Byo Bomber im­presses UFC or­gan­is­ers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

SOUTH Africa-based Zim­bab­wean heavy­weight cage fighter Elvis Moyo’s ex­ploits at Ex­treme Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship (EFC) com­pe­ti­tions have at­tracted or­gan­is­ers of the more lu­cra­tive Ul­ti­mate Fight­ing Cham­pi­onship (UFC).

Moyo, who lost last month’s EFC heavy­weight ti­tle fight to South African Andrew van Zyl said agents from the United States-based UFC have been in touch with his camp and he is likely to trade leather in the US in 2017.

Bet­ter known as the Bulawayo Bomber, Moyo said fight­ing at the UFC would be a dream come true and he had al­ready started train­ing to keep him­self fit, while wait­ing for his team to con­clude ne­go­ti­a­tions for the po­ten­tial Amer­i­can bill.

“At EFC (which has head­quar­ters in South Africa) the purse is not that big, but when I fight at the UFC, I’m told the least I can fetch is about $30 000, which is about 10 times what I get for an EFC bill,” said Moyo.

“I’m keep­ing my fin­gers crossed and hop­ing that my team man­ages to seal this UFC deal. It seems the guys from UFC have been fol­low­ing me and they’re im­pressed with my style.

“I’ve been told I need at least two more EFC fights or one box­ing bill against a tough op­po­nent to con­vince them. I’m itch­ing for a fight be­fore the end of the year to en­hance my chances of a life-chang­ing fight at the UFC,” Moyo said.

He lost to van Zyl through a tech­ni­cal knock­out in the fourth minute of the last round after the South African man­aged to mount Moyo, and from that po­si­tion he was able to land some killer blows with his el­bows, draw­ing blood from Moyo.

Moyo had looked set to win­ning that ti­tle bout hav­ing been able to land heavy punches ear­lier on his op­po­nent, who was wait­ing for his chance for the take­down at Sun City, Rusten­burg, South Africa.

Moyo now has 11 EFC matches un­der his name, win­ning seven and los­ing four.

Moyo’s vic­to­ries were against Sors “Guru” Grobbe­laar in his de­but cage fight in March 2014, Wil­helm “Tiny” Strauss in Au­gust and Di­dier-Kilola in Novem­ber of the same year. He also beat Lance Cere­nio last year in Fe­bru­ary and also handed Van­dam Mbuyi a de­feat in De­cem­ber.

The Bulawayo Bomber ex­ploded on Ricky Misholas in June and Au­gust this year be­fore he beat Ja­panese mixed mar­tial arts vet­eran Kiyoshi Tamura in the fourth round in a fight staged in Tokyo.

The Bulawayo Bomber lost twice in 2014 to Bren­don Groen­wald and van Zyl. His third loss was last year in June when he was knocked out by Poland’s To­masz “Kredka” Kowalkowski after just 37 sec­onds.

Moyo’s last loss was to van Zyl last month. — @ZililoR

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