Saturday, 14 April 2012

EFC 13 Fighter Analysis

Last night, the EFC Africa 13 Hexagon had a wide variety of fighters entering its gates. For some fighters it was a brand new experience, others were simply returning home. It takes a huge amount of hard work, dedication and courage to put it all on the line in the cage, and everyone of the 24 fighters who competed last night have my utmost respect.

Here is the list of fighters who impressed me with their performances.

Fighters who impressed at EFC 13

Jason Culverwell

Former AFL champion, Jason Culverwell, took to the big stage like a duck to water. The young light heavyweight was calm under fire and kept his head on the ground to submit a dangerous Mahmoud Salama in the first round. Culverwell also showed he can take a punch and is certainly someone to look out for the light heavyweight division.

Morne Marais

Durban-based heavyweight Morne Marais showed impressive take-down and ground skills in submitting Mike Vermeulen at EFC 13. This combination may be enough to earn him some wins in the heavyweight division, but if he can take his striking game to the next level and round off his MMA game, he may be a genuine threat to the division in the future.

Armand De Bruyn

Armand De Bruyn showed good composure, effective take downs and a fluid ground game against an aggressive Abie Valentine. De Bruyn has certainly earned himself a shot at some of the upper tier Middleweights in the EFC.

Wade Henderson

Returning to the middleweight division, Wade Henderson looked comfortable standing and off his back en route a submission victory against Cape Town’s James Le Roux. The G.O.A.T has made it clear he will fight anyone that stands in his way of a middleweight title shot.

Norman Wessels

Normal Wessels looked scary at Light Heavyweight. Chef blended his impressive skillset with passion and method to defeat Dain Neveling in brutal fashion. Wessels has definitely found a home at light heavyweight and is certainly a title contender in the division.

Michiel Opperman

Michiel Opperman continues to grow in my estimation with every fight. At EFC 13 Opperman weathered a serious storm from Martin van Staden, turned the tides and slapped on an impressive submission. Opperman has now defeated two of the welterweight divisions top fighters in impressive style and has left no doubt as to his legitimacy in the division. As the number one contender, Michiel Opperman will now face Jadyson Costa for the EFC Africa welterweight title.

Don Madge

EFC 13 gave fans a chance to see just how good Don Madge’s striking is. Madge also showed good take down defence and ground skills against Leon Mynhardt in a fight that not only lived up to all the hype, but created a stir with a somewhat unorthodox ending.

Leon Mynhardt

After taking a serious beating in round one, the Iron Lion showed serious resolve by taking the fight to Don Madge in rounds two and three. A much looser Mynhardt began to land shots in the second and showed why he is one of South Africa’s top strikers.

Dallas Jakobi

Dallas Jakobi was severely beaten in his Welterweight title defence. Jakobi however, showed the heart of a champion as he came out round after round and attempted to press the action. Dallas Jakobi is a warrior.

Jadyson Costa

Touted as a submission specialist, Jadyson Costa proved a point by outclassing Dallas Jakobi on the feet to become the new EFC Africa Welterweight champion. Costa showed impressive movement, hand speed and counterpunching ability en route a TKO victory.


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