EFC 80: Soldierboy vs Lesar
With only 9 days until the EFC takes centre stage at the home of African MMA in the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg, EFC 80 Soldierboy vs Lesar brings fight fans from around the world a 12-fight action packed card. Headlined by a massive title fight, the #TF2 finale, a No.1 contender bout and nine more exciting match-ups.
In the main event, former champ and former UFC middleweight, Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan makes his return to the EFC Hexagon for the first time in almost 5 years to face #TF2 rival coach and TF1 winner, Brendan Lesar for the interim EFC middleweight title.
“It is a great opportunity for me to be in front of the SA fans again. I am coming up against somebody that is just as hungry as I am. Who just wants to be as successful as I am in what I do and is gonna fight just as hard,” stated McLellan at last Friday’s press conference.
“I am in a good space and I just want to enjoy the moment and embrace the experience. I am on the main card and going up against an MMA icon in South Africa. I look forward to doing my best,” responded Lesar.
The #TF2 finale takes place as the co-main event and sees the two finalists from the hit South Africa reality tv show that has been playing out on television around the world over the past 9 weeks. With the semi-finals taking place this weekend, who will be crowned the #TF2 champion and earn the 6-figure EFC contract and a guaranteed shot at Amanda Lino for the EFC women’s flyweight title? Will it be Sweden’s Cornelia Holm, France’s Manon Fiorot, USA’s Kayla Hracho or Netherland’s Mellony Geugjes?
Also on the main card, the second leg of the EFC welterweight Grand Prix goes-down. Bitter rivals Conrad Seabi and Luke Michael will finally collide after months of build-up and re-scheduling due to injuries. The winner will be named the official No.1 EFC welterweight contender and face Themba Gorimbo in the Grand Prix finals for the vacant welterweight championship.
“He is underestimating me,” stated Seabi last Friday. “You don’t deserve to be where you are boy, they are pushing you. Mark my words, I will show you don’t deserve to be here!”
“I am focused on one fight at a time. I am going to finish this guy and then I’ll fight Themba for the belt,” replied Michael when asked on the welterweight Grand Prix
Also on the card, rising contender Asiashu Tshitamba takes-on 12-fight EFC veteran Martin deBeer as he looks for his fourth straight win. And, the destructive Saxon Delafield clashes with hometown favourite Marcel Els in the main card’s opening bout.
EFC 80: Soldierboy vs Lesar takes place on Saturday 29th June 2019 at the Big Top Arena, Carnival City, Johannesburg.