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Roodman misses weight

Roodman misses weight

Gordon Roodman was the only fighter to miss weight ahead of EFC 77 at Time Square in Pretoria on Saturday.

Roodman (3-6-1), who meets Justin Smith (3-0) in the main card opener, came in 3lbs over the 185lbs middleweight limit and faces a financial penalty.

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“If Gordon is walking in like that, I am gonna drop him in the first,” said Smith after their face-off on Friday.

EFC 77 is headlined by ex-lightweight champion Martin van Staden (26-11) taking on England’s Joe Cummins (5-1) for the vacant 154lbs strap.

There are levels to this, and I’m going to show that,” said Van Staden at the weigh-in. “I’m excited, there’s going to be fireworks … I will win by KO tomorrow night.”

READ: Van Staden reveals UFC interest

Birmingham-based Cummins is likewise confident of success. “This is my first fight training full time,” said Cummins, who has coached for the past decade. “If they were worried about me then, they need to worry about me now!”

In the co-main event, heavyweight champ Jared Vanderaa (8-3) will make his maiden title defence against DR Congo’s Ricky Misholas (7-7).

READ: Vanderaa – I’m champ for a reason

“I’m gonna have to hit him. I’m gonna have to hit him a lot to get the KO,” said Vanderaa, who at 263.4lbs has a 19lbs advantage on his opponent.

Misholas reiterated the belt belongs in Africa. This belt belongs to you guys. This belt belongs to Africa. EFC is not a stepping stone for you [international] guys!”

EFC 77 weigh-in results:

Fight 1: Featherweight
Ali Kalambay 141.3lbs
Stephan De La Ray 144.7lbs

Fight 2: Lightweight
Benjamin Mangala 154lbs
Trezeugut Kanyinda 154.5lbs

Fight 3: Bantamweight
Orlando Machaba 135lbs
Asiashu Tshitamba 134.4lbs

Fight 4: Featherweight
Marcel Els 145lbs
Nerik Simoes 144.9lbs

Fight 5: Lightweight
Serge Kasanda 153.7lbs
Tumisang Madiba 151.8lbs

Fight 6: Featherweight
Pierre Botha 144.8lbs
Roedie Roets 145lbs

Fight 7: Middleweight
Gordon Roodman 188.3lbs
Justin Smith 184.6lbs

Fight 8: Welterweight
Lukasz Swirydowicz 168.9lbs
Alain Ilunga 168.7lbs

Fight 9: Light Heavyweight
Quinton Rossouw 201.9lbs
Shaw Dean 205lbs

Fight 10: Heavyweight Title Fight
Ricky Misholas 242.8lbs
Jared Vanderaa 263.4lbs

Fight 11: Lightweight Title Fight
Joe Cummins 154.2lbs
Martin Van Staden 154lbs

 

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