I had never been to mixed martial arts fight before EFC AFRICA 13 and to be honest, I’m rather upset that this one was my first. That disappointment comes from the fact that it is very likely that the last 12 EFC Africas were just as good if not better.
EFC AFRICA 13 took place at the GrandWest Grand Arena on the Friday the 13th of April, bringing top quality, world class MMA action to Cape Town for the very first time. On arrival we were met by the absolutely legendary Phillipa from Harvey Fox and escorted to our CAGE SIDE seats. Yup… we do kind of get spoilt from time to time.
From the moment we got there, one thing was fairly apparent- this wasnt another case of a poor South African imitation of an overseas product that works. The production levels were unlike anything I have ever seen. Before each fight, the audience was treated to a pre-fight story build up that explained how the fight came about on the big screens at the venue (I counted 4). I could probably best describe it as WWE on ecstacy… The pre-fight videos featured all the drama you would expect from Wrestlemania with each fighter discussing how badly they’d injure the other, except with all of them threatening REAL badass violence. At 22:30, e.tv picked up the evening’s main card bouts for broadcast to millions of viewers in 49 countries across the continent. The event was also broadcast to Nu Metro cinemas across South Africa, and via live online-pay-per view streaming for EFC AFRICA fans around the world.
Every fight of the night was thoroughly entertaining and I can really recommend that you all go and check it out come EFC Africa 13 in June. It was evident that Cape Town loves EFC AFRICA and we really can’t wait for it to come back to the GrandWest Arena. Jadyson ‘Little Wanderlei’ Costa became EFC AFRICA’s new undisputed welterweight champion by defeating Dallas Jakobi at 39 seconds into round 4. Costa displayed superior skills in every aspect of MMA and left Jakobi battered (his ego, as well as his face). Fight of the Night went to Pretoria’s Leon ‘Iron Lion’ Mynhardt and Cape Town’s Don ‘Magic Man’ Madge (the MCBN favourite). Despite Madge squishing Mynhardt’s face into a bloody pulp, the Iron Lion fought into the third round where he delivered a massive right hand that caused Madge to call the fight by a verbal submission (although I’m not sure he even knew what he was doing at the time).
Jason Culverwell defeated Mahmoud Salama via keylock submission in round 1.
Morne Marais defeated Michael Vermeulen via rear naked choke submission in round 1.
Abdul Hassan defeated Leo Gloss by split decision after 3 rounds.
Armand de Bruyn defeated Abrie Valentine by armbar submission in round 1.
Mahmoud Hassan defeated Ricky Misholas via verbal submission due to strikes in round 1.
Wade Henderson defeated James Le Roux via armbar submission in round 1.
Norman Wessels defeated Dain Neveling via rear naked choke submission in round 1.
Dino Bagattin defeated Francois Kabulu via split decision after 3 rounds.
Michiel Opperman defeated Martin van Staden via guillotine choke submission in round 1.
Leon Mynhardt defeated Don Madge via TKO in round 3.
Bernardo Mikixi defeated Calven Robinson via TKO in round 1.
Jadyson Costa defeated Dallas Jakobi via TKO in round 4.
EFC AFRICA 13 was sponsored by MusclePharm, BetXchange, RDG, 1time Airlines, TapouT, Fighters Only magazine and GrandWest Casino. EFC AFRICA returns to Carnival City on 1 June for EFC AFRICA 14. Tickets on sale at Computicket www.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available at www.numetro.co.za