Michiel Opperman (Ruby Wolff/EFC Worldwide)

EFC 53 Results: Opperman Crushes Bahati, Allen Stops Thomas

On Friday, Sept. 2, EFC Worldwide held its 53rd event from Carnival City in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the night’s main event, England’s Yannick Bahati clashed with South African Michiel Opperman. Bahati, the promotion’s middleweight champion, entered the contest with a record of 6-1, with his last two wins inside the EFC cage coming via first-round kimura submissions. Opperman, a former EFC titleholder, looked to bounce back from a title loss at EFC 41.

The co-main event featured another former champion as Boyd Allen took on Azi Thomas in a lightweight match-up.


EFC 53 kicked off Friday with the preliminary card at 16:45 CAT. The main card followed at 20:00 CAT.

Michiel Opperman def. Yannick Bahati by knockout (punches). Round 1, 0:12
Boyd Allen def. Azi Thomas by TKO (punches). Round 3, 1:58
Danny Henry def. Wade Groth by TKO (punches). Round 2, 0:39
Andrew van Zyl def. Tony Mustard by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:07
Tumisang Madiba def. Mamoudou Toure by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:20
Pupanga Tresor def. Kaleka Kabanda by unanimous decision
Martin de Beer def. Jasen van der Merwe by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 1:51
Georgie Georgiev def. Johnny Fields by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 1:09
Pierre Botha def. Boney Bukaka by TKO (punches). Round 1, 1:51
Conrad Seabi def. Sizwe Mnikathi by knockout (punches). Round 3, 1:23
Claude Ntumba def. Pieter de Klerk by TKO (punches). Round 1. 0:50