EFC 98 is officially two weeks away and, although the main event match-up between heavyweights Matunga Djikasa and Vandam Mbuyi is one of epic proportions, the rest of the card is stacked and could see major divisional changes within the promotion.
As per usual, the card features fighters that continue to forge their paths within the African MMA scene as well as those that will set foot inside the EFC hexagon for the first time. A late addition to the card will see British Boloyoang make his return to the hex, and he will be tasked with welcoming Khamzat Abaev, and that fight will serve as the feature prelim bout of the evening. Opening up the main card, Khulekani Hlongwa finds himself matched up against the returning Stefan Pretorius in a middleweight bout.
Moving up the card, Angola’s Aureo Cruz makes his pro debut against Amisi Kabeya, who looks to get a much-needed victory. Vince Bembe and Ashley ‘Padre’ Calvert will look to put the featherweight division in the spotlight. The co-main event of the evening will see Jaco du Plessis and Diego Bandu finally meet in the hex in a bout that could bring forth a middleweight title contender.
The main event will witness a new Heavyweight champion be crowned as Matunga Djikasa and Vandam Mbuyi clash for the vacant 265lb gold. This is a highly anticipated fight with the tension between the two being visible. With both fighters hailing from the DRC, it’s not just the gold on the line but also the status of being the African nation’s next champion. In just less than a week, it all goes down at EFC 98.
1 WEEK TO GO 💣
— EFC Worldwide (@EFCworldwide) September 29, 2022
EFC 98 Full Card
Matunga Djikasa vs. Vandam Mbuyi [Heavyweight Championship Fight]
Jaco du Plessis vs. Diego Bandu [Middleweight Fight]
Vince Bembe vs. Ashley Calvert [Featherweight Fight]
Aureo Cruz vs. Amisi Kabeya [Featherweight Fight]
Stefan Pretorius vs. Khulekani Hlongwa [Middleweight Fight]
British Boloyoang vs. Khamzat Abaev [Welterweight Fight]
Crystal van Wyk vs. Peris Githeka [Women’s Srawweight Fight]
Vuyo Jula vs. Mpumelelo Mngoma [Flyweight Fight]
TC Khusu vs. Katiso Matime [Bantamweight Fight]
Glody Kanzeko vs. Billy Nyembo [Lightweight Fight]
Christopher Matukane vs. Maurice Kabamba [Middleweight Fight]
Mischka Laubscher vs. Juliet Ukah [Women’s Flyweight Fight]
Angelo Foloti vs. Given Majuba [Welterweight Fight]
EFC 98 takes place on Thursday, October 6th. The prelims are set to begin at 2:30pm CAT/8:30am ET with the main card going live to broadcast at 7pm CAT/1pm ET.
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