Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC)

Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC) is a South African mixed martial arts promotion company established since 2009. It is the largest MMA promotion company on the continent of Africa[1] and features on its roster professional fighters from across the world including the United States, Europe, South America, the UK, Australia, and Africa. The organization produces 10 live events annually. They currently have over 120 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation.[2] EFC events are currently broadcast in over 120 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages.[3] To date, EFC has held 85 events and presided over approximately 982 matches.[4]

Extreme Fighting Championship
IndustryMixed martial arts promotion
FoundedSeptember 2009
FoundersCairo Howarth
Silas Howarth
Calvin Howarth
Headquarters,
Key people
Cairo Howarth
Silas Howarth
Calvin Howarth
Graeme Cartmell
Websitehttp://www.efcworldwide.com/

HistoryEdit

EFC was founded in 2009 by brothers Cairo Howarth, Silas Howarth, and Calvin Howarth[5] who are the present owners and along with Graeme Cartmell, who is the Vice President of Talent and Matchmaker, are the key people in the company. Prior to 2009, the Howarth brothers were great admirers of the UFC and would regularly watch UFC events through pay per view channels. This inspired them to create an African-based MMA promotion company modelled on the UFC which they named Extreme Fighting Championship (EFC). EFC's inaugural event took place at the Ticketpro Dome (formerly the Coca-Cola Dome) in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 10, 2009.[6][7] The first 7 events took place at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. From the 8th event in 2011 onwards, the organization held events in other major cities throughout South Africa which to date includes Cape Town, Durban, Carnival City Casino, Sun City Casino, Pretoria and Johannesburg. When the demand to watch EFC events grew, they signed television broadcasting and streaming deals with a number of media organizations throughout the world. Today EFC has broadcasting deals in place with Multichoice Supersport, SABC Sport, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, CSI Sports, DAZN, Best4Sport, and IB Sports.[8]

RulesEdit

Extreme Fighting Championship's rules are based upon the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. All bouts are contested over three, five-minute rounds, with the exception of five-round championship bouts. There is a one-minute rest period between rounds. As per the Unified Rules of MMA, Extreme Fighting Championship only allows competitors to fight in approved shorts, without shoes or any other sort of foot padding. Fighters must use approved light gloves (4-6 ounces) that allow fingers to grab. The referee has the right to stop the fighters and stand them up if they reach a stalemate on the ground (where neither are in a dominant position nor working toward one) after a verbal warning.

Match outcomeEdit

Matches usually end via:

  • Submission: a fighter taps on the mat or his opponent three times (or more) or verbally submits.
  • Knockout: a fighter falls from a legal blow and is either unconscious or unable to immediately continue.
  • Technical Knockout: stoppage of the fight by the referee if it is determined a fighter cannot "intelligently defend" himself or by ringside doctor due to injury.
  • Judges' Decision: Depending on scoring, a match may end as:
    • unanimous decision (all three judges score a win for one fighter),
    • split decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with the third for the other),
    • majority decision (two judges score a win for one fighter with one for a draw),
    • unanimous draw (all three judges score a draw),
    • majority draw (two judges score a draw).
    • split draw (the total points for each fighter is equal)

A fight can also end in a technical decision, technical draw, disqualification, forfeit or no contest.

Judging criteriaEdit

The ten-point must system is used for all EFC bouts; three judges score each round and the winner of each receives ten points, the loser nine points or less. If the round is even, both fighters receive ten points. The decision is announced at the end of the match, but the judge's scorecards are not announced.

FoulsEdit

The following are considered fouls in EFC bouts:

  1. Butting with the head.
  2. Eye gouging of any kind.
  3. Biting.
  4. Hair pulling.
  5. Groin attacks of any kind.
  6. Fish hooking, gouging as in self-defense and some martial arts.
  7. Putting a finger into any orifice or into any cut or laceration on an opponent.
  8. Small joint manipulation.
  9. Striking to the spine or the back of the head. (see Rabbit punch)
  10. Striking downward using the point of the elbow. (see Elbow (strike))
  11. Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea.
  12. Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh.
  13. Grabbing the clavicle.
  14. Kicking the head of a grounded opponent.
  15. Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent.
  16. Stomping a grounded opponent.
  17. Kicking to the kidney with the heel.
  18. Spiking an opponent to the canvas on his head or neck. (see piledriver (professional wrestling))
  19. Throwing an opponent out of the ring or fenced area.
  20. Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.
  21. Spitting at an opponent.
  22. Engaging in an unsportsmanlike conduct that causes an injury to an opponent.
  23. Holding the ropes or the fence.
  24. Using abusive language in the ring or fenced area.
  25. Attacking an opponent on or during the break.
  26. Attacking an opponent who is under the care of the referee.
  27. Attacking an opponent after the bell has sounded the end of the period of unarmed combat.
  28. Flagrantly disregarding the instructions of the referee.
  29. Timidity, including, without limitation, avoiding contact with an opponent, intentionally or consistently dropping the mouthpiece or faking an injury.
  30. Interference by the corner.
  31. Throwing in the towel during competition.

