Dave Mazany won back the lightweight belt, the Drotschie brothers did the business, while Faeez Jacobs spoiled the return of Tumisang Madiba at EFC 72 at Cape Town’s GrandWest Arena on Saturday.
EFC 72 MAIN CARD WRAP:
Dave Mazany defeated Martin van Staden (lightweight)
American Mazany reclaimed the lightweight strap via split decision from Van Staden in a competitive and entertaining contest. Mazany got the nod on the judges’ scorecards (48-46, 46-48, 49-45) with a gritty wrestling-based approach against the lanky knockout artist, who was notably docked a point for grabbing onto the fence.
Gideon Drotschie defeated Jenaid Ebanks (middleweight)
Former light-heavyweight champion Drotschie snapped a two-fight skid with a gruelling unanimous decision win over Englishman Ebanks in a move down to middleweight. Earlier in the night Drotschie’s younger brother Hermie submitted Francois Cundari with an armbar on his professional debut a division below in the prelims.
Faeez Jacobs defeated Tumisang Madiba (bantamweight)
Striker Jacobs showed he’s got a ground game, sinking a rear-naked choke late in the first round on experienced fan-favourite Madiba. Jacobs improved his record to 4-2, while Madiba dropped to 7-5 on his return from suspension.
Justin Smith defeated Giovanni Pretorius (welterweight)
Smith knocked out the tough Pretorius in the opening stanza of a furious firefight to go 2-0 in the EFC and make some noise in the welterweight division.
Matunga Djikasa defeated Willem Smith (heavyweight)
Djikasa put 38-year-old debutant Smith to sleep with a nasty guillotine choke 28 seconds into their heavyweight bout, having lost his respective EFC bow by submission to Juan Bezuidenhout in March.
The showdown was bumped up to the main card after Smiths’ Reps MMA teammate Armand Scheepers missed weight by 9kg and his welterweight tilt was cancelled with Fight Fit Militia’s Luke Michael.