Sun City’s Sun Park is the battleground for EFC 73 on 8 September 2018 when the headline fight will be the welterweight battle between two of EFC’s top 77kg contenders – the undefeated DRC enigma, Gunther Kalunda and Brazilian title contender, Jose Da Rocha.
Reigning champion, Dricus du Plessis from nearby Hartbeespoort has declined the fight against both top contenders Kalunda and Da Rocha and it has been decided that the best course of action is to institute an interim title. Du Plessis is unable to compete on African soil due to his scheduled title defence at the European MMA promotion, KSW.
Sun City is the place where the dangerous Kalunda made his EFC debut and now, undefeated in both his amateur and professional MMA career, he is more ready than ever to win at this top entertainment destination again, becoming the crowned contender du Plessis will not be able to avoid once the full title fight rears its head. “Dricus is a good fighter but he probably didn’t accept to fight me, because a loss against me will bring him down, Kalunda says. Kalunda also said of his fight with Da Rocha that he is certain of a win and that he would make Africa proud.
Da Rocha however is a formidable force to be reckoned with, having made his debut under monumental conditions, facing champion Du Plessis for the title on just seven days’ notice. He did, however, suffer a debut loss in this challenge, but with full training camps behind him now, he has proved his pedigree with back-to-back victories in which he has destroyed opponents.
Da Rocha has made it clear that he has one goal in mind for this bout at Sun City, and that is the chance to avenge his short-notice loss against the champion. Should he succeed, his taking of the interim title will make his name one that Du Plessis will find impossible to ignore.
“I was expecting to fight for the real belt. I hope Dricus doesn’t run away after I win this one,” stated Da Rocha in a recent interview. He continued, “Right now, my focus is on Kalunda, so I have no immediate thoughts on Dricus. But with a win over Kalunda and the interim belt. I’d like to unify the belts by December.”
In addition to this epic championship fight, African heavyweight boxing champion, Zimbabwe’s Elvis Moyo, takes on MMA powerhouse Jared Vanderaa from the USA. That is not all. Another whopping 10 fights unfold at Sun City at EFC 73.
“We thrive on delivering a diversity of world class entertainment and experiences to our guests and know that EFC fans absolutely love watching these mega battles of the toughest unfold at Sun City,” says Thapelo Modise, Marketing Manager at Sun City.
Tickets to EFC are available through Computicket and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on Kwesé Free Sports 1 (Kenya & Rwanda), Kwese TV (Sub-Saharan Africa), SABC 3 (South Africa), Fight Sports (Where Available) and EFCworldwide.tv (Where available) starting at 21:30 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on efcworldwide.com. Prelim fights will be available for free on the official EFC Facebook page.