EFC 101 – fight season kicks off

The continent’s most-watched sports league starts its year with a jaw-dropping card of combat featuring two stunning title fights. British tabloid sensation Alice Ardelean returns to the City of Gold vying for the coveted women’s strawweight belt against Cape Town’s ferociously-determined Jessica Mouneimne to kick-off what promises to be a bumper year for women’s MMA in Africa.


The co-main event will witness Zimbabwe’s electrifying, defending 135lb champion, Nicholas Hwende, battling Potchefstroom’s enigmatic veteran Roevan de Beer, who is gifted a rare opportunity of a title shot courtesy of a late training injury suffered by the number one contender, Musa Sethwape. Ironically it was exactly this same scenario, stepping for a crocked Nkazimulo Zulu on late notice, that gave Hwende his own shot at glory and the one he seized spectacularly to make history.



Rounding off the main card, the featherweight firecracker from Secunda, Vince Bembe takes on Durban’s powerful first-round finisher Sizwe Mnikathi as the undefeated Nigerian prospect Juliet Ukah battles for contendership against Melkbostrand’s Muay Thai nightmare Crystal van Wyk after the awesome curtain-raiser in which Mamelodi’s ‘Top Dog’, Martin Gcinumkhondo hopes to derail Johannes Rudolph’s stunning winning streak. With a host of additional preliminary bouts preceding this superb main card, EFC is planting its flag on a year that will have momentous growth not just for African sports but for combat sports globally.


EFC 101 is the first of ten EFC events scheduled to take place this year and the 2nd of March is a date that fight fans across the globe simply can’t miss!


Bets can be placed on all EFC 101 bouts with proud partners to the EFC and leaders of the industry, World Sports Betting.




Jessica Mouneimne (RSA) vs. (ENG) Alice Ardelean [Women’s Strawweight Championship Fight]


Nicholas Hwende (ZIM) vs. (RSA) Roevan de Beer  [Bantamweight Championship Fight]


Vince Bembe vs. Sizwe Mnikathi [Featherweight Fight]


Crystal van Wyk vs. Juliet Ukah [Women’s Strawweight Fight]


Johannes Rudolph vs. Martin Gcinumkhondo [Flyweight Fight]




Shadrack Nsua vs. Mark Kamba [Middleweight Fight]


Shannon van Tonder vs. Tshepo Majuba [Featherweight Fight]


Kevin Pretorius vs. Elvis Ngwalangwala [Lightweight Fight]


Takunda Gorimbo vs. Nathaniel Komana [Bantamweight Fight]


Jesse Schaper vs. Mbiya Dieudonne Kalala [Bantamweight Fight]


Angelo Foloti vs. Elbert Steyn [Lightweight Fight]


Raymond Acutt vs. Zwelibanzi Ngema [Featherweight Fight]


Vince Nakana vs. Bheki Ngcobo [Bantamweight Fight]


Micky Cloete vs. Tyral Louw [Flyweight Fight]



EFC 101, Mouneimne vs Ardelean for the Women’s Strawweight Championship and Hwende vs Sethwape for the Bantamweight Championship, is presented by World Sports Betting and takes place on Thursday, 02 March 2023 live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa. 


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