The EFC33 edition was headlined by the massively anticipated middleweight title fight between Durban’s born and bred champion, Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan, and the undefeated 20 year old sensation Dricus du Plessis, hailing from Pretoria. It was certainly worth the wait to see Soldierboy raise that championship belt in front of his home town.
Co-headlining the event was the equally massive bad blood rematch between Durban and African MMA legend Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden, and the notorious Jeremy ‘Pitbull’ Smith, hailing from Johannesburg.
Home Town Glory
Legendary Bluff brothers Wesley and Donavin Hawkey drew massive cheers from their home crowd. EFC 33 saw Donavin face off Bernardo Mikixi for his final EFC appearance. To the delight of the home crown, after 3 hard rounds, we saw Donavin walk of the mat for the last time a winner. A true win for Durban indeed as both brothers won their fights!
EFC, the Extreme Fighting Championship, is the biggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion on the African continent. With 8 new events per year, each hosting at least 12 explosive bouts, EFC is a sports entertainment phenomenon which has captured the attention of passionate and loyal fans throughout Africa and the world.
Filmed by a 9 camera live broadcast crew, the EFC events and broadcast production has been described by international media and networks as some of the world’s best quality MMA content.
“I train with the best to be the best. Physically I’m one of the hardest workers I know; mentally, focus is what I’m all about just before the fight.”
– Garreth McLellan
The home of African MMA got its first taste of EFC, as hundreds of fans raised the roof when 22 of the continent’s greatest athletes converged at the Durban International Convention Centre for a truly historical event.
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