EFC Worldwide

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EFC Worldwide (formerly known as Extreme Fighting Championship Africa) is a mixed martial arts promotion based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The promotion has held events in cities such as Johannesburg, Pretoria.[1][2][3][4]

EFC Africa 01 took place at The Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg on 12 November 2009 and is now viewing in 110 countries, including USA, Canada, The Caribbean and all over Europe. EFC Africa 19, which was held at Carnival City in Johannesburg on 19 April 2013, topped other African sports ratings with a record of over 1.8 million views with 31.3% of the total South African TV audience (SABC, e.tv and DStv combined). These are the biggest ratings in EFC history, topping EFC Africa 12's record of 1.6 million views and 25.9% audience share.[5]

Broadcast Partners

EFC Worldwide is broadcast live on e.tv exclusively in South Africa and Fight Network based out of Canada.[6][7][8][9]

In November 2012, EFC Worldwide signed a multi year multi event broadcast deal with MaxMan.TV (a major Malaysian TV network), this is the first for any MMA event within Malaysia.[10] In January 2015, EFC President Cairo Howarth announced the opening of the EFC Women's Flyweight Division.[11][12] The first EFC women's fight took place at EFC 37 on February 21 at Carnival City in Johannesburg. Johannesburg's own Danella Eliasov fought Hungary's Zita Varju. Eliasov won via TKO in round 1.[13][14]

List of EFC Champions

Weight Class Champion
Heavyweight Template:Flagicon Brendon Groenewald
Light Heavyweight Template:Flagicon Norman Wessels
Middleweight vacant
Welterweight Template:Flagicon David Buirski
Lightweight Template:Flagicon Leon Mynhardt
Featherweight Template:Flagicon Boyd Allen
Bantamweight Template:Flagicon Damarte Pena
Flyweight vacant
Women's Flyweight vacant

Notable alumni

References

  1. "EFC AFRICA CONTINUES TO RISE". Vice. http://fightland.vice.com/blog/efc-africa-continues-to-rise. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  2. "MMA warrior, Demarte Pena, still EFC Africa’s featherweight champ". Daily Maverick. http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/436259/EFC-Africa-coming-to-65000000-US-homes/http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2013-04-22-mma-warrior-demarte-pena-still-efc-africas-featherweight-champ. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  3. "EFC Africa Smashes TV Ratings; Already one of the most popular sports in Africa". Ad combat. http://adcombat.com/news/2012-03-15/efc-africa-smashes-tv-ratings-already-one-most-popular-sports-africa. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  4. "RISING POPULARITY OF MMA IN S.AFRICA". CNBC Africa. http://www.cnbcafrica.com/video/?bctid=3305415140001. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  5. "EFC Africa: Latest MMA Ratings Smash Other African Sports". http://www.efcafrica.com/news/2013/April/efc_africa_news_article_latest_mma_ratings.php. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  6. "e.tv grows EFC fan base". Screen Africa. http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/436259/EFC-Africa-coming-to-65000000-US-homes/. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  7. "EFC Africa coming to 65,000,000 US homes". Underground. http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/436259/EFC-Africa-coming-to-65000000-US-homes/. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  8. "EFC AFRICA sets TV records". News24. http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/EFC-AFRICA-smashes-TV-ratings-20120315. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  9. "Fight Network Signs TV Partnership with EFC Africa". Fight Network. http://fightnetwork.com/news/33346:fight-network-signs-tv-partnership-with-efc-africa/. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  10. "MaxMan.TV Signs Broadcast Deal for EFC AFRICA In Asia". Marketing. http://www.marketingmagazine.com.my/index.php/categories/media/163-media-watch-2012/8686-maxmantv-signs-broadcast-deal-for-efc-africa-in-asia. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  11. "Get to know Danella Eliasov". Supersport. http://www.supersport.com/mma/mma/news/150114/Get_to_know_Danella_Eliasov. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  12. "EFC Worldwide launches a women's division". Underground. http://www.mixedmartialarts.com/news/449606/EFC-Worldwide-launches-a-womens-division/. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  13. "EFC 37 delivers the goods". News24. http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/South-Africa/EFC-37-delivers-the-goods-20150222. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  14. "Danella Eliasov shows superiority in EFC". Jewish Report. http://www.sajr.co.za/news-and-articles/2015/02/25/danella-eliasov-shows-superiority-in-efc. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 
  15. "Welcome to the UFC, McLellan & Reneau". Bloody Elbow. http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/12/10/7370781/ufc-signs-south-african-middleweight-garreth-mclellan-womens-bantamweight-marion-reneau-wmma-news. Retrieved 2015-03-23. 

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