South Africa’s Luke Michael faces the DRC’s Rodrque Kena in their prelim card lightweight clash at carnival City on 4 November. Pic: EFC Worldwide

EFC 65 is set to thrill. With two contenders looking for redemption, South Africa’s Luke Michael faces the DRCs Rodrque Kena in a classic lightweight division tag on the prelim card at Carnival City on 4 November.

Two men in search of redemption are set to collide on the EFC 65 prelim card. South Africa’s Luke Michael faces the DRC’s Rodrque Kena in a classic lightweight match-up pitting grappler and striker.

There is not telling with the grappler and striker will do in the hexagon. Michael, a formidable grappler, is hard at work fixing the gaps in his game with clear intention to win.

DRC born and raised, Kena trains out of TapOut Academy, in Johannesburg. With a history of boxing, Kena has super sharp hands which he plans to unleash upon his opponent.

In a ranking collision on the prelim card, South Africa’s Sindile Manengela takes on and Zimbabwe’s Regis Muyambo, who are both in a mid-career resurgence. However, at EFC 65, only one fighter will move up in the featherweight division.

Since making the move to PESFA in Port Elizabeth, Manengela has seen phenomenal growth in all aspects of his MMA skills. Under the watchful eye of trainer Chris Bright, Manengela is now riding his first win streak after a rocky start to his EFC career.

Similarly, Muyambo has had a topsy-turvy career. Lately, he has found his form in the featherweight division. Living and training in Cape Town, at Silverback MMA he has perfected his boxing-wrestling style. Now with added size in a lighter division, he is expected to be more lethal.

A favourite of South African fans, Sibusiso Mdoko makes his return to the hex after a year-long hiatus facing Pierre Botha, also a prelim.

Mdoko last appeared in an EFC bout against Wesley Hawkey in lightweight bout, but after that loss he went back to the drawing board and has now reinvented himself in the lighter featherweight division. Fighting out of Silverback MMA in Cape Town, he is sure to fire up the crowd when he enters the Big Top arena in his unique and charismatic way.

His opponent, Botha, is a formidable one. A multiple national wrestling champion, he is eager to get back into action. Fans can expect massive takedowns and powerful strikes, hallmarks of Botha’s aggressive highlight reel style.

Prelim fights are ahead of the light heavyweight championship fight Champion Dalcha and Stuart Austin.