Kabesa bulldozed Murrie in the EFC 74 main event

EFC Worldwide 74 Results & Clips: Igeu Kabesa defends his EFC featherweight belt

Johannesburg, South Africa – The featherweight belt was on the line at EFC Worldwide 74 when two-time champ Igeu Kabesa threw down in a five-round main event tilt versus Scottish submission ace Calum Murrie. Check out results & clips from that battle plus undercard action featuring Invicta vet Cheyanne Vlismas plus EFC regulars Conrad Seabi & Sylvester Chipfumbu.

 

EFC 74 Featherweight Title Bout:

Igeu Kabesa (11-1, EFC champ, #154 World)

Unanimous Decicion, 5 rounds

Calum Murrie (4-2, #423 World)

 

Clinch, bully, repeat was the name of the game for defending featherweight champ Igeu Kabesa at EFC 74.  “Smiley” owned a massive strength edge but had no interest in engaging with Scottish grappler Calum Murrie on the mat.  Instead, the champ spent the bulk of rounds 1 & 2 pushing his man into the fence.  Kabesa occasionally snuck in short knees and punches, and even scored an impressive hip toss at the end of round 2.  With the takedown unavailable, onetime ACB winner Murrie tried to pull guard throughout the fight but never managed to make any progress; his only other means for getting off the cage were a pair of low blows in round 2 and a periodic referee separations.  Kabesa finally opened up a bit with his hands in rounds 3 through 5, adding in some nice body kicks on occasion. But whenever he felt return fire coming his way, the champ ducked back into his close-range comfort zone and re-embraced the grind. It wasn’t spectacular but it certainly was dominant – tally up career title defense #2 for Igeu Kabesa, who showed off the kind of physical tools that can create problems for most adversaries in the global 170 pound ranks.

 

 

EFC 74 Main Card:

170: Conrad Seabi (6-4, #14 S.Africa)  TKO3  Max Merten (1-3)

Aggressively monikered “German Tank” Max Merten brought an incredibly built physique to the EFC cage but didn’t show the speed or technique to match his menace. Home favorite Conrad Seabi wasn’t fazed by the optics, as he used superior striking to control the cage and push Merten backward throughout. The German was plenty tough, but eventually a snappy overhand right put Merten on the ground where Seabi finished with timely left hand punches. That’s 5 wins in his last 6 fights for 39 year old Pretoria resident Conrad Seabi, with 3 of those victories coming via TKO.

 

 

135: Sylvester Chipfumbu (5-1, #4 S.Africa M125)  Sub3  Tumisang Madiba (7-6, #11 S.Africa)

After falling to TUF tourney of champions alum Nkazimulo Zulu in a flyweight title bout at EFC 62, Sylvester Chipfumbu took 14 months off to rest up and add 10 pounds to his lanky 5’10” frame. The Cape Town native looked rejuvenated here versus fellow career-long EFC fighter Tumisang Mdaba, who didn’t have the wrestling or jiu-jitsu game to give Chipfumbu trouble. “The Gladiator” wore his man down for two rounds before taking the back early in the third and squeezing out his first career submission win.

 

 

W115: Cheyanne Vlismas (2-1, #147 World)  SD3  Karol Wojcik (0-1)

After cutting her teeth in Invicta and LFA, Vegas resident Cheyanne Vlismas took her talents overseas for this exciting back-and-forth scrap with debuting Karol Wojcik. On the feet both women were confident and aggressive, with fists flying and damage adding up on both sides. Vlismas did well controlling the clinch in round 1, which gave her the early lead on the scorecards, and whenever Wojcik got on top the American did a nice job of threatening submissions. That gameplan ultimately allowed Vlismas to eke out an entertaining split decision win after 15 minutes of solid action.

 

 

145: Pierre Botha (9-7-1, #16 S.Africa) UD3  Nerick Simoes (2-2)

Johannesburg native and EFC lifer Botha made good on his 17th appearance in the promotion with a dominant performance over Angola’s Simoes.  Botha’s technical wrestling won out over his more athletic opponent, who couldn’t muster much beyond a round 2 armbar try that Botha slammed his way out of.

 

 

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