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Buys beats Biko, Hadley dethrones Zulu

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 … Read moreBuys beats Biko, Hadley dethrones Zulu

Smith shrugs off controversial loss

Welterweight prospect Justin Smith brushed off his controversial defeat to Gordon Roodman at EFC 77, insisting he is a champion in waiting. DR Congo-born Smith (3-1) suffered the first loss of his career via disqualification for illegal elbows on Roodman (4-6-1), who missed the 185lbs middleweight limit by 3lbs before their main-card opener in Pretoria … Read moreSmith shrugs off controversial loss

Hughes signs with Bellator

English lightweight Gavin Hughes has traded the Extreme Fighting Championship for Bellator MMA. Hughes (9-1) follows in the footsteps of compatriot Cal Ellenor (8-2), who made the switch in January and then beat ex-Cage Warriors flyweight champion Nathan Greyson (6-3) the next month on home soil. Both men were signed by the US-based promotion after … Read moreHughes signs with Bellator

Kalunda stripped of EFC title

Recently crowned EFC welterweight champion Gunther Kalunda has been stripped of the title. The EFC released a statement, part of which reads: ‘The reasons for this are due to him refusing to defend his title without reasonable explanation, as well as instances of unprofessional behaviour.’ A welterweight grand prix between contenders Luke Michael (4-3), Conrad … Read moreKalunda stripped of EFC title

Cummins willing to face Commanda Boy

Newly-minted EFC lightweight champion Joe Cummins is willing to face Alain ‘Commanda Boy’ Ilunga in his first title defence. England’s Cummins (6-1) claimed the vacant strap with an unanimous decision victory over ex-champ Martin van Staden (26-12) in the main event of EFC 77 in Pretoria on Saturday. On the same evening, Ilunga (12-5) beat … Read moreCummins willing to face Commanda Boy

EFC 77 wrap: Cummins claims gold

Joe Cummins clinched the lightweight belt at Martin van Staden’s expense, Jared Vanderaa defended his heavyweight strap against Ricky Misholas, while Pierre Botha handed Roedi Roets his first loss in brutal fashion at EFC 77. England’s Cummins (6-1) adopted a cautious approach against the heavy-handed Van Staden (26-12), using his wrestling and clinch game to … Read moreEFC 77 wrap: Cummins claims gold