From EFC AFRICA:
EFC AFRICA Middleweight Championship
JEREMY SMITH vs. GARRETH MCLELLAN
EFC AFRICA Light Heavyweight Championship
NORMAN WESSELS vs. JP JOUBERT
TYRON RIGHTFORD vs. DARREN DANIEL
CHETT MEYER vs. DONAVIN HAWKEY
DINO BAGATTIN vs. MARTIN VAN STADEN
ARMAND DE BRUYN vs. TUMELO MAPHUTHA
NOLAN SWANEPOEL vs. DAVID BUIRSKI
RAYMOND AHANA vs. JASON CULVERWELL
BOYD ALLEN vs. ALAIN ILUNGA
Johannesburg (South Africa) – Experienced welterweight Nolan Swanepoel will take on rising newcomer David Buirski at EFC AFRICA 15. Swanepoel has had mixed fortune at EFC AFRICA but has fought top competition and emerged with more wins than losses as well as a loyal fan base. Initially, he was scheduled to face Neil Diesel at EFC AFRICA 15. The bout was discussed and agreed to, but when it came time to sign contracts Diesel did not get back to EFC AFRICA for two weeks. To ensure that Swanepoel would still face top competition, up-and-coming Muay Thai striker David Buirski was offered the bout and jumped at the chance.
According to Swanepoel, the bout with Buirski will be a case of enthusiasm and stamina against experience and skill.
"David is a newcomer to EFC AFRICA but I’ve watched him as an amateur and as a pro outside of EFC. I’d say I have a fairly clear skill advantage and more pro experience, but David is a cardio machine. Unlike me, he holds back in his fights to maintain a high cardio level throughout the bout. David is good, but I feel that my technical ability and experience will show on the night and lead me to the win."
In Swanepoel’s last bout, at EFC AFRICA 11 in November 2011, he took on Martin van Staden and suffered a TKO loss in round 2.
"The loss didn’t affect me too much. As with all my losses, I don’t feel bad about losing and there were positives to take away from the fight. I felt that I was dominating Martin until I gassed in the second round. There was nothing wrong with my preparation or eating, I just gave all I had in round one. When I stood up for the second round I felt dehydrated and tired, so that taught me a lesson in composure and pacing that I’ll be bringing to EFC 15. In the past, I always put in 120 percent from the start, but now I realise that 100 percent is good enough."
To prepare for his return to the EFC AFRICA hexagon, Swanepoel has put coaching on hold in order to focus on his own combat skills, and shuffled his business responsibilities to allow enough time for MMA.
"Life’s been pretty hectic over the last few months. I started my own business which deals with construction, site clearing, levelling, landscaping and more, so that’s kept me busy. When I signed to fight at EFC 15 my business partners took over most of my duties so that I could focus on my preparation. I’ve also joined Gorilla Warfare to train with great guys like middleweight champ Jeremy Smith, Andrew van Zyl and Denzil Wait, so I know I’ll be at my best."
EFC AFRICA 15, presented by MusclePharm, takes place at the Carnival City Big Top Arena on 27 July. Tickets on sale at Computicketwww.computicket.com and tickets for the live broadcast to Nu Metro Cinemas available at www.numetro.co.za. The three main card bouts will be broadcast live across Africa on e.tv, starting at 22h30 CAT. Full event streamed live online and more information available at efcafrica.com
About EFC AFRICA™ – The Extreme Fighting Championship™:
Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC AFRICA™ now produces 8 live Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events annually, all hosted on the African continent. With over 100 athletes exclusively signed to the promotion from across the continent (from Angola, DRC, Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa and more), EFC AFRICA is the biggest MMA promotion and showcases the toughest athletes on the continent.
EFC AFRICA™ events are broadcast live in 49 countries on e.tv, Africa's largest English TV channel, to millions of viewers across the continent. Furthermore, EFC AFRICA™ programming is broadcast across the African continent on FX, part of the Fox International Channels network. 2 back-to-back hour long episodes featuring bouts from past EFC AFRICA events air every Friday night on FX, which is available in South Africa on TopTV. As well as the live internet broadcast on EFCAFRICA.com watched by viewers around the world, the events are also broadcast live to Nu Metro cinemas across South Africa giving thousands of additional MMA fans a larger than life event experience.
EFC AFRICA™ also boasts a powerful international presence with bouts and promo videos from the latest events being covered heavily by local and top international MMA and mainstream sports, entertainment and news media. EFCAFRICA.com, the official website, receives unprecedented unique visitor numbers for an African sports organization and EFC AFRICA also has a massive and rapidly growing Twitter and Facebook following, proving once again that EFC AFRICA is the fastest growing sports brand in Africa.