After a year’s absence from the golden coastal city, EFC Worldwide makes its Durban return for a landmark 60th event. For the first time the southern hemisphere’s biggest MMA organisation settles at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom for EFC60.
There the inaugural EFC women’s flyweight championship will be fought between Durban’s Amanda Lino and Pretoria’s Jacqualine Trosee at EFC60. Co-headlining is the trilogy battle between African MMA legends Martin Van Staden and Leon Mynhardt, along with ten other mammoth fights.
The women’s flyweight title is steeped in controversy. First scheduled between Lino and Johannesburg’s Shana Power last year, tragedy struck when Power was ruled medically unfit to compete, leaving Lino without an opponent.
Tasked to prove her right to sit at the top of the female rankings, Power made her return to the Hexagon at the final event of 2016, this time facing Trosee. Undefeated, Power was a massive favourite, her dominance taking on extra weight because Trosee had been beaten by Lino previously, in a sensational 10 second knockout.
But Trosee had undergone a metamorphosis. Over three gruelling rounds she lived up to her ‘Demolition’ moniker, smashing Power all over the Hexagon to take a unanimous victory.
Trosee is now propelled into title contention, and given the chance to redeem that flash knockout early in her career. She wants vengeance, this time with the EFC women’s flyweight title at stake.
“I expected Jacqui to beat Shana, even though I would have liked to fight her myself,” said Lino. “I know Jacqui will bring her best and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I don’t want to face the Jacqui of old. I want to face the woman that beat Shana so I know when I win, I have beaten the best. I couldn’t be happier fighting in Durban for the title,” Lino continued. “It’s my home town, I’ll have a lot of support. Having family and friends share this historical moment with me is very important.”
“You might have knocked me down before, but I promise it won’t happen again,” Trosee responded.