Van Staden’s handlers demand rematch
– The Extreme Fighting Championship lightweight championship changed hands in a spectacular five-round war at EFC72 on Saturday night, when former champion Dave Mazany (right) of the US reclaimed the title defeating local favourite Martin van Staden on a split decision.
The bout was controversial, and the epitome of hard-fought and intelligent MMA. Van Staden possessed the striking advantage, with an incredible 16 knockouts to his name, while Mazany was tipped as the superior wrestler. The fight played out in precisely that way, fought on a knife edge.
The ruling was delivered 4945 Mazany, 46-48 Van Staden, and 49-45 Mazany, unleashing a torrent of boos. The bout was extraordinarily close, and ultimately Mazany was given the nod through his superior control, but the decision fanned the controversy.
At the post event press conference Van Staden was understandably upset, and EFC president Cairo Howarth confirmed his camp’s intention to book a rematch as soon as possible.
In the co-main event, former EFC light heavyweight champion Gideon Drotschie made his long-awaited return, now in the middleweight division. He beat Jenaid Ebanks of the United Kingdom via a unanimous decision in what was the event’s fight of the night. – Own Correspondent