At the peak of the EFC72 Fight card, will be the battle for the light weight title as South African MMA legend and pioneer looks to defend his title against former champion and perineal contender Dave Mazany. EFC have assembled a great night of fights with lots of local MMA legends as well as the rising of the new era all on showcase at EFC72
EFC official press release below:
PUNISHER VS PAIN TRAIN TO HEADLINE A FIERCE FIGHT NIGHT
USA’s Dave Mazany challenges champion Martin van Staden and 10 more action packed bouts are set to go down live from GrandWest, Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa – On Saturday 11 August, the former champion, Dave Mazany returns from Las Vegas determined to reclaim what was once his. The ‘Pain Train’ is on a collision course with the reigning lightweight titleholder, Martin ‘The Punisher’ van Staden. This bout headlines an action-packed EFC 72 fight card.
The man who is revered as one of the most dangerous strikers in the organisation, realised his destiny and captured the EFC title in a back-and-forth war against England’s Gavin Hughes. Van Staden started his legacy in the MMA world in enigmatic fashion, he built-up a meteoric record of spectacular performances, but now, in a fight against the former champion, it is his time to solidify it.
Mazany, who has travelled and fought all around the globe, made his first appearance in the EFC Hexagon at EFC 05 in 2010. Defeating then champion and stamping his authority on the division. Upon his return, Mazany tore through opposition, claiming and ultimately losing the EFC lightweight strap in the process.
He rebounded with a knockout of another teammate of Van Staden, Themba Gorimbo, and most recently defeated the highly acclaimed Chris Bright. The ‘Pain Train’ is officially back and on the hunt to reclaim EFC gold!
Added to this massive title fight, the card sees former light heavyweight champ, Gideon Drotschie, making his long-awaited drop to middleweight to face former TF1 contestant, England’s Jenaid Ebanks. In the midst of career resurgence and in a new division, Drotschie will be out to make a statement against his formidable foreign opponent.
Two of the most exciting athletes to have ever featured inside the Hexagon will go head-to-head. Cape Town favourite Faeez Jacobs takes-on the electrifying Tumisang Madiba. Fans can expect all out action when these two EFC stars collide.
The women’s flyweight clash between two accurate and devastating strikers sees Shana Power and Cape Town boxing star Paulwethu Namba battle it out. And in the opening fight of the live broadcast a grudge-match is set to go down as former teammates, Luke Michael and Armand Scheepers collide. Having trained together for years, they have a deep understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses and will exploit them at any cost in search of victory.
In addition to the exciting main card, seven action packed prelim bouts including the likes of August Kayambala vs Nerick Simoes, Justin Smith vs Giovanni Pretorius, Duane Jones vs Anthony Mailer, Saxon Delafield vs Hermie Drotschie and Willem Smith vs Matunga Djikasa are set to kick-off a fierce fight night.
EFC 72 Van Staden vs Mazany is presented by Betxchange.com and takes place on Saturday 11 August live from GrandWest, Cape Town. Tickets are on sale at computicket.com, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda), Kwese TV (Sub-Saharan Africa), live in South Africa on SABC 3 and FIGHT SPORTS (where available) starting and at 21:30 CAT/19:30 GMT. Full broadcast details available on efcworldwide.com. Prelim fights will be available for free on the official EFC Facebook page.