Jakobi became EFC Africa's welterweight champion and earned
revenge on titleholder Adam
Speechly in the headliner of
EFC Africa 10 Thursday at Carnival City Casino and
Entertainment World in Brakpan, South Africa.
Speechly choked out Jakobi with a triangle in the first round of
their December 2009 meeting in Durban. Their second fight did not
start in Jakobi's favor either, as the challenger was floored by a
left hand from Speechly. However, by the end of the period, the
Durban native was in full mount landing big blows to Speechly's
Round two was a mirror image of the first period in reverse, as it
was Jakobi hitting the big strike early, a right high kick that
rattled his foe, but by the end Speechly had established top
The seesaw battle continued in the following rounds with more
ground-and-pound from Jakobi who utilized elbow strikes to their
fullest extent punishing Speechly to the ribs as well as the head.
Speechly, however, was an arm's twist away from securing a triangle
at the end of round three that otherwise was locked in quite
Speechly turned it up in the final minutes with two takedowns, but
it was too little too late, as Jakobi took scores of 48-45, 48-46
and 48-47, and the EFC Africa crown.
"A lot of submissions were on but I managed to pull through."
commented the relieved new champion. "A hell of a fight, I've
Angola's finest MMA moment since the heyday of Joao Roque came
courtesy of 22-year old Demarte
Pena who took a unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-45) over
Gloss to became EFC Africa's inaugural featherweight
The fight itself was much closer than the scores would indicate.
The story of the bout was Pena managing to get takedowns despite a
rapidly emptying gas tank and Gloss failing to defend the shots or
pull the trigger standing.
Pena was exhausted after 10 minutes, and began the championship
rounds literally with his hands on his hips. However, thanks to
Gloss's passive approach, he kept securing takedowns. Gloss was
also docked a point in round four, when he kicked Pena in the face
while he was on the floor.
The 36-year old South African had one last gasp in the fifth with
strikes that had the young Angolan reeling. However, he couldn't
capitalize, and wound up dropping the unanimous verdict.
Swanepoel wisely decided to take down dangerous striker
Mynhardt at every opportunity. The second time was the charm as
after catching Mynhardt's kick,Swanepoel got back mount and locked
up the fight-ending rear-naked choke, ending the bout at 2:34 of
the first frame.
In one of the few fights to see the second round, Martin vas Staden
Kabulu for almost 10 full minutes. Once van Staden swept Kabulu
from the bottom in the second round, the fight belonged to the
South African as he brutalized Kabulu with accurate elbow strikes
and finally landed enough of them to halt the welterweight contest
with 18 ticks left in round two.
After seeing his brother Jacques win earlier on the card, light
Joubert blitzed Jeremy
Scheepers in the clinch. With the fighters up close, a series
of hockey-esque right uppercuts sealed the deal for Joubert at the
Following a prefight exchange of words, middleweights Tyron
Rightford and Paul
Terblanche let their fists fly from the start. Rightford closed
the distance and rocked his foe with a jumping knee and a right
uppercut that doubled him over, prompting referee Wikus Swart to
halt the bout just 44 seconds into it.
One-time Pride veteran Jadyson
Costa picked up his maiden win on African soil, submitting
Henderson. The aggressive Brazilian almost snatched up an
armbar but eventually the winning hold turned out to be a kimura at
3:15 of the first round.
Cape Town's Mawande
Vapi came out aggresive against Jacques
Joubert and shockingly knocked him down with a one-two
combination. However, Joubert composed himself, and the hard-luck
Vapi gave up his back and was subsequently tapped out by a
rear-naked choke in under two minutes for the fourth time in five
months at 1:50 of the first round.
Though Armand de
Bruyn tripped on a camera wire when walking to the cage, he had
better luck in the actual fight tipping Keith
Theologo over during a leg kick, snatching back control and
sinking the rear-naked choke at 2:51 in the opening period.
25-year old Wesley
Hawkey picked up his first win in the promotion after sneaking
in a guillotine on Jean-Luc
Kazadi in 1:58 of the first round.
Opperman added a fifth win to his streak submitting Daniel
Sinclair with a triangle at 3:14 of their middleweight
The opening fight of the night saw featherweight Abdul Hassan
take a unanimous decision over Francois