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Du Plessis vs Roodman added to EFC 77

Du Plessis vs Roodman added to EFC 77

Neil du Plessis will face fellow middleweight Gordon Roodman in the prelims of EFC 77 at Time Square in Pretoria on March 16.

Du Plessis (3-1), the older brother of double division king Dricus (12-2), returned to winning ways by swiftly submitting EFC newcomer Roger Griffin (3-7) in his last test in December.

READ: Dricus cools ‘Champion’ talk

Roodman (3-6-1) was also meant to fight last month against former welterweight champion Dallas Jakobi (7-5-1), having had his previous bout with Mzwandile Hlongwa (4-0) ruled a no-contest in March 2018 after an unintentional foul.

However, Roodman fell ill, with his replacement Mark Kamba (2-3) going on to lose to Jakobi on a week’s notice as he failed to answer the bell for the third round.

READ: Kamba explains Jakobi capitulation

EFC 77 is headlined by a lightweight title fight between ex-champ Martin van Staden (26-11) and Englishman Joe Cummins (5-1).

Also on the main card, Australian light heavyweight Shaw Dean (4-0) will return to the hexagon to scrap with South Africa’s Quinton Rossouw (2-0).

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