Demarte Pena (center) (EFC Worldwide)

EFC 41 Results: Pena Retains, Cleland Earns Vacant Title

On Saturday, July 11, EFC Worldwide will hold its 41st event from Carnival City in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The event will be headlined by a bantamweight title fight between champion Demarte Pena and challenger Cedric Doyle. The unbeaten Pena has held both the bantamweight and featherweight belts under the EFC banner. The 25-year-old Angolan fighter was most recently in action at EFC 34, where he stopped Francois Groenewald via fourth-round TKO. South Africa’s Doyle earned his shot at gold by reeling off four straight victories inside the Hexagon.

In the co-main event, the promotion’s middleweight title is on the line between Michiel Opperman and Liam Cleland. Opperman is a former welterweight titleholder, who has won two straight bouts leading into the title affair. Cleland is a strong grappler who has gone the distance just once in his career.


EFC 41 kicks off Saturday with the preliminary card at 16:15 CAT.

Demarte Pena def. Cedric Doyle by unanimous decision – for bantamweight title
Liam Cleland def. Michiel Opperman by unanimous decision – for middleweight title
Danie van Heerden def. Bernardo Mikixi by submission (verbal). Round 2, 2:56
Lyle Karam def. Mark Hulme by unanimous decision
Wesley Hawkey def. Tumisang Madiba by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:57
Jaqauline Trosee def. Zita Varju by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 2:48
Koba Iakobidze def. Mthobisi Buthelezi by submission (heel hook). Round 1, 1:11
Oumpie Sebeko def. Tshilomba Mulumba by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 1:41
Pierre Botha def. Sindile Manengela by unanimous decision
Lourens Botes def. Pieter de Klerk by submission (armbar). Round 1, 1:39
Kanyeba Anicet def. Tyron Bester by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:40
Cole Henning vs. Ashley Calvert by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 2:08
J.P. Buys def. Josemar Octavio by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:02