The EFC Fight Night 1 performance bonuses have been released. The ever, which took place on October 9th at the EFC Performance Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, featured 9 bouts in total. Of that total, 6 of the fights had decisive finishes. Three of the fighters have received performance bonuses for putting on stellar performances.
First to get a performance bonus was Shannon van Tonder. The Johannesburg native put on an impressive showing at the event and managed to pick up the victory via submission (by way of Rear-Naked Choke) in the 2nd round. Van Tonder, with this win, extended his win streak to a total of 3.
Van Tonder’s opponent was the debuting Emmanuel Sita. The Congolese fighter put his Judo skillset on display but eventually succumbed to the Rear-Naked Choke. For a debut, Sita put on an incredible performance and it seems that he is ready to make his way back into the hexagon for more fights soon. He was the other recipient of the performance bonus.
The fighter that shocked fans of the EFC around the world was Julio “Shady” Plaatjies. At EFC 88, Plaatjies cinched in a Rear-Naked Choke on Teboho Ntene in the first round and that led to Plaatjies’ debut victory. Plaatjies, in the Fight Night 1 post-event press conference, mentioned that he would’ve liked the fight to go on for longer so that he could display his skillset, which includes effective striking, as well as being a technical grappler. In his fight against Wade Kerspuy, however, Plaatjies ended the fight a few minutes into the 1st round with a vicious uppercut. That KO victory earned Plaatjies the other performance bonus of the evening.
EFC now looks ahead to their EFC 90 event, which is currently set to have Sindile Manengela and Faeez Jacobs clash for the Bantamweight title. With South Africa recently moving to Level 1 with it’s Covid-19 regulations, the promotion will look to welcome back fans for live attendance at the event. The EFC 90 event is set to take place on November 6th.
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