Die ding het behoorlik geruk at GrandWest, where EFC 55 fight night took place on Friday.
The sold-out Grand Arena was witness to one of the biggest fights in EFC history, when the night’s main event, Demarte “The Wolf” Pena and Irshaad “White Tiger” Sayed battled for the coveted Bantamweight title.
In the gruelling five-round bout, both fighters played a tactical standing game, trying their best to stay clear of the floor.
Many expected Pena to take Sayed down early, but the Angolan knew exactly what he was doing.
In a unanimous decision by the judges, Pena was named the winner and the crowd erupted.
The co-main event for the Lightweight title, which saw champion Dave “Pain Train” Mazany clash with former champ Leon “Iron Lion” Mynhardt, was just as exciting, with Mazany dead set on proving himself.
Both men were spectacular, mesmeriSing the crowd with a brutal display of mixed martial arts. Mynhardt tried to keep his distance and filled the space with punishing strikes, which the American absorbed and returned.
Mynardt gave it his all but couldn’t match Mazany’s skills, and the referee was forced to call the fight due to excessive bleeding from a cut above Mynhardt’s eye.
Mazany won by TKO stoppage.
Former heavyweight champions Ruan “Fangzz” Potts and Brendon Groenewald preceded the lightweights.
Groenewald attacked early, bloodying Potts in the first round with heavy strikes, but Potts forced Groenewald to tap in the second round to a rear naked choke.
A disappointed and emotional Groenewald announced his retirement after the fight.