On Thursday, Nov. 6, Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) held its 35th from Grandwest, Cape Town, South Africa.
The event was headlined by a light heavyweight title fight, as champion Gideon Drotschie looked to defend his 205-pound strap for the second time when he met Norman Wessels.
Drotschie boasted an unblemished record through five professional outings. The 27-year-old captured the belt at EFC 20 with a third-round submission of Danie van Heerden and stopped Fraser Opie via second-TKO at EFC 25.
Wessels was coming off a first-round submission victory over Chris du Pont at EFC 28 earlier this year. Wessels has been competing under the EFC banner since the promotion’s inception in 2009 and is a former EFC heavyweight champion.Five of the 34-year-old’s six career wins had come inside the first round.
In the co-main event, the promotion’s vacant heavyweight title was on the line as Brendon Groenwald took on Christophe Walravens. Groenwald entered the contest having won back-to-back fights over Vandam Mbuyi and Elvis Moyo. Walravens rode a three-fight winning streak into the title affair. All four of his career wins had come by way of knockout.
EFC 35 aired live on the promotion’s website via online pay-per-view for USD $24.99 with the prelims kicking off at 16:15 CAT.
Norman Wessels def. Gideon Drotschie by TKO. Round 4, 1:22 – for light heavyweight title
Brendon Groenewald def. Christophe Walravens by TKO. Round 1, 2:57 – for heavyweight title
Irshaad Sayed def. Abdul Hassan by unanimous decision
Peter Queally def. Francois Kabulu by unanimous decision
Bruno Mukulu def. Shaun de Lange by split decision
Champion Dalcha def. Danie van Heerden by unanimous decision
Elvis Moyo def. Knife Didier by unanimous decision
Luke Michael def. Regis Muyambo by TKO. Round 3, 4:27
Sizwe Mnikathi def. Anthony Mailer by split decision
Pupanga Tresor def. Tyron Bester by knockout. Round 1, 0:12
Peter Nyide def. Boney Bukaka by unanimous decision
Sydney Mokgolo def. Chad Hepburn by split decision
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