh-in At GrandWest


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The official weigh in for EFC 35 played out to a boisterous crowd at GrandWest this afternoon. The electric room was filled with Cape Town’s loyal MMA fans anticipating the biggest fight night of the year.

The event is headlined by the EFC light heavyweight title fight between the undefeated champion Gideon ‘Juggernaut’ Drotschie and the intense challenger, Norman ‘Chef’ Wessels. During the face-off, EFC president Cairo Howarth had to break up what was a heated stare down between the two athletes. This is a bout that has clearly become personal, and fans can expect an all out war when they step into the Hexagon on Thursday.

“I am just glad that Gideon doesn’t smell of alcohol from the bar,” Wessels taunted the champion in his interview. Drotschie did not mince his words, urging the people of Cape Town to get to GrandWest and support their hometown hero.

Co-headlining the event is the anticipated heavyweight title fight between the enigmatic Christophe ‘Bomaye’ Walravens and Cape Town native, Brendon Groenewald. This bout will see the explosive Walravens test himself against the highly technical BJJ specialist. The heavyweight division has been absent of a champion since EFC 27, and both are eager to claim the organisation’s most prestigious title.

Also featured on the main card, Muay Thai world champion Irshaad ‘White Tiger’ Sayed faced off against Durban’s Abdul ‘Hollywood’ Hassan at bantamweight. Hassan brought his pre-fight antics onto the stage, and pushed his face right into his Sayed’s, fishing for a reaction.

Irishman Peter Queally, making his EFC debut, squared off against DRC’s Francois ‘Frenchman’ Kabulu, who is returning to the Hexagon after a one-year absence. The DRC native could be seen whispering aggressively at his opponent as they faced off. Queally seemed unaffected, but eager to get in the Hexagon.

Three fighters initially failed to make weight. Sizwe Mnikathi and Sydney Mokgolo, who were 3.2kgs and 1.8kg over respectively, were subjected to a financial penalty. Chad Hepburn arrived late for weigh-ins, but proceeded to make weight.

EFC Light Heavyweight Championship
GIDEON DROTSCHIE VS. NORMAN WESSELS

AND

EFC Heavyweight Championship
CHRISTOPHE WALRAVENS VS. BRENDON GROENEWALD

PLUS
IRSHAAD SAYED vs. ABDUL HASSAN
FRANCOIS KABULU 
vs. PETER QUEALLY
SHAUN DE LANGE vs. BRUNO MUKULU
CHAMPION DALCHA vs. DANIE VAN HEERDEN
KNIFE DIDIER vs. ELVIS MOYO
LUKE MICHAEL vs. REGIS MUYAMBO
ANTHONY MAILER vs. SIZWE MNIKATHI
PUPANGA TRESOR vs. TYRON BESTER
PETER NYIDE vs. BONEY BUKAKA
SYDNEY MOKGOLO vs. CHAD HEPBURN

EFC Africa 35 fight night weigh-in at the Grandwest Casino on November 5, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

EFC 35 weigh-in results were as follows:

Bout 1 : Lightweight bout

Sydney Mokgolo 71.80kg
Chad Hepburn 70.00kg

Bout 2 : Bantamweight bout

Peter Nyide 60.95kg
Boney Bukaka 60.90kg

Bout 3 : Welterweight bout

Pupanga Tresor 77.00kg
Tyron Bester 75.00kg

Bout 4 : Featherweight bout

Anthony Mailer 65.80kg
Sizwe Mnikathi 69.20kg

Bout 5 :  Lightweight bout

Luke Michael 69.30kg
Regis Muyambo 69.30kg

Bout 6 : Heavyweight bout

Knife Didier 102.55kg
Elvis Moyo 115.00kg

Bout 7 : Light Heavyweight bout

Champion Dalcha 90.15kg
Danie van Heerden 93.00kg

Bout 8 : Welterweight bout

Shaun de Lange 77.00kg
Bruno Mukulu 76.95kg

Bout 9 : Welterweight bout

Francois Kabulu 77.00kg
Peter Queally 76.60kg

Bout 9 : Bantamweight bout

Irshaad Sayed 60.80kg
Abdul Hassan 60.45kg

Bout 11 : Bantamweight title bout

Christophe Walravens 106.65kg
Brendon Groenewald 109.35kg

Bout 12 : Light Heavyweight title bout

Gideon Drotschie 92.60kg
Norman Wessels 92.75kg

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EFC 35: Drotschie vs. Wessels, Walravens vs. Groenewald is presented by BetXchange.com, and takes place at the GrandWest, Cape Town, on Thursday 6 November 2014. Tickets on sale soon at www.computicket.com. Book your cinema ticket to all fights live and in state of the art digital projection at www.sterkinekor.com

Photo by Anton Geyser/ EFC Worldwide

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  1. I can NOT wait… going to sleep now so that tomorrow can be here already!! #ImWithJuggernaut

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