On Wednesday, May 6, Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) held the weigh-ins for its 39th event, which will take place Thursday, May 7, at Grand West, Cape Town, South Africa.
The event is headlined by a heavyweight title fight that will pit new champion Brendon Groenewald against challenger Andrew van Zyl. In the co-main event former light heavyweight champion Gideon Drotschie will look to get himself back to contender status, squaring off with Tumelo Maphutha.
Groenewald will be looking to make the first defense of the EFC heavyweight title after winning it at EFC 35 in a first-round stoppage over Christophe Walravens. Groenewald has won four straight inside the Hexagon and five of his six career victories have been by way of stoppage.
Van Zyl, who is a former EFC heavyweight champion himself, has only lost twice inside the Hexagon, with both of those losses coming at the hands of former UFC competitor and former EFC heavyweight champion Ruan Potts. Van Zyl is heading into the EFC 39 title fight sporting back-to-back wins, both of which came by way of submission.
EFC 39 Weigh-in Results
Brendon Groenewald (114.90 kg) vs. Andrew van Zyl (115.50 kg) – for heavyweight title
Gideon Drotschie (91.50 kg) vs. Tumelo Maphutha (92.50 kg)
Don Madge (69.90 kg) vs. Regis Muyambu (69.80 kg)
Champion Dalcha (87.40 kg) vs. Yannick Bahati (87.60 kg)
Irshaad Sayed (60.85 kg) vs. Oumpie Sebeko (61.00 kg)
Luke Michael (70.00 kg) vs. Sibusiso Mdoko (70.00 kg)
Shaun de Lange (76.80 kg) vs. Mark Hulme (76.50 kg)
Marcel Teniers (76.90 kg) vs. Joe Cummins (76.80 kg)
Cameron Pritchard (76.10 kg) vs. Pupanga Tresor (77.00 kg)
Sizwe Mnikathi (70.40 kg) vs. Mamoudou Toure (68.42 kg)
Didier Nyembe (82.92 kg) vs. Quaid Openshaw (83.40 kg)
Mark Moleke (75.70 kg) vs. Kaleka Kabanda (75.84 kg)
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