This past weekend we saw the long awaited return of the EFC and it was an night to remember for various reasons. We saw Themba Gorimbo dominantly defend his Welterweight title, Anicet Kanyeba extend his win streak, controversial stoppages and even a forfeit in the cage before the fight even started. We all of this behind us we thought we would look forward and play armchair matchmaker for all the EFC84 winners.
ORLANDO MACHAVA: Takunda Gorimbo (1-1-0)
After having a less than desirable start to his professional career, Orlando Machava put in a dominant performance against Danie Swart to get his first professional win. Orlando hasn’t had the easiest of starts to professional MMA after going up against Devon Cronje, Asiashu Tshitamba and Stephen De La Rey who are all athletes on the rise to the top of their respective divisions. Someone who is in a similar position to Orlando is Takunda Gorimbo. Takunda is the younger brother of EFC Welterweight Champion Themba Gorimbo and his only professional career win is against Danie Swart. We could expect a high paced match-up between these two that would almost certainly end in a finish.
JT BOTHA & DIEGO BANDU: Versus Each Other
JT Botha and Diego Bandu found themselves in peculiar situations on Saturday night. Diego entered the cage to face Mark Kamba in what everyone thought would be an extremely violent affair, however, after entering the cage Mark Kamba was complaining of a neck pain which ultimately led to a forfeit before round 1 even began. Diego was awarded the win without even throwing a single punch.
JT Botha was meant to face Roy Lokolo in the follow bout on the card but the fight was scrapped as Roy picked up an injury during the warm-up and was unable to compete. Both JT and Diego completed their camps, cut weight, officially weighed in and pitched up ready to compete on fight night but never got the opportunity to actually fight. Lets get these guys back in there at EFC 85 and let them begin their professional careers with an actual fight.
BILLY OOSTHUIZEN: Marino Cutendana (6-4-0)
Billy Oosthuizen picked up a win against Aly Kalambay in a three round stand up battle that saw Billy take all three rounds in the judges eyes. Billy snapped a 3 fight losing skid with that win and is looking to re-establish his Bantamweight contendership status. Marino Cutendana was at one stage the Flyweight number 1 contender and was even regarded in the top 5 of the bantamweight division. A fight between these two athletes could lay the foundation for a Bantamweight title run.
CAMERON SAAIMAN: Bradley Swanepoel (1-0-0)
Cameron Saaiman tore through Zwe Ngema this past weekend displaying a fairly well round game for such a young fighter. He scored a 2nd round TKO over Ngema and controlled the fight from beginning to end. Still relatively young in his MMA career, Cameron needs a step up in competition. He needs opponent with a stronger skill set than his previous two opponents while still being at a similar level skill wise. There are not many guys out there that meet this criteria, however there is 1 fighter who ticks all the boxes and his name is Bradley Swanepoel. We know Bradley is currently competing at Featherweight and Cameron is at Bantamweight, however, there isn’t a significant size difference between these two fighters and I’m some middle ground can be found regarding weight. Cameron has a history with the Swanepoel family as he defeated Dylan Swanepoel at Fightstar 31 for the Junior Fightstar Title in 2018.
COLE HENNING: Saxon Delafield (6-4-1)
Cole Henning returned to the EFC after 4 year and 5 months on the sideline due to being sanctioned by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) for a failed in competition drug test. Cole looked impressive in his return scoring a massive knockout victory over Rodrique Kena. In August 2015 Cole Henning defeated Saxon Delafield via Submission (Guillotine), however, this result was overturned due to the failed drug test. Since then Saxon has been on tear in the EFC and a rematch is between “The Hitman” and the “One Minute Monster” makes the most sense considering where both these fighters are at in their careers.