Entire South Africa is eagerly waiting to see the clash between Dricus Du Plessis and Brendan Lesar, which will decide who is the middleweight champion of the Extreme Fighting Championship. EFC 83 is one of the biggest in the past few years, and the hype surrounding this event is massive. But it wouldn’t be like that if it weren’t for two superb fighters whose previous performances promise an excellent show this Saturday at the Time Square Menlyn in Pretoria.


Du Plessis (MMA 13-2-0) is the rising star with the potential to become the best ever MMA fighter out of South Africa. With 25-years of age, he already made a name on the international stage, even becoming the international welterweight champion of the Polish KSW organization. Regarding the EFC, Du Plessis was the welterweight champ, but is current middleweight title-holder, with the aspiration to continue his domination in this organization. He is coming off a win at KSW 50 in London this September, where he knocked out Joilton Santos. Du Plessis has a perfect built for an MMA fighter, long reach, strong legs, everything in order to go worldwide. His main strengths are excellent wrestling and mental strength, and also his fitness is at the highest possible level. All of his 13 victories ended before the projected end, and 8 of them were via submission. When “Stillknocks” gets you into his rhythm and starts to work at his usual pace, there is simply no way to get out of that machine.

Meanwhile, Brendan Lesar (MMA 3-0-0) is the hottest thing that happened to the EFC recently and threatens the become the meteor, which could destroy the landscape of this organization as we know it. In just three fights, he reached the belt of the interim middleweight champion, and he did it shockingly. Back at EFC 80, Lesar knocked out the former middleweight champion and the former UFC member, Garreth “Soldierboy,” McLellan already in the first round. After defeating one of the legends of the South African MMA, his popularity skyrocketed. The “Descendant” is a very tough opponent who is very tough to beat, as he has tremendous chin and one hell of stamina. Various experts are saying that it is his most significant advantage over all other rivals. And there is one more thing. Unlike his opponent in this one, Lesar’s style of fight is still not very well scouted, and he may have new tricks up his sleeve.


One thing is sure here; this is going to be a fun fight to watch. Both fighters will have to give everything because the stake is just too great. Du Plessis needs to stop the fired-up opponent and preserve his status if he wants to progress in the MMA world. Meanwhile, this is a chance of a lifetime for Lesar, who knows that if he fails to use it now, it is very likely that he isn’t going to have a similar one anytime soon. Possibly until the rest of his career. Odds at BetXChange are indicating a massive advantage to Du Plessis, whose win sits at 0.40. We, too, have to give an edge to the younger fella, who, although has fewer years, possesses more experience in situations like these. Also, if you like to bet on the duration of the fight, be sure that this one isn’t going to finish fast. You oughta try your luck in that area too.

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