HOO-RAH! SOLDIERBOY READY FOR LESAR
McLellan, Lesar, Fiorot, Geugjes on weight for EFC 80
Johannesburg, South Africa – The official EFC 80 #TF2 Finale weigh-in played out this morning in front of devout partisan crowd at the Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City, Johannesburg. After a 5-year absence, former champion, Garreth‘Soldierboy’ McLellan, makes a dramatic return to the EFC Hexagon to face #TF2 rival coach and TF1 champion, Brendan ‘Decendant’ Lesar (2-0), for the interim EFC middleweight title.
For the former UFC middleweight, ‘Soldierboy’, it is about leaving a legacy in his name and reclaiming the title that he never lost in the place he began his MMA career.
“This is where I began and where I want to end my career,” stated McLellan. He added, “I have travelled and fought in many places. There is nowhere like South Africa when the crowd gets pumping.”
Lesar is equally motivated for the biggest fight of his career. Eager to prove he belongs amongst the top of the sport and that he isn’t just a ‘new kid on the block.’
“I have been around for about 50 EFC events at Carnival City. I am going to enjoy the moment. Tomorrow night will be the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears!” stated Lesar.
In the co-main event, France’s Manon Fiorot faces Netherland’s Mellony Geugjes in the #TF2 Finale. The two ladies battled their way through an array of fights to earn their spots in the finals of the hit reality TV series and finally collide after months of build-up tomorrow night.
“I know her and I know exactly what I have to do in the fight. I am very proud to be fighting in EFC,” stated Fiorot stoically and elegantly in her native French tongue.
“I didn’t train that much with her, so it doesn’t matter. My camp was great,” responded Geugjes when asked about her opponent.
The much talked about welterweight Grand Prix continues with the heated fight between Conrad Seabi and Luke Michael. With a guaranteed shot at EFC welterweight gold against Themba Gorimbo, their rivalry reached boiling point when they finally were face-to-face. Hearing that Seabi was over the designated weight division, Michael marched him down, shouting and grabbing Seabi by the throat, his cool demeanour finally boiling over.
Hard hitting Saxon Delefield and the crafty prospect Marcel Els are expected to go toe-to-toe tomorrow night, as they both are on impressive winning streaks. With neither man having never been past the first round, this is a case of blink and you might miss it. Many pundits are predicting this to produce a mega-highlight finish.
Set to open the main card with a blitzkrieg of action, wrestle-boxer Devon Cronje faces the accurate striking of Guy Mongambi. With both men on the hunt for a third straight win to lift themselves towards title aspirations, they will leave nothing behind in their hunt for glory.
The main card is preceded by five exhilarating prelim bouts featuring EFC’s rising stars and prospects.
The following athletes initially failed to make weight:Benjamin Mangala, Conrad Seabi and Mellony Geugjes. Mangala and Geugjes suffer a financial penalty and Geugjes made her designated 125lbs within the allowed 2-hours.
The official EFC 80 weigh-in results:
Fight 1: Featherweight
Benjamin Mangala 150lbs
Warren Richards 145lbs
Fight 2: Lightweight
Tommy Strydom 149lbs
Duane Jones 151lbs
Fight 3: Lightweight
Adrian Sanchez 154lbs
Serge Kasanda 153,6lbs
Fight 4: Heavyweight
Matunga Djikasa 238lbs
Ivan Strydom 262,2lbs
Fight 5: Bantamweight
Sylvester Chipfumbu 135lbs
Fafa Dwama 133lbs
Fight 6: Bantamweight
Devon Cronje 134,8
Guy Mongambi 134,8lbs
Fight 7: Lightweight
Saxon Delafield 155lbs
Marcel Els 155lbs
Fight 8: Welterweight Gran Prix
Luke Michael 169,2lbs
Conrad Seabi 177lbs
Fight 9: #TF2 Finale Women’s Flyweight
Manon Fiorot 125lbs
Mellony Geugjes 125lbs
Fight 10: Interim Middleweight Title Fight
Garreth McLellan 183,5lbs
Brendan Lesar 184,2lbs
EFC 80 Soldierboy vs Lesar #TF2 Finale presented by Constantia Insurance which takes place on Saturday 29 June live from Carnival City, Johannesburg. Tickets are on sale at www.computicket.com. Full broadcast details available at www.efcworldwide.com.
About EFC® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC is a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. EFC produces 10 live events annually at sold out arenas. With over 150 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation, EFC showcases the greatest warriors on the planet.
EFC events are broadcast in over 120 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages. EFC programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households globally, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands in the world.
About TF2 – The Fighter
‘The Fighter’ is a ten-part reality TV series, presented by Constantia Insurance, featuring top female flyweight prospects from around the world in a quest that ends with a six-figure prize contract and a guaranteed shot at EFC gold. Not only does the winner receive a massive prize, but the opportunity to be coached and mentored by two of EFC’s best athletes.
Coached by former EFC champ and former UFC middleweight, Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan, and undefeated TF1 winner, Brendan ‘Descendent’ Lesar, the ten athletes are split into two teams, Team Soldierboy and Team Lesar. The two finalists and the two coaches will face each other at the grand finale on 29 June to be broadcast live on TV around the world.
Following the massive success of MMA reality programmes globally, The Fighter is the first show of its kind produced in Africa, as well as the first to be broadcast to African audiences on free-to-air TV networks.
The Constantia Insurance colours of orange and blue have been chosen as the official team colours for the series, with Team Soldierboy claiming the orange kit and Team Lesar the blue.