Don Madge has waved his magic wand again, scoring his third consecutive win in the EFC on Friday night.
The Magic Man and fellow Capetonian “Champion” Dalcha Lungiambula reigned supreme at EFC 52, giving local fans of mixed martial arts plenty of reason to cheer.
EFC Worldwide held its 52nd event at GrandWest, and in the night’s main event, two former champions rolled mekaar.
Don Madge faced off with Brazilian Jadyson Costa, his former Brazilian Jiu Jitsu coach.
All five of Madge’s career wins had come before the final bell.
Costa, meanwhile, returned to the cage for the first time in two years.
The well-travelled veteran had not fought under the EFC banner since 2012.
Early on in the first round, Costa knocked down Madge with a vicious left hook that shocked the former lightweight champion.
Costa took advantage but was unable to capitalise.
Madge escaped Costa’s attempted choke hold, after which the Magic Man dominated.
After continuous strikes to Costa’s head, referee Bobby Karagianidis had no choice but to call an end the fight, giving Madge a technical knockout victory.
In the co-main event, Dalcha faced off against Tumelo “The Train” Maphutha for the interim light heavyweight title.
It started off quite slowly with very few punches being thrown, showing fans a completely different side to the usually feisty Dalcha.
However, Dalcha dominated with regular takedowns in the fight which lasted five rounds, with each round more exciting than the previous.
Compared to some of Maphutha’s previous fights, he was not ready for what Dalcha was bringing to the hexagon in this title match-up.
Dalcha won the fight by unanimous decision and took the belt, stopping “The Train” in his tracks.