When a foul is charged, the referee in their discretion may deduct one or more points as a penalty. If a foul incapacitates a fighter, then the match may end in a disqualification if the foul was intentional, or a no contest if unintentional. If a foul causes a fighter to be unable to continue later in the bout, it ends with a technical decision win to the injured fighter if the injured fighter is ahead on points, otherwise it is a technical draw.

EFC championsEdit

Class Upper weight limit Champion Event Date Source
Heavyweight 265 lb (120 kg; 18.9 st) Vacant
Light Heavyweight 205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st) Vacant
Middleweight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st) Vacant
Welterweight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)   Themba Gorimbo
def. Luke Michael
EFC 82
Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa
September 28, 2019 [9][10]
Lightweight 155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st) Vacant
Featherweight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)   Igeu Kabesa
def. Pierre Botha
EFC 62
Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa
August 19, 2017 [11][12]
Bantamweight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st) Vacant
Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) Vacant
Women's Bantamweight 134 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st) Vacant
Women's Flyweight 125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st) Vacant
Women's Strawweight 115 lb (52 kg; 8.2 st) Vacant

Championship historyEdit

Heavyweight World ChampionshipEdit

206 to 265 lbs (93 to 120 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Ruan Potts
def. Norman Wessels
EFC 9
Johannesburg, South Africa
July 30, 2011

1. def. Andrew Van Zyl at EFC 11 on November 10, 2011
2. def. Bernardo Mikixi at EFC 16 on October 19, 2012

2   Andrew Van Zyl EFC 18
Johannesburg, South Africa
March 01, 2013

1. def. Sors Grobbelaar at EFC 23 on September 12, 2013

3   Ruan Potts (2) EFC 26
Johannesburg, South Africa
December 12, 2013
Potts vacated the title on May 10, 2014 after signing with the UFC
4   Brendon Groenewald
def. Christophe Walravens
EFC 35
Cape Town, South Africa
November 06, 2014
5   Andrew Van Zyl (2) EFC 39
Cape Town, South Africa
May 07, 2015
6   Cyril Asker EFC 44
Johannesburg, South Africa
October 03, 2015
Asker vacated the title on April 10, 2016 after signing with the UFC
7   Danie van Heerden
def. Brendon Groenewald
EFC 48
Cape Town, South Africa
April 22, 2016
van Heerden vacated the title on October 15, 2016 after leaving EFC
8   Andrew Van Zyl (3)
def. Elvis Moyo
EFC 54
Sun City, South Africa
October 15, 2016

1. def. Wessel Mostert at EFC 61 on July 08, 2017
2. def. Jared Vanderaa at EFC 66 on December 16, 2017

9   Dalcha Lungiambula EFC 71
Johannesburg, South Africa
June 23, 2018
Lungiambula vacated the title on April 10, 2016 after signing with the UFC
-   Jared Vanderaa
def. Ruan Potts for interim title
EFC 76
Pretoria, South Africa
December 08, 2018
10   Jared Vanderaa
def. Ricky Misholas
EFC 77
Pretoria, South Africa
March 16, 2019
Vanderaa vacated the title on November 4, 2020 after signing with the UFC

Light Heavyweight World ChampionshipEdit

186 to 205 lbs (84 to 93 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   J.P. Joubert
def. Norman Wessels
EFC 15
Johannesburg, South Africa
July 27, 2012
Joubert vacated the title after retiring.
2   Gideon Drotschie
def. Danie van Heerden
EFC 20
Johannesburg, South Africa
June 27, 2013 1. def. Fraser Opie at EFC 25 on November 07, 2013
3   Norman Wessels EFC 35
Cape Town, South Africa
November 06, 2014

1. def. Dalcha Lungiambula at EFC 42 on August 08, 2015

-   Dalcha Lungiambula
def. Tumelo Maphutha for interim title
EFC 52
Cape Town, South Africa
August 05, 2016
Title was vacated on March 4, 2017 when Wessels retired. The interim champion Dalcha Lungiambula become the champion.
4   Dalcha Lungiambula
promoted to undisputed champion
EFC 52
Cape Town, South Africa
August 05, 2016

