Yannick Bahati (Anton Geyser/EFC Worldwide)

EFC 49 Results: Bahati Submits Kruger, Captures Middleweight Title

On Friday, May 13, EFC Worldwide held its 49th event from the Big Top Arena in Carnival City, Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the night’s main event, the promotion’s vacant middleweight title was up for grabs as South Africa’s J.P. Kruger tangled with England’s Yannick Bahati. Kruger had challenged for gold before, but came up short against former champion Garreth McLellan at EFC 28. Four of Kruger’s six wins had come via submission. Bahati, meanwhile, entered the bout as a finisher, having stopped four of his five foes, including three inside the first round.

EFC 49 kicked off Friday with the preliminary card at 16:45 CAT. The main card followed at 20:00 CAT.


Yannick Bahati def. J.P. Kruger by submission (kimura). Round 1, 3:52 – for middleweight title
Andrew van Zyl def. Tomasz Kowalkowski by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:41
Themba Gorimbo def. Joe Cummins by unanimous decision
J.P. Buys def. Abdul Hassan by TKO (punches). Round 1, 2:06
Wesley Hawkey def. Brendon Katz by knockout (punches). Round 1, 1:28
Wessel Mostert def. Wilhelm Strauss by knockout (punch). Round 1, 1:44
Mthobisi Buthelezi def. Sifiso Ngcobo by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:28
Mzwandile Hlongwa def. Mark Kamba by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:21
Alain Ilunga def. Jeff Madiba by submission (verbal). Round 1
Yusuf Hassan def. Bill Thusi by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:53