In any MMA Organization the heavyweight division is often the most anticipated. Fans are delighted at the Prospect of two larger than life athletes going toe to toe with every action a reaction, one mistake could result in your cortex taking a short holiday. The cruelest division at time with the stakes always at their highest. The fans favorite division sometimes can stay stagnant as it would seem the heavy hitters are few and far between when it comes to world class talent.
The EFC had been ruled by one man for quite some time with not a real challenger in sight, until that challenger emerged from a lower division. Champion Dalcha slayed the dragon and claimed his second division by dethroning Andrew Van Zyl, who is arguably the greatest Heavyweight Africa has ever known. What did this mean for the stagnant heavyweight division? We went from a King that seemed would never be defeated to a ruler of two weight classes. Will we see Dalcha defend that belt? Will he vacate it? And most importantly where will we find the next Challenger?
At That time it seemed it would take a long time for a challenger to emerge, that was until the end of EFC73 in Sun City when the greater picture started to become a lot clearer. The EFC set a multitude of heavyweight challenges to both rising stars and divisional veterans alike. Each winner along the way solidifying themselves as Future challengers.
Jared Vanderaa was amongst the challengers to set the tone, his challenge came in the way of one of Africa’s most feared and experienced boxers. Elvis Moyo. Moyo has the class of boxing mostly rare to an MMA arena and the ability to turn out the lights of any opponent within seconds. Vanderaa made a huge statement when he dispatched Moyo via TKO. The American known as “The Mountain” re announced himself with the EFC faithful and reminded everyone that we can not mention heavyweight title contenders without mentioning his name.
Ricky Misholas has long been building the momentum to earn a title shot, winning 4 out of his last 5, he has now cemented himself as a genuine contender. “The Apocalypse” has been given varying contenders from rising young guns to eccentric heavy hitters and survived just about every test in emphatic fashion. Misholas is as seasoned as it gets and has faced the who’s who of heavy hitters in Africa and the new look surging Misholas will be campaigning hard for a title fight and perhaps rightfully so.
Lets not forget the likes of two former champions Andrew Van Zyl and Ruan Potts awaiting there chance to get back toy Action. Potts a UFC and EFC Veteran can pose a threat to anybody on the EFC roster and the same must be said for Andrew Van Zyl. One can not talk about heavyweights with out mentioning former title challenger and massively talented Wessel Mostert still very much in the mix.
Down the ranks there is also an emerging class of young talent seemingly riding a wave of momentum in the shape of Thabani Mndebela and Matunga Djikasa who pose massive danger to the entire roster with a unique set of skills and challenges. We also can not count out the Heavyweight division “Gate Keeper” Elvis moyo.
Its clear to see that the Heavyweight division is alive with Possibility, with contenders rising both of youthful prospect and battle hardened veterans ready to state their Claim as the baddest Man on the African Continent.