After 7 years away from the Hexagon, Mark Hulme took the belt away from the formerly dominant and undefeated incumbent Ziko Makengele in spectacular fashion with a first round submission. Showing crisp kickboxing to keep his foe circling on the outside, the CIT standout hit a takedown and went to work inside his grappling wheelhouse in devastating fashion by matching Makengele’s brute strength and controlling the grappling. Hulme mixed up the ground and pound before taking the neck in sitting side-control, then taking the back and re-adjusting his grip to sink in the rear-naked choke deeper into his opponent’s throat to take the tap. In his post-fight interview, when asked about his next step and possible challengers, Hulme immediately called out to Las Vegas for a UFC contract to join his teammates. Makengele was humble and pragmatic in defeat and vowed to learn from his loss and return stronger than ever before.
The co-main event witnessed Hulme’s teammate, JC Lamprecht, answer the bell like a man possessed, chasing his opponent, Khulekani Hlongwa down, with a raw combination of speed and power rarely seen in the 205lb division. Once his shock and awe offence resulted in an emphatic takedown, Lamprecht took mount to rain down a hellacious barrage of elbows and hooks which forced the Durbanite to tap.
Johannesburg’s Shannon van Tonder reminded the world of his outstanding natural ability by making quick work of the highly experienced Ashley Calvert, with a lightning-quick guillotine off his back in the first round and proceeded to call for a rematch with BIA’s Musa Sethwape to overturn the only loss on his highly impressive resumé.
The fourth first-round finish of the five main card bouts, came courtesy of the heavyweights as fan-favourite Vandam Mbuyi forced the referee’s stoppage by finishing the dangerous Ivan Strydom on the canvas with a series of power punches to the ribcage, to which the Gqeberha behemoth had no answer.
Nigeria’s Juliet Ukah continued undefeated as she put on a superb display of pugilism against South Africa’s Crystal Van Wyk, utilising her jab and precise powerful combinations against her forward-footed foe. Despite showing the scars of war, Van Wyk refused to be cowed yet was continuously outpointed by the police officer from Lagos who took the judge’s unanimous decision. Ukah immediately called for a title shot against the strawweight champion, Alice Ardelean in what would undoubtedly be a mouthwatering clash.
EFC returns on the 11th of May when the interim middleweight title will be decided between the destructive JP Kruger and battle-hardened Conrad Seabi.
Below are the full results and performance bonuses.
OFFICIAL EFC 102 RESULTS:
WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT
Mark Hulme def Ziko Makengele via Tap Out due Rear Naked Choke – Round 1 (3.51)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT
JC Lamprecht def Khulekani Hlongwa via Tap Out due to Strikes – Round 1 (4.27)
Shannon van Tonder def Ashley Calvert via Tap Out due to Guillotine Choke – Round 1 (0.45)
Vandam Mbuyi def Ivan Strydom via TKO due to Strikes – Round 1 (2.50)
Juliet Ukah def Crystal van Wyk via Unanimous Decision (30/26 – 30/26 – 30/27)
Peace Nguphane def Given Majuba via TKO due to Strikes – Round 1 (3.23)
Emmanuel Sita def David Mambo via Disqualification Illegal Move – Round 1 (3.11)
Osvaldo Benedito def Robert Swanepoel via TKO due to Strikes– Round 1 (4.15)
Luke Hendrikz def Christian Mulamba via Unanimous Decision (30/27 – 30/27 – 29/28)
Vincent Nakana def Gracia Ngoyi via Tap Out due to verbal submission – Round 3 (0:00)
Fight of the Night:
Luke Hendrikz and Christian Mulamba