BATTLE IN THE CAPITAL
Du Plessis vs Lesar to unify middleweight title, Lino vs Fiorot for women’s flyweight gold in headliningfights at Time Square, Menlyn
Pretoria, South Africa – Pretoria is gearing up toend 2019 with two of the most anticipated title fights of the year! With the title of undisputed middleweight champion hanging in the balance, reigning middleweight king Dricus du Plessis is set to collide with interim middleweight, #TF1 and #TF2 champion and coach respectively, the undefeated Brendan Lesar. Plus, the women`s double division champion, Amanda `Mad Dog` Lino puts her flyweight title on the line against the #TF2 champion, France`s Manon Fiorot. These two mega title fights headline an incredible 12 bout card at EFC 83 taking place on 14 December live from Time Square, Menlyn Pretoria.
Du Plessis is one of the most prolific MMA athletes to have ever risen out of South Africa, with an unparalleled list of achievements in combat sports.A K1 world champ, he transitioned to MMA and never looked back. Claiming EFC welterweight gold and becoming the second youngest EFC champion in history. He followed that up, by becoming the first ever EFC double division champion and claimed the Polish organisation, KSW’s welterweight strap in the process.
Now du Plessis returns to EFC with the opportunity to fight in front of his home town of Pretoria for the first time in his professional career, in the biggest fight of his career.
[pic of du Plessis]
While, du Plessis has been fighting in Europe, Lesar has been knocking out the competition and furthering his undefeated run on home soil.
Lesar’s MMA career has been truly remarkable and consistently odds defying. He went undefeated as an amateur over three years. A year later, he claimed a dominant debut victory. A year and half later, he entered the hit reality TV show TF1. Chosen last, he faced 4 undefeated opponents and came out the victor and the TF1 champion. Earning him the ultimate prize and a guaranteed shot at EFC gold.
However, he was not to face du Plessis but instead clash with the legend himself, Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan. Over 10 weeks, they were rival coaches on TF2. The same show that had given rise to Lesar. In the dramatic finale, Lesar knocked out McLellan and was named the interim champ.
At this point, du Plessis acknowledged Lesar was now worthy of his attention and they faced-off in the Hexagon.
[ pic of Lesar]
In the Co-headline, South African favourite and all-round female powerhouse, Amanda ‘Mad Dog’ Lino returns to action for the first time in over a year. She was last seen in finishing France’s Rizlen Zouak for the EFC bantamweight title. A dangerous Olympic Judo blackbelt in her own right.
Her list of accomplishments are of epic proportions. The first South African MMA amateur world champion. She was voted female fighter of the year shortly after claiming gold at the IMMAF world champs that year. Debuting in her home town of Durban, she quickly climbed the EFC ranks and became the first EFC women’s champion. She has never heard the final bell, with all her victories by way of an emphatic finish.
Lino has proven time and time again, that she is the best female in Africa and is highly confident of victory yet again as she faces this new French threat.
[pic of Lino]
An amateur world and European champ in her own right, Manon Fiorot entered the TF2 tournament as one of the heavy favourites. She ploughed through her competition. A TKO win over Rebecca Ainscough, a vengeful victory of Cornelia Holm and a highly impressive finish in the finale over Mellony Geugjes. Fiorot might just be the most dangerous striker in the women’s divisions with her trademark kicks and rangey punches.
The title has been her sole focus since signing onto the hit reality show, and she has stolen the fans with her matter-of-factness and powerful fighting style. Now she faces the biggest challenge of her young career.
[pic on Fiorot]
These two mega title fights headline the final EFC card of 2019 that is set to feature many of the organisation’s top talents and rising stars.
EFC 83 Du Plessis vs Lesar, Lino vs Fiorot, presented by Betway, takes place on Saturday 14 December live from Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria. Tickets are on sale nowat computicket.com. Full broadcast details available on efcworldwide.com.