McLellan to fight for EFC interim gold

McLellan to fight for EFC interim gold

Former UFC fighter Garreth ‘Soldier Boy’ McLellan will make his return to the cage in an EFC interim middleweight title bout with Brendan Lesar.

McLellan (13-6) and Lesar (2-0) will scrap on May 4 after serving as rival coaches for Season 2 of the reality TV show, The Fighter, which will feature 10 female flyweights from around the world.

Filming of the 10 episodes starts in January, with the winner set to earn a six-figure EFC contract and a crack at double-division champion Amanda Lino (4-1).

McLellan (13-6) is only one of a handful of South Africans to have graced the octagon, and holds the record for the most appearances.

The 36-year-old had five fights in a three-year UFC tenure, winning once with a late knockout of Bubba Bush (8-3) in October 2015.

‘Soldier boy’, who caught the UFC’s attention as a dominant EFC middleweight champ, was released by the Las Vegas-based organisation after losing to Brazilian contender Paulo Costa (12-0) in May 2017.

TF 1 winner Lesar owns decision victories over Jean-Marie Kabeya (0-1) and Ibrahima Mane (7-1) in his previous trips to the hexagon.

EFC welterweight and middleweight king Dricus Du Plessis (12-2), whose sole defeat on home soil came to McLellan, is currently focused on setting up a superfight with EFC light heavyweight and heavyweight counterpart Dalcha Lungiambula (9-1).

“They need to earn the fight against me. Right now I am focused on Dalcha. When I am done with him, they can come get a beating too,” Du Plessis said.

‘Stillknocks’ recently surrendered the 77kg strap in Poland-based promotion KSW with a knockout loss to Roberto Soldic in a rematch in London on October 6.

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