The Extreme Fighting Championship have stoked speculation that dominant flyweight champion Nkazimulo Zulu could next face Englishman Jake Hadley.
The EFC on Monday quoted Hadley (3-0) calling out Zulu (10-2-1) on Twitter, giving every indication a title fight is in the works.
“I hear nobody in SA will fight @Nkazimulo12Zulu, I have the same problem here in the UK. How about I come over there, knock him out and take his title!” – Former teammate of Yannick Bahati, @JakeHadleyMMA, calling out flyweight king ‘Zulu Boy’ pic.twitter.com/5nldjpHavk
— EFC (@EFCworldwide) January 28, 2019
Hadley, who is based at Team Fearless in Birmingham, rattled off three first-round wins in 2018 under the Golden Ticket Fight Promotions banner.
He TKO’d Daryl Grant (3-3) in his professional debut before submitting Adrian Molenda (1-1) and Reece Street (0-21) with rear-naked chokes.
Meanwhile, Zulu has ruled the EFC 57kg division for over three years since its inception, having previously held the bantamweight belt in the organisation.
‘Zulu Boy’ reasserted his pedigree by defending his crown for the third time with a fifth-round finish of Straight Blast Gym Cape Town standout Gary Joshua (4-1) at EFC 75 in November last year.
The 29-year-old, who trains under coach Walter Wendt in Alberton, was the first South African to compete in the UFC’s Ultimate Fighter Series in 2016.