Champ vs. champ, coach vs. coach, heavyweight title and reveal of the ultimate contender
On December 16 at Time Square, Pretoria, the biggest rematch in EFC history is set take place, the EFC heavyweight championship will be contested and in addition to these mega-bouts the search for the ultimate contender will be complete.
Undefeated reigning bantamweight champion Demarte Pena, and interim bantamweight champion Irshaad Sayed are once again putting everything on the line, the heavyweight champion Andrew van Zyl has found a new challenger in the form of USA’s Jared Vanderaa, plus, in the finale of ‘The Fighter’ reality TV show, the two remaining undefeated contenders will be going head-to-head for the ultimate prize, a six figure EFC contract and a shot at middleweight gold.
Angola’s Demarte Pena is undoubtedly the most dominant and successful champion in EFC history. Undefeated in twelve fights, the double division titleholder not only has the longest win streak in the organisation, but also lays claim to the most successful title defences ever seen.
His long-time nemesis, South Africa’s Irshaad Sayed, has stalked Pena since the beginning. The two-time world Muaythai champion, Chinese MMA champion and current EFC interim bantamweight champion is determined to get redemption. Pena and Sayed have fought before and after five gruelling rounds, ‘The Wolf’ was announced the victor. However with far reach consequences, Pena fell victim to contaminated substances and tested positive for banned performance enhances.
The World Anti-Doping Agency overruled the decision and changed the result of the bout to a No-Contest. Sayed was immediately reinstated as the EFC interim champion. For the former adversaries, turned rivals, the stakes have never been higher. Setting up the biggest rematch in EFC history, the two coaches will collide again to settle the score and unify the bantamweight title.
The heavyweight title fight between Andrew ‘One Gear’ van Zyl, South Africa’s three-time heavyweight champion and Jared Vanderaa, the ‘Mountain’ hailing from the USA co-headlines the highly anticipated event.
On the same night and in a waging welterweight war, Brazil’s Jose Da Rocha returns in his hunt for title vengeance as he faces the raw power of DRC’s Pupanga Tresor, and opening the main card is the official No.1 bantamweight contender fight between South Africa’s Gareth Buirski and France’s highly revered Phillipe Rouch.
EFC 66 Pena vs Sayed 2, the TF1 Finale, is presented by Constantia Insurance and takes place on Saturday 16 December live from Time Square, Pretoria. Tickets are on sale now at computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on kwesesports.com (Sub-Saharan Africa), Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda) and live in South Africa on SABC 3 starting at 21:00 (CAT). Full broadcast details available onefcworldwide.com.