EFC 99 is almost here, and the event was set to witness two champions defending their titles at the event but, following an announcement by the promotion, the event will go on to just have one title fight.
The November 3rd event will be headlined by EFC Featherweight Champion Igeu Kabesa defending his title against Bradley Swanepoel. Preceding that bout was supposed to be Nicholas Hwende, who would put his Bantamweight gold on the line against Nkazimulo ‘Zulu boy’ Zulu. Hwende captured the 135lb gold at EFC 96 (August 2022) against Gian Souza, following his short-notice replacement step-in. Souza was initially meant to face Zulu in a rematch, following their first clash ending in a draw at EFC Fight Night 2 (May 2022) but, following an injury sustained by latter, Hwende was called upon to step in.
As EFC 96 fight week began, the put-together bout between Gian Souza and Nicholas Hwende had the ante upped with the vacant Bantamweight championship being on the line. Hwende successfully captured the gold in dominant fashion and, following the surgery and rehab of the broken hand sustained in the championship fight, the 135lb king was ready to take on any challenger. Hwende’s first challenge would come at EFC 99 and would be in the form of Zulu, who would look to place himself in the position he believes he was meant to be.
CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT CONFIRMED 👊
Two of the most exciting athletes to ever enter the hexagon are set to face one another, as Nkazimulo Zulu challenges Nicholas Hwende for the EFC Bantamweight title! 🤯#EFC99 pic.twitter.com/LLhBWHzR8J
— EFC Worldwide (@EFCworldwide) September 28, 2022
With just about a week to go until the event, the promotion announced that the highly-anticipated championship fight between Hwende and Zulu would be pushed back to the EFC 100 card. It seems that, in his fight camp training, Zulu might have had some unresolved injuries aggravated.
Hwende vs Zulu for the EFC Bantamweight Championship pushed to EFC 100.
Nkazimulo Zulu needs time to sort out an issue sustained in his fight against Gian Souza at EFC Fight Night 2.
This makes #EFC100 a 4 title fight card! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/rGg9wNsr6e
— EFC Worldwide (@EFCworldwide) October 27, 2022
Prior to the announcement of the fight being pushed back, Zulu had joined Team CIT in Pretoria – the home of Cameron Saaiman, who was the Bantamweight champion before getting a UFC contract and relinquishing the gold.
Hwende versus Zulu being moved to the EFC 100 card makes the December event a 4-title affair.
EFC 99 takes place on Thursday, November 3rd and EFC 100 takes place on Thursday, December 1st.
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