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Usman backed to make African history

Francis Ngannou has tipped Kamaru Usman to beat him to the punch and become the first African UFC champion. Cameroonian Ngannou (12-3) had the chance to make history when he fought Stipe Miocic (18-3) for the heavyweight belt in January 2018, but lost via unanimous decision to the American. While Ngannou returned to title contention … Read moreUsman backed to make African history

Ngannou’s been waiting for Velasquez

Francis Ngannou tells mmaengage.com he’s waited two years to share the octagon with former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez. The Cameroonian gets his wish on Sunday when the duo headline the first UFC main card to air on ESPN at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. SuperSport will also televise the … Read moreNgannou’s been waiting for Velasquez

Smith replaces Du Plessis vs Roodman

Undefeated prospect Justin ‘The Power’ Smith has stepped up to fight Gordon Roodman in the EFC 77 main card opener following the withdrawal of Neil du Plessis through illness. Du Plessis (3-1) was ruled out of the middleweight contest with a staph infection, with DR Congo’s Smith (3-0) moving up from welterweight to face Roodman … Read moreSmith replaces Du Plessis vs Roodman

Vanderaa reveals Champion tip-off

Newly minted EFC heavyweight champion Jared Vanderaa has revealed he was tipped off about Dalcha Lungiambula’s UFC call-up a while back. On Thursday it was announced that Lungiambula (9-1) had signed a four-fight deal with the Las Vegas-based promotion. READ: Details of Dalcha’s UFC deal In the process his EFC heavyweight belt passed over to … Read moreVanderaa reveals Champion tip-off

‘Madiba will gas and be choked out’

Devon Cronje has predicted EFC stalwart Tumisang Madiba will gas and be choked out in their bantamweight scrap in Pretoria on March 16. The pair will collide in the prelims of EFC 77, which is headlined by ex-lightweight champion Martin van Staden (26-11) battling Englishman Joe Cummins (5-1) for the vacant strap. Cronje (3-1) expects … Read more‘Madiba will gas and be choked out’

Ellenor bounces back in Bellator

Former EFC bantamweight Cal Ellenor won his Bellator MMA debut with a first-round submission of Nathan Greyson in Newcastle, England on Saturday night. Ellenor finished the ex-Cage Warriors flyweight champion with a rear-naked choke at 4:04 of the opening frame in the prelims of the Newcastle Bellator card at Utilita Arena. 💪@CalPacinoMMA locked it in & … Read moreEllenor bounces back in Bellator

Champion’s UFC deal details

Dalcha ‘Champion’ Lungiambula could explore competing at middleweight in the UFC. The former EFC heavyweight and light heavyweight king recently landed a four-fight deal with MMA’s top promotion. READ: Israel Adesanya plans SA visit While Lungiambula (9-1) plans to initially fight at light heavyweight in the octagon, the 5ft 10in powerhouse may test the 185lb … Read moreChampion’s UFC deal details

Ellenor psyched for Bellator debut

Former EFC interim bantamweight title challenger Cal Ellenor expects fireworks in his Bellator MMA debut against ex-Cage Warriors flyweight champion Nathan Greyson in Newcastle, England on Saturday. READ: Ellenor grateful for EFC exposure The pair will meet in the prelims on a stacked Newcastle Bellator card, which is headlined by Ryan Scope (11-1) taking on … Read moreEllenor psyched for Bellator debut

‘Champion’ Dalcha signs with the UFC

EFC champ-champ Dalcha Lungiambula has been signed by the UFC. Lungiambula (9-1) has consequently relinquished his EFC heavyweight and light heavyweight titles, as he prepares to enter the territory ruled by MMA superstar Jon Jones (23-1). READ: Cris Cyborg is coming to SA The Congolese powerhouse, who has been living and training in Cape Town, becomes … Read more‘Champion’ Dalcha signs with the UFC