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