1. def. Alan Baudot at EFC 61 on July 08, 2017
2. def. Stuart Austin at EFC 65 on November 04, 2017

Lungiambula vacated the title on June 29, 2019 after signing with the UFC
5   Simon Biyong
def. Quinton Roussow
EFC 82
Brakpan, South Africa
September 28, 2019
Biyong vacated the title on October 10, 2020 after signing with the Bellator MMA

Middleweight World ChampionshipEdit

171 to 185 lbs (77 to 84 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Garreth McLellan
def. Jacques Joubert
EFC 8
Johannesburg, South Africa
April 14, 2011
2   Jeremy Smith EFC 12
Johannesburg, South Africa
March 02, 2012

1. def. Darren Daniel at EFC 17 on November 23, 2012

3   Garreth McLellan EFC 24
Johannesburg, South Africa
October 10, 2013

1. def. JP Kruger at EFC 28 on March 27, 2014
2. def. Dricus du Plessis at EFC 33 on August 30, 2014

McLellan vacated the title on April 11, 2015 when he signed with the UFC
4   Liam Cleland
def. Michiel Opperman
EFC 41
Johannesburg, South Africa
July 11, 2015
Cleland vacated the title on May 13, 2016 after he retired
5   Yannick Bahati
def. JP Kruger
EFC 49
Johannesburg, South Africa
May 13, 2016

1. def. David Buirski at EFC 56 on December 09, 2016

6   Dricus Du Plessis EFC 61
Johannesburg, South Africa
August 19, 2017
-   Brendan Lesar
def. Garreth McLellan for interim title
EFC 80
Sibaya, South Africa
June 29, 2019
Du Plessis vacated on April 14, 2018 he signed with KSW

Welterweight World ChampionshipEdit

156 to 170 lbs (70 to 77 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Dallas Jakobi
def. Adam Speechly
EFC 10
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 01, 2011
2   Jadyson Costa EFC 13
Johannesburg, South Africa
April 13, 2012
3   Michiel Opperman EFC 16
Johannesburg, South Africa
October 19, 2012
4   Dino Bagattin EFC 23
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 12, 2013
5   Henry Fadipe EFC 29
Johannesburg, South Africa
May 01, 2014
6   Adam Speechly EFC 32
Johannesburg, South Africa
August 07, 2014
7   David Buirski EFC 37
Boksburg, South Africa
February 21, 2015

1. def. Martin van Staden at EFC 46 on December 12, 2015

Title was vacated on July 03, 2014 when Burisku moved up to Middleweight.
8   Dricus Du Plessis
def. Martin van Staden
EFC 50
Sun City, South Africa
June 17, 2016
Du Plessis vacated on April 14, 2018 he signed with KSW
9   Gunter Kalunda Ngunza
def. Maurício da Rocha Jr.
EFC 73
Sun City, South Africa
September 07, 2018

1. def. Martin van Staden at EFC 46 on December 12, 2015

Ngunza vacated on April 25, 2019 he signed with ONE
10   Themba Gorimbo
def. Luke Michael
EFC 82
Brakpan, South Africa
September 28, 2019

1. def. Lyle Karam at EFC 84 on March 14, 2020

Lightweight World ChampionshipEdit

146 to 155 lbs (66 to 70 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Wentzel Nel
def. Leo Gloss
EFC 3
Johannesburg, South Africa
May 08, 2010
2   Costa Ioannou EFC 8
Johannesburg, South Africa
April 14, 2011

1. def. Alex Cheboub at EFC 11 on November 10, 2011
2. def. Adam Speechly at EFC 14 on June 01, 2012
3. def. Leon Mynhardt at EFC 17 on November 23, 2012

3   Don Madge EFC 20
Johannesburg, South Africa
June 27, 2013
3   Leon Mynhardt EFC 25
Johannesburg, South Africa
November 07, 2013

1. def. Frederich Naumann at EFC 27 on February 27, 2014
2. def. Sibusiso Mdoko at EFC 34 on October 02, 2014
3. def. Don Madge at EFC 37 on February 21, 2015
4. def. Themba Gorimbo at EFC 44 on October 03, 2015

4   Dave Mazany EFC 51
Johannesburg, South Africa
July 15, 2016

1. def. Leon Mynhardt at EFC 55 on November 11, 2016

5   Don Madge (2) EFC 58
Cape Town, South Africa
April 08, 2017
Title was vacated on October 27, 2018 when Madge signed with the UFC.
6   Martin van Staden
def. Gavin Hughes
EFC 68
Cape Town, South Africa
March 31, 2018
7   Dave Mazany (2) EFC 72
Cape Town, South Africa
August 11, 2018
Title was vacated on March 16, 2019 when Mazany retired.
8   Joe Cummins
def. Martin van Staden
EFC 77
Pretoria, South Africa
March 16, 2019

