The Star Early Edition
IN PREPARATION for his fight with EFC Light Heavyweight king Champion Dalcha, England’s Stuart ‘He-Man’ Austin seemed to be on top of things.
“I see holes in his (Dalcha’s) game, he is obviously very dangerous and powerful, but his skill set is limited,” said the Englishman.
On Saturday night at Extreme Fighting Championship 65, Austin’s words proved to be true ... especially the “dangerous and powerful” part.
Dalcha set social media and Carnival City alight with one of the most scintillating comebacks in the history of combat sport to once again declare his EFC domination and successfully defend his title.
In the first of their five-round championship bout, Austin, a smooth-talking operator known for predicting exactly how his match would go, earned respect and stirred up plenty of anxiety within the hearts of Dalcha fans, clasping and blocking Dalchas fist shots.
The 1.88m contender known as ‘He-Man’ used his reach advantage well against the Democractic Republic of Congo warrior to subdue any threat before mounting him.
For the rest of the first round it was the ‘He-Man’ show as he used his massive frame to position the EFC champion in an awkward spot before initiating a ground-and-pound.
The ‘Dalcha’ roars got louder in efforts to spur their man on, especially when Austin inflicted heavy blows his fists and elbows that would cut open the Cape Town-based fighter.
With less than 25 seconds to go, it seemed as if there would be a new Light Heavyweight champion as Austin hammered shots onto Dalcha.
But miraculously, Dalcha held up his defence and remained conscious until the first-round horn blew. The ‘Champion’ was in a bad state. Cue the craziest moment of the night ... Going into the second it was as if a new spirit entered Dalcha.
Barely one minute in, bruised and battered, Dalcha initiated a massive Judo takedown and gave the Englishman some of his own medicine, landing heavy blows on Austin’s face. Only this dosage seemed to be more potent.
With cuts to the face, the referee called the fight at 1:48 seconds after the contender dropped his defence for a moment.
“I think it should have been stopped in the first. I heard at least four warnings for him to defend himself,” said Austin of his first round domination. And many social media pundits shared the same sentiment.