Extreme Fighting Championship, Africa’s biggest mixed martial arts organisation, will hold their landmark 50th event in Sun City, South Africa on June 17. At the event, there will be a light heavyweight collision between South Africa’s own Chad “Superman” Hanekom and Ireland’s, Cian “Kong” Erraught. It is a bout that EFC president Cairo Howarth has described as “the future of the light heavyweight division facing off right now.” Both men are considered to be serious prospects and it will be a treat for MMA fans to see them throw down on June 17.
Both Hanekom and Erraught have impressed in their fledgling MMA careers so far, primarily at amateur level, and interestingly, they both come from a background in rugby, with both men playing the sport to a high level. The sheer physicality and tough nature of rugby has helped a number of MMA fighters in the past, including current UFC middleweight Garreth McLellan and former UFC welterweight Cathal Pendred.
There is significant excitement around Hanekom in his native South Africa, with many seeing him as a future champion in the 205 pound division. After an injury and a car accident delayed his long-awaited professional debut, Hanekom finally made his first professional walk to the cage at EFC 46 last December. “Superman” did not disappoint, dominating Ruben Groenwald and securing a mounted arm-triangle to earn a debut win little over 90 seconds into the bout. Hanekom trains out of Fight Fit Militia in Johannesburg, South Africa alongside UFC fighter Garreth McLellan as well as EFC standouts Martin van Staden and the current EFC light heavyweight champion, Norman Wessels. Hanekom is seen by many as the natural successor to Wessels’ crown, should the champion vacate the title.
Cian Erraught will be making his EFC debut at EFC 50 and has decided on the 205 pound division for his professional career going forward having competed at both heavyweight and light heavyweight as an amateur. The MMA scene in Europe for fighters in the higher weight classes is fairly sparse, so the transition to EFC, which boasts a much deeper pool of light heavyweights, should enable Erraught to see regular action inside the cage. Erraught is known for his power and trains out of the world renowned SBG Ireland gym, so he has been training with some of the top coaches and fighters in the world. The Irishman is a highly regarded talent and a win over Hanekom at EFC 50 would be a real statement of intent in his EFC debut.
EFC 50 will take place on June 17 from Sun City, South Africa. The main event will be for the vacant EFC welterweight title as Dricus du Plessis takes on Martin van Staden. The full card for EFC 50 currently looks as follows.
EFC 50 Card
- Dricus du Plessis vs Martin van Staden – EFC Welterweight Title
- Shana Power vs Micol Di Segni
- Ruan Potts vs Vandam Mbuyi
- Chad Hanekom vs Cian Erraught
- Elvis Moyo vs Ricky Misholas
- Gordon Roodman vs Rafal Haratyk
- Wade Henderson vs Cameron Meintjies
- Mthobisi Buthelezi vs Luke Michael
- Pupanga Tresor vs Niel du Plessis
- Bill Thusi vs Tjaart Henning
- Guy Mugambe vs Dansheel Moodley
- Amos Hlatshwayo vs Sindile Manengela
You can watch the EFC preview video for the Hanekom vs Erraught fight, as well as for the women’s flyweight bout between Power and Di Segni below.
*Live Updates* UFC Gdsank Official Results
The UFC hosted their second event in the country of Poland, as UFC Gdsank took place at the Ergo Arena. The card was headlined by a welterweight fight between Donald Cerrone and Darren Till.
Cerrone (32-9) was coming off a close unanimous decision loss to former 170-pound champion Robbie Lawler in July. It was the only time in “Cowboy’s” MMA career that he had suffered consecutive losses.
Till (15-0-1) improved his undefeated record in September, defeating Bojan Veličković by unanimous decision. It was a case of old school vs. new school in this headliner, as the up and comer Till hoped to secure the biggest win of his career over Cerrone.
MAIN CARD – UFC Fight Pass – 8PM BST
- Donald Cerrone (32-9) vs. Darren Till (15-0-1) – Welterweight bout
- Result: Darren Till def. Donald Cerrone via TKO (punches) Round 1 – 4:20
- Karolina Kowalkiewicz (11-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (6-3) – Women’s strawweight bout
- Result: Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Jodie Esquibel via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Devin Clark (8-2) – Light heavyweight bout
- Result: Jan Błachowicz def. Devin Clark via SUB (rear-naked choke) Round 2 – 3:02
- Oskar Piechota (10-0) vs. Jonathan Wilson (7-3) – Middleweight bout
- Result: Oskar Piechota def. Jonathan Wilson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
*Watch* Bellator 185 Weigh in: Live Stream, Results
Watch the live weigh-ins for Bellator 185 here.