Featherweight World ChampionshipEdit

136 to 145 lbs (61 to 66 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Demarte Pena
def. Leo Gloss
EFC 10
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 01, 2011

1. def. Wesley Hawkey at EFC 14 on June 01, 2012
2. def. Terrence Griessel at EFC 16 on October 19, 2012
3. def. Wentzel Nel at EFC 19 on April 19, 2013
4. def. Abdul Hassan at EFC 21 on July 25, 2013
5. def. Alain Ilunga at EFC 24 on October 10, 2013

Title was vacated on July 03, 2014 when Pena moved down to Bantamweight.
2   Boyd Allen
def. Barend Nienaber
EFC 32
Johannesburg, South Africa
August 07, 2014

1. def. Wade Groth at EFC 36 on December 11, 2014
2. def. Wesley Hawkey at EFC 38 on April 04, 2015

3   Danny Henry EFC 44
Johannesburg, South Africa
October 03, 2015
4   Igeu Kabesa EFC 47
Johannesburg, South Africa
March 05, 2016

1. def. Hanru Botha at EFC 56 on December 09, 2016

5   Danny Henry (2) EFC 57
Johannesburg, South Africa
March 04, 2017
Title was vacated on July 16, 2017 when Henry signed with the UFC.
6   Igeu Kabesa (2)
def. Pierre Botha
EFC 62
Johannesburg, South Africa
August 19, 2017

1. def. Calum Murrie at EFC 74 on October 06, 2018
2. def. Karlo Caput at EFC 79 on May 04, 2019

Bantamweight World ChampionshipEdit

126 to 135 lbs (57 to 61 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Nkazimulo Zulu
def. Charlie Weyer
EFC 27
Johannesburg, South Africa
February 27, 2014
2   Demarte Pena EFC 31
Johannesburg, South Africa
July 03, 2014

1. def. Francois Groenewald at EFC 34 on October 2, 2014
2. def. Cedric Doyle at EFC 41 on July 11, 2015
3. NC. Irshaad Sayed at EFC 55 on November 11, 2016
4. NC. Irshaad Sayed at EFC 66 on December 16, 2017

-   Irshaad Sayed
def. Cedric Doyle for interim title
EFC 48
Cape Town, South Africa
April 22, 2016
Title was vacated on December 16, 2017 when Pena was suspended 4 years by WADA for testing positive for steroids at EFC 55. The results of his two bouts were changed to No Contest[13]
3   JP Buys
def. Philippe Rouch
EFC 69
Johannesburg, South Africa
April 28, 2018

1. def. Luthando Biko at EFC 78 on April 13, 2019

-   Luthando Biko
def. Cal Ellenor for interim title
EFC 75
Cape Town, South Africa
November 03, 2018
-   Faeez Jacobs
def. Nkazimulo Zulu for interim title
EFC 81
Johannesburg, South Africa
August 10, 2019
Title was vacated on November 17, 2020 when Buys signed with the UFC.

Flyweight World ChampionshipEdit

116 to 125 lbs (53 to 67 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Nkazimulo Zulu
def. Craig Ninow
EFC 43
Durban, South Africa
August 27, 2015

1. def. Sylvester Chipfumbu at EFC 62 on August 19, 2017
2. def. Magno Alves at EFC 71 on June 23, 2018
3. def. Gary Joshua at EFC 75 on November 03, 2018

-   JP Buys
def. Baldwin Mdlalose for interim title
EFC 54
Sun City, South Africa
October 15, 2016
2   Jake Hadley EFC 78
Cape Town, South Africa
April 13, 2019
Title was vacated on September 27, 2019 when Hadley signed with the Bellator MMA.

Women's Flyweight World ChampionshipEdit

116 pounds (53 kg) to 125 pounds (57 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Amanda Lino
def. Jaqauline Trosee
EFC 60
Durban, South Africa
June 10, 2017

1. def. Rizlen Zouak at EFC 70 on May 26, 2018

2   Manon Fiorot EFC 83
Pretoria, South Africa
December 14, 2019
Title was vacated on January 20, 2021 when Fiorot signed with the UFC.

Women's Strawweight World ChampionshipEdit

Under 115 pounds (52 kg)

No. Name Event Date Defenses
1   Chiara Penco
def. Danella Eliasov
EFC 67
Johannesburg, South Africa
March 10, 2018
2   Karolina Wójcik EFC 76
Pretoria, South Africa
December 08, 2018
Title was vacated on June 8, 2019 when Wójcik signed with Venator FC.

