Extreme fighting history about to be made

England’s Yannick Bahati is looking to break South African hearts when he faces Dricus du Plessis at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena. Photograph by Anton Geyser

It may only be taking place on Saturday, August 19, but the excitement around “the biggest fight in EFC history” is sky-high.

For the first time in EFC history two champions from two different divisions are scheduled to collide.

At EFC 62 at Carnival City the middleweight champion, England’s Yannick Bahati, will face the EFC welterweight champion, South Africa’s Dricus du Plessis, for the EFC middleweight championship of the world.

Du Plessis first signed with EFC over four years ago.

He was just a youngster, but he had his eyes firmly set on claiming gold as the youngest in history. Immediately, with his gutsy performances, he started making waves in the organisation.

On the way to the top, he amassed a 4-0 record that earned him a middleweight title shot against Garreth McLellan.

Many said it was too soon for the young Pretoria powerhouse and many were correct.

He lost his first and only fight against the soon-to-be UFC athlete.

It was a career-defining moment for du Plessis, and one that saw him get better and grow from strength to strength.

Since then he has gone on to capture the welterweight title and has defended it, and finished all opposition in his path.

Du Plessis now has his sights firmly set on becoming EFC’s first two-division champion, but with that he has found the formidable Englishman standing in his way.

Since his last fight in EFC, the British behemoth, Yannick Bahati has claimed the BAMMA middleweight world title and is dead set on defending both.

It is no secret that these two elite athletes hold little but disdain for each other.

They have often had verbal jousts over social media and at press conferences and have nearly come to blows backstage at past events.

Two of the greatest athletes are going head to head in what could be the biggest match-up in the organisation’s history.

Visit www.efcworldwide.com for more information.

Logan Green
Sports reporter

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