Gegard Mousasi takes on Alexander Slemenko live this Friday night October 20th at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville CT. This is the first appearance for Mousasi in the Bellator cage as he looks to secure a title shot with a win over the very tough former Bellator champion Slemenko. Joining these men of the main card will be a pair of welterweights as Neiman Gracie from the famous Gracie BJJ family takes on Zak Bucia in the co-main event.
Full Weigh-in Results: (Updated in real time)
Gegard Mousasi (185) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (186)
Neiman Gracie (170.5) vs. Zak Bucia (170)
Heather Hardy (126) vs. Kristina Williams (126)
Ryan Quinn (155.5) vs. Marcus Surin (155)
Ana Julaton (125.5) vs. Lisa Blaine (122)
Jordan Young (200) vs. Alec Hooben (194)
Costello van Steenis (185) vs. Steve Skrzat (186)
Vinicius de Jesus (170) vs. Joaquin Buckley (171)
John Beneduce (154.5) vs. Dean Hancock (155)
Timothy Wheeler (144) vs. Pete Rogers (144)
Don Shainis (150) vs. Matthew Denning (149)
Frank Sforza (149) vs. Vovka Clay (150)
Kevin Carrier (156) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (153)
John Lopez (126) vs. Billy Giovanella (125)
Bellator 185- How to Watch, Times and Fight Card
Bellator is once again heading to Mohegan Sun in Uncasville Connecticut, and this time they are bringing with them one of the most anticipated former UFC fighter turned Bellator stars’ debut. Gegard Mousasi will be making his first appearance in the Bellator cage against a former Bellator champion in Alexander Shlemenko. Although this event has lost some of its star power over the last several weeks, it is still stacked and you can bet that the main event will bring some fireworks.
Earlier in the month, it was announced that King Mo had suffered an injury that had forced him out of his co-main event fight with former middleweight champion Liam McGeary. Bellator worked quickly to secure a replacement opponent for McGeary in Bubba McDaniels. Unfortunately for McDaniels and the fans alike, McGeary had later suffered an injury of his own and the fight was removed from the card.
This left a spot open in the co-main event slot, which would be filled by a welterweight matchup between Brennan Ward and David Rickels. Just four days out from the fight, Bellator announced that Ward had also become injured and the fight has been removed from the card as well. The main card has been shuffled around and the welterweight bout between Neiman Gracie and Zak Bucia will now serve as the co-main event.
Main Card- Spike TV (US/Canada) Spike UK (UK)- 9 pm EDT, 6 pm PDT, 2 pm UK
- Middleweight Main Event: Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC)
- Welterweight Feature Bout: Neiman Gracie (6-0) vs. Zak Bucia (18-8)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Heather Hardy (1-0) vs. Kristina Williams (Debut)
- Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Quinn (13-7) vs. Marcus Surin (4-0)
- Women’s Flyweight Feature Bout: Ana Julaton (2-2) vs. Lisa Blaine (1-0)
Preliminary Card- Live Stream (MMA Latest New)- 7 pm EDT, 4 pm PDT, 12 pm UK
- 195 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Jordan Young (6-0) vs. Alec Hooben (5-3)
- Middleweight Preliminary Bout: Costello van Steenis (8-1) vs. Steve Skrzat (8-9)
- Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Vinicius de Jesus (5-1) vs. Joaquin Buckley (7-1)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: John Beneduce (2-1) vs. Dean Hancock (2-1)
- Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Timothy Wheeler (1-4) vs. Pete Rogers (2-4)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Don Shainis (3-1) vs. Matthew Denning (5-6)
- 150 lb. Catchweight Preliminary Bout: Frank Sforza (6-0) vs. Vovka Clay (3-2)
- Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Kevin Carrier (Pro Debut) vs. Jose Antonio Perez (Pro Debut)
- Flyweight Preliminary Bout: John Lopez (6-4) vs. Billy Giovanella (9-5)
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