Van Zyl crowned new MMA heavyweight champion
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Andrew van Zyl was crowned new Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) heavyweight champion, after defeating the former undefeated Ruan Potts at the 18th edition of EFC Africa at Carnival City in Brakpan on Friday night.
Having already successfully defended his title against Van Zyl in November 2011, Potts was unable to repeat his heroics, after his challenger was awarded the victory by unanimous decision by the deciding judges, with the fighters not able to decide a winner after the full five rounds of action.
Potts looked on top for most of the fight but Van Zyl was able to grind out the victory, repeatedly sending the fight to the floor, where the new champion out-punched Potts and grabbed a well-deserved win.
In the first main card bout of the night, Tyron Rightford connected a right hook to David Buirski’s temple, claiming victory one minute and 47 seconds into the first round of their welterweight fight.
Brother Gareth Buirski was next to the ring, but was thwarted by Abdul Hassan, who defeated Gareth by majority decision from the judges after the pair could not be separated after three rounds, ending a disappointing evening for the Buirski family.
In the night’s other fights, Tumelo Maphutha set a new EFC Africa record by knocking out Chris du Pont a mere seven seconds into their bout, claiming the fastest ever knockout.
Meanwhile, in the light heavyweight division, Gideon Drotschie put himself in contention for a shot at the title when he defeated Brendon Groenewald in the third round of their bout, courtesy of a technical knockout halfway into the final round.
Johan van Staden and Dallas Jakobi were forced to share the spoils as the judges ruled a split draw, after the bout went the full three rounds and failed to produce a winner.
There were also wins for Charlie Weyer in the bantamweight division, Juan Lubbe in the welterweight division and an impressive showing from Sors Grobbelaar, who withstood plenty of big hits from heavyweight opponent Ricky Misholas, but was awarded victory by a split decision, infuriating the crowd, who clearly thought Misholas should have won.