Notable athletes and alumniEdit

Other EFC athletes signed to the UFCEdit

  • Don Madge. Former 2 times EFC Lightweight champion[27] who was invited to compete in the UFC in 2018.[28][29] In his debut match at UFC Fight Night 138 he earned a "Performance of the night" bonus with a knockout via a head kick. To date he has competed in 2 UFC bouts - UFC Fight Night 138 and UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier. Madge was scheduled to face Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad on March 13, 2021 but had to withdraw from the event after being refused entry to the US due to Covid related restrictions placed on South Africans.[30]
  • Jared Vanderaa. Former EFC Heavyweight champion who was signed to the UFC in November 2020 after competing in the fourth season of Dana White's Contender Series. He was scheduled to fight Sergey Spivak at UFC 256 on December 12, 2020.[31] However, Vanderaa tested positive to Covid 19 and was therefore removed from the event.[32] The bout was re-scheduled for UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis on February 20, 2021. Vanderaa lost via TKO in the 2nd round.
  • JP Buys. Former EFC Flyweight and Bantamweight champion[33] who was invited to compete in UFC owner Dana White 's Tuesday Night Contender Series in August 2017[34] and again in the fourth season in November 2020. After beating his opponent in the final fight of the fourth season on November 17, 2020, Buys was signed to the UFC.[35] He is scheduled to make his UFC debut against Bruno Gustavo da Silva at UFC on ESPN: Brunson vs. Holland on March 20. 2021.
  • Manon Fiorot. Former EFC women's Lightweight champion and winner of the EFC's second season of the reality program - The Fighter. She was signed to the UFC in December 2020 and made her debut against Victoria Leonardo at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Magny on January 20, 2021. Fiorot won via TKO in the second round.
  • Nkazimulo Zulu. Former two times EFC Flyweight champion[36] and current EFC competitor who was invited in 2016 to compete in The Ultimate Fighter which was produced by the UFC and Fox Sports 1. Zulu competed on The Ultimate Fighter Season 24, Opening Round, Day 2.[37]

Reality showsEdit

The Fighter: Season 1Edit

EFC launched a reality TV show on October 14, 2017 called The Fighter.[38][39] Housed in a villa in Johannesburg, South Africa, 10 male MMA Middleweight prospects from around the world lived and trained together, as well as competed against one another for a multiple fight contract and a guaranteed EFC title fight. They were split into two teams each coached by an experienced EFC athlete. The Fighter was broadcast on global television in 10 one-hour episodes. It was concluded on December 16, 2017 at EFC 66 with The Fighter title bout taking place between the two finalists followed by a bout between the two coaches[40]

Season Date Weight class Winner Runner-up Source
The Fighter: Season 1 October 14, 2017 Middleweight Brendan Lesar Ibrahima Mane [41]

The Fighter: Season 2Edit

Following the success and positive reception to The Fighter: Season 1, EFC launched The Fighter: Season 2[42][43] on April 26, 2019. It followed the same format as Season 1 but with 10 female MMA Flyweight athletes from around the world instead. They were housed in Rosebank, South Africa, where they trained together and competed against one another in a quest to win a multiple fight contract and a guaranteed EFC title fight. As with Season 1, the competitors were split into two teams each coached by an experienced EFC athlete. Season 2 was also broadcast on global television in 10 one-hour episodes. It was concluded on June 29, 2019 at EFC 80 with The Fighter Season 2 title bout taking place between the two finalists followed by a bout between the two coaches.[44]

Season Date Weight class Winner Runner-up Source
The Fighter: Season 2 April 26, 2019 Flyweight Manon Fiorot Mellony Geugjes [45][46]

Subsidiary companiesEdit

EFC owns the following companies.

  • EFC Gym
  • EFC Performance Institute

Upcoming eventsEdit

Following EFC 84, EFC 85 was scheduled to take place on April 4, 2020 at Grand West Casino in Cape Town. However, in early March, the President of South Africa - Cyril Ramaphosa - restricted public gatherings to less than 100 people due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was then relocated to the much smaller venue of the EFC Performance Institute and was to take place in front of a small group of spectators while being broadcast on all usual channels.[47] On March 23, 2020, President Ramaphosa announced a nationwide 21 day level five lockdown prohibiting all such events among other restrictions from taking place until April 16, 2020.[48] The lockdown was extended until May 1 after which it was again extended with level four restrictions.[49] EFC 85 has been postponed until further notice.[50]

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