At EFC 95 in July of this year, Igeu Kabesa captured the vacant EFC Featherweight champion in emphatic fashion against Nerik Simoes. With that victory, Kabesa made history by becoming the promotion’s first ever three-time champion. Now, just four months since being crowned the King of the Featherweights once more, ‘Smiley’ Kabesa has his first challenger.
EFC Featherweight Champion Igeu 'Smiley' Kabesa will defend his strap at EFC 99 against the undefeated Bradley 'The Nightmare' Swanepoel. 🔥
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The first challenger in Kabesa’s third reign will come in the form of Bradley ‘The Nightmare’ Swanepoel. Being one half of the Swanepoel brothers looking to grow their name in the African MMA industry, Bradley is on an impressive 5-fight winning streak. With a career beginning in late 2019, Swanepoel has fought fellow contenders in the promotion’s featherweight division only having gone to the judges’ scorecards in one of those five bouts. Now, he looks to claim the 145lb gold and place him atop the division.
Kabesa has a career that began in 2013 and, since then, has amassed an astounding 14-2-0 record. With many believing that ‘Smiley’ should already be in the UFC, Kabesa awaits that call from the biggest MMA promotion and looks to continue dominating on the African continent whilst he does so. His first challenge will be a seemingly unstoppable young challenger who is yet to taste defeat.
The Igeu Kabesa versus Bradley Swanepoel fight for the EFC Featherweight Championship will serve as the November event main event.
Another fight for the EFC 99 card was confirmed to be a lightweight bout between Robert Simbowe and Tapiwa Katikati. Simbowe was successful in his last outing and hopes to carry that momentum into this fight, so as to climb the divisional rankings. Katikati is undefeated in his career and looks to keep a clean record against Simbowe.
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EFC 99 takes place on Thursday, November 3rd.
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