EFC 106 will go down in history as one of the most exciting night of fights in African mixed-martial arts. The main event was a jaw-dropping feast of guts and determination as the light-heavyweight title found a new worthy owner in JC Lamprecht who was forced to dig deep from a series of hellacious onslaughts from Mzwandile Hlongwa.
The global star from KwaZulu-Natal took then fight to the CIT vet with an unorthodox countering game plan involving lateral movement and a low guard, baiting his forward-footed foe into the pocket. As the fight wore on, the effect of Hlongwa’s leg kicks began to accumulate with Lamrpecht struggling to support his weight, yet continuing to push forward though the pain. In the second round, ‘Snakebone’ was able to utilise his superior striking to knock his opponent down to the canvas and follow up with powerful ground and pound, which Lamprecht was incredibly able to survive, though he was undoubtedly saved by the hooter at the close of the round. Once the third round commenced, Lamprecht found himself again on his back with Hlongwa inside his guard, from which the Pretorian was able to secure a guillotine choke to take the tap against all odds and send the packed-out crowd at the EFC Performance Institute into rapture to become the new 205lb champion of Africa.
Fan favourite Billy ‘The Kid’ Oosthuizen was also forced to dig deep after Emmanuel Sita pressed forward immediately with strikes, putting the highly-vaunted boxer on the back foot as both athletes began to swing for the fences. In the second round the action continued apace with a well-placed knee from Oosthuizen being the most telling blow, opening up a serious cut under Sita’s eye, knocking him down from which ‘The Kid’ forced the referee’s stoppage with devastating blows raining down. His victory now sets the stage for a tantalising clash with the featherweight great, Igeu Kabesa some way down the road.
It was women’s week in South Africa which impelled Dayne van Wyk and Mischka Laubscher to put on an action-packed display of striking, with van Wyk coming forward with a variety of stinging combinations of power, speed and accuracy which Laubscher was able to withstand and reply with her own effective counters. Van Wyk eventually took the unanimous decision win, the only main card bout requiring the judges arbitration, which now lines-up a fascinating clash with the current women’s bantamweight title-holder from Durban, Amanda ‘Mad Dog’ Lino.
Staying with the East Coast, Amanzimtoti’s Bradley Swanepoel re-entered the winning column with an impressive first-round guillotine to submit Zambia’s Robert Simbowe after Zimbabwe’s Godknows Ndlovu upset the World Sports Betting Odds by handing Johannes Rudolph his first ever professional defeat in the Hexagon.
OFFICIAL EFC 106 RESULTS:
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
JC Lamprecht def Mzwandile Hlongwa by Tap Out due to Guillotine Choke Round 3 (4:17)
Billy Oosthuizen def Emmanuel Sita by Tap Out due to Strikes Round 2 (0:31)
WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT FIGHT
Dayne Van Wyk def Mishka Laubscher by Judges Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds
Bradley Swanepoel def Robert Simbowe by Tap Out due to Guillotine Choke Round 1 (4:05)
Godknows Ndlovu def Johannes Rudolph by Tap Out due to Strikes Round 2 (4:27)
Kulekhani Hlongwa Roy Lokolo by Tap Out due to Rear Naked Choke Round 2 (4:31)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT
Wade Henderson def Willem Smith by Tap Out due to Armbar Round 1 (0:53)
Christopher Matukane def Wallace Okosso by Judges Unanimous Decision after 3 rounds
Edson Machavane def Mpumelelo Mngoma by Tap Out due to Armbar Round 1 (3:55)
Sithembiso Hadebe def Sibusiso Sovendle by Judges Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds
FIGHT OF THE NIGHT:
Dayne Van Wyk and Mishka Laubscher
EFC 107 is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Thursday, 7 September 2023, live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa.