JP Buys earned undisputed bantamweight champion status after finishing Luthando Biko, while England’s Jake Hadley ended Nkazimulo Zulu’s flyweight reign at EFC 78 on Saturday night.
Buys (7-2) saw off Biko (5-2), who became interim champ by defeating Cal Ellenor (8-2) in November 2018, in the headliner with a fourth-round TKO via ground-and-pound at GrandWest Arena in Cape Town.
In the co-main event, 22-year-old Hadley (4-0) caused an upset in his promotional debut by beating Zulu (10-3) by unanimous decision to claim the belt.
Earlier, Saxon Delafield (5-4) submitted Rodrique Kena (3-3) and Shaun de Lange (5-3) got a verbal submission from Marcel Teniers (4-5).
The main card was diluted, as Luke Michael’s (4-3) welterweight grand prix fight with Conrad Seabi (6-4) was postponed to May 4 – this after Seabi suffered a concussion with a slip during the weight-cut, according to the EFC.
EFC 78 results:
Adrian Sanchez defeated Christian Bobo via TKO (strikes) 0:40 into round 2.
Zaakir Badat defeated Willem Smith via TKO (strikes) 2:01 into round 1.
Mutuale Basambambo defeated HP van Staden via KO 0:46 into round 1.
Wade Kerspuy defeated Josemar Octavio via tapout (armbar) 2:36 into round
Imke Kuikstra defeated Paulwetu Namba via tapout (triangle) 3:47 into round
Sindile Manengela defeated Sizwe Mnikathi via tapout (arm triangle) 2:46 into
Shaun de Lange defeated Marcel Teniers via tapout (strikes) 4:40 into round
Saxon Delafield defeated Rodrique Kena via tapout (guillotine) 0:35 into the
The advertised bout between Luke Michael and Conrad Seabi did not take
place due to injury.
Jake Hadley defeated Nkazimulo Zulu via unanimous decision, to take the
EFC flyweight title.
JP Buys defeated Luthando Biko via TKO (strikes) 4:00 minutes into round 4,
to unify his EFC bantamweight title.