EFC AFRICA returns to Johannesburg for EFC AFRICA 14, where featherweight and lightweight titles will be contested and Africa’s top mixed martial artists will battle it out in the hexagon. The fights that have been put in place will devide the men from the boys, but SA Men is looking forward to the Costa Ioannou and Adam Speechly match up! This will be the fight everybody is going to talk about!
The Metropolitan Premier Cup has usually been dominated by the PSL academies in recent years, with likes of Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United winning the tournament in the last few years. The last non PSL team to win this tournament was Bright Stars in 2007 and since then it has been dominated by PSL academies.
All systems are go for EFC AFRICA 13 at the GrandWest Grand Arena tomorrow night! All 26 athletes made weight at the GrandWest Market Hall on 12 April amid intense stare-downs. Cape Town’s first EFC AFRICA weigh-in attracted a large crowd of animated fight fans. Cheers for Cape Town’s local favourites and popular out-of-towners filled the hall as MMA athletes took the stage for the public weigh-in.
There is something about a good fight that just gets the heart pumping! We are built to be warriors at heart, but lets be honest, we need to preserve ourselves as well. So where do we go to release the warriors within us, we go and watch a rugby match or a boxing match, but nothing compares to a real fight to the end! Bring on EFC Africa 13!!! The EFC is bringing the fight to Cape Town, so if there are any warriors out there that wants to see what fighting is all about, then we have good news!!
Popular Johannesburg fighter Dino Bagattin rushes straight back into the EFC AFRICA hexagon to avenge his recent loss at EFC AFRICA 12. Despite an excellent first round for the East Rand Muay Thai specialist, the grappling prowess of his opponent, Michiel Opperman, derailed his hopes of victory at 2:37 into round two.
The seventh and final stage took riders from Oak Valley/Elgin to Lourensford Wine Estate over a distance of 64km with 1 350m of climbing. Dr. Evil found a new way to the Champs Elysees of mountain biking, again reminding riders that there is no easy day at the Absa Cape Epic. Lourensford Wine Estate awaited the tired athletes as they made their way from Oak Valley over Twin Peaks above the Elgin Dam and down the ever-familiar portage section of Gamtouw Pass.
With stage four of the Absa Cape Epic completed, Vanessa Haywood has impressed everyone with her staying power in this year’s race. Haywood is probably best known for her role as the leading lady in the number one box office hit, District 9. Her successful television career also includes appearances as a presenter for Groen (Kyknet), Top Billing (SABC 3), AgriTV (SABC 1), Superdance (ETV), and Wildlife Video Cast (Asia).
Some may have called stage two “a fun day out”, but today was payback time. Stage three took riders from Robertson to Caledon – 147km with 2 900m of climbing. Dr. Evil cited four major climbs on the longest stage in Absa Cape Epic history, with the action starting around the 40-kilometre mark.
The 119km (with 1 650m of climbing) route traversed the beautiful rolling dual tracks through the stony Klein Karoo, passing through the charming village of McGregor. It was a special day out for the riders. For those who managed to avoid tunnel vision, it was a geologist’s paradise with remarkable sandstone formations.
Today was the first day of the ABSA Cape Epic and SA Men was there to cheer the riders on and see who is who in this race and what all the hype is about! South Africa is hosting 1200 MTB riders from 46 different countries to ride for 8days, covering 781km over an elevation of 16300m.
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