It was roughly 3 months since the last EFC event in Cape Town and by the time this one came around I was super psyched for it. I’ve watched quite a lot of the EFC’s at home on the telly, but I must say that it really just doesn’t compare to the vibe down at the actual event. Due to the earlier fights starting off during ‘working hours’ the grand arena at Grand West is still a little empty and void of crowd energy, but by the time those main fights roll around you really can feel the atmosphere change. If you haven’t gone to one before – seriously, you need to go! It’s an awesome boys night out and one that you’ll want to keep on reliving every time EFC comes to your town.
And you’re sure to spot some local celebs there too. Hands down the biggest name on the night, and one that I sure has hell got a selfie with, was US martial artist and actor Michael Jai White. That’s right – I got me a picture with Spawn bee-yatch! BOOM! And I must say that it’s refreshing to see that on his instagram page he credits himself as a martial artist and then an actor. A man that lives by his passions… I like it.
Pop Quiz: What record-breaking superhero film did MJW have a cameo in? Answer at the bottom of the blog post.
I must say that the only really disappointing thing on the night was that the after party, or total lack thereof was quite disappointing. Last time, the music was pumping, strobes were firing and a real party broke out. I remember Shane ‘The Duke’ Wellington drinking, busting a move with a couple of ladies and just having a huge jol. Nothing could have been more opposite this time round. It was like Grand West wanted us to go home. All the house lights were on, sterile music being played off some playlist on a laptop. It also felt like the powers-that-be were trying to keep all the plebs out of the main hall too. Last time it was more of a 50/50 sharing of the space, and it allowed for a much better vibe. Let’s hope this gets sorted out by April/May next year guys! After an evening of drinks, snacks and shouting at two guys in a cage, the last thing you wanna do is go home. Also, those bar ladies at the house bar need to seriously learn how to pour a beer. Head much?!
MHGymGuy‘s Rapid Fire Fight-By-Fight Recap:
Fight 6: Knife vs Elvis – A couple of big boys in this one where some bombs were being thrown around with absolutely no regard for the others safety. Knife took the first round, but that was pretty much it. After getting a nice shiner on his left eye, Elvis took Knife down to the Heartbreak Hotel and kept jabbing at him and throwing the occasional straight. Elvis was up for it too, stomping the ground, edging Knife to come at him. Halfway through that 3rd round Knife actually looked vary wary of Elvis’ strength and there was just no way Elvis was losing this one. And after losing his last 2 matches I’m glad he got a ‘W’.
Fight 7: Champion vs DVH – I Couldn’t quite place DVH from his fight card pic, but when I saw him I was like ‘Oh yes, the guy that got thumped by Tumelo Maphutha a few months back’. Having said that, and what was clearly on display in that fight was that win or lose it was highly unlikely that Danie was going to get A) knocked out B) submit and C) back off. The guy isn’t the greatest fighter in his division but he just keeps on going. And yeah, it pretty much went that way. Dalcha took the fight and put the ‘Champ’ in Champion.
Fight 8: Mukulu vs SDL – An alright fight who’s highlight was a crazy take down by Mukulu on De Lange. Could have gone either way, but in the end Bruno took it home. FYI – I called a split-decision win. #justSaying
Fight 9: Kubulu vs Queally – Judging by his profile pic in the fight card the Irishman Peter Queally looked like he had a head similar to that of an over-baked potato… fortunately that was not the case and looked much better in person (*you might want your agent to have a word with the designer’s Queally). This fight was a little bit of a downer with the Irishman pretty much strapping himself to Kubulu’s back for the entirety of the fight. Good for him and getting the win, but pretty boring stuff for us spectators. A ‘tip of the hat’ to the fighting Irishman for keeping it local, that’s Ireland-local, and entering to Cranberries classic ‘Zombie’.
Fight 10: Sayed vs Abdul – I knew this was going to be a cracker before it started. The best fights really are the light-middleweights. The guys are super-well conditioned and even more so if they’re strikers, which these two are. Sayed had Don Madge’s trainer in his corner and not his usual Korean guy. Not sure why, maybe the lure of the roulette table was too much on the night. The fight had some awesome kicks, knees, punches and elbows being thrown. Basically, if it could be thrown, they were throwing it. A great fight that went to the end and the Tiger took the unanimous decision win. And damn my TV-heavy upbringing – I cannot hear the word ‘tiger’ in a fight, especially Muay Thai without chanting ‘Nook Soo Kao’ in my head. Damn you Van Damme, damn you to hell.
Fight 11: Groenewald vs Walravens – After EFC 30 I partied with Brendon Groenewald as one of my mates knew him very well and is kinda in ‘his camp’. When you chat to him I can honestly say that he’s a lekker oke. No ego, no attitude, just a regular oke who happens to be badass in the cage. So going into the fight I was behind Groenewald and really hoping he would win the vacant title. And that he did. And wow, in what style. No one, including his parents, would’ve have put it down as a 1st round KO. The grand arena literally exploded as their local hero put Boomayeh to the canvas. Sit! It was a cracker of a round and like BG said in his post-match conference, anything can happen in the heavyweights, and yeah, ‘the unbelievable’ did happen. And now he gets to walk around his house in his undies with the heavyweight belt on his shoulder like Hulk Hogan. Jealous much?
Fight 12: Drotschie vs Chef – The big fight of the night. I was watching the EPK to the fight and was thinking, “I really would not want to fight Drotschie”. The guy loves to punch people and get punched. That’s not right. You don’t fight someone like that. And while he may love getting punched, what he does not like is having his head cut open by the cage and lose easily a pint of blood. Fair enough, Chef came in there and executed his game plan to a tee. Again, a game plan that did not make for great viewing, but that blood pouring out of Juggernaut’s head did at least allow for some crazy highlights. After the second round ended, the two seperated and Chef was just covered in Drotschie’s blood. It looked like a director’s cut from Carrie. Eventually the ref had to stop the fight because there was too much blood being lost. I feel sorry for Drotschie, but even more sorry for his drycleaner.
Pop Quiz Answer: The Dark Knight. He played a gangster in a pimped out suit that was part of the ‘gang boss meeting’ that the Joker crashed. It’s a pleasure