Reigning Ruff 135-pound champion Irshaad Sayed has had his contract with the Chinese organization cancelled by mutual consent and has signed with EFC in his native South Africa. The 24-year-old will make his promotional debut on March 27 against Leo Gloss.
Sayed (6-2) is a former Muay Thai world champion who moved to Thailand as a teenager and is currently fighting out of Evolve MMA in Singapore. He has spent his entire MMA career competing in Asia and will be stepping inside the cage in his homeland for the first time at EFC 28.
Born and raised in Cape Town, he sprung to prominence in 2013 by winning the inaugural RUFF 135-pound title. Sayed will be looking to win a second belt with EFC and his first opponent will be the experienced Gloss (8-5-1), who has been fighting for the promotion since its inaugural show.
Although he only put pen to paper on an EFC contract this week, Sayed confirmed he was already looking to win the belt.
“I’m really proud to be an EFC AFRICA athlete. I’m very excited to fight in my home country again and when I join any promotion my goal is always to be the champion,” he said.
The reigning EFC 135-pound champion is Nkazimulo Zulu (5-1), but Sayed will be well aware that 145-pound champion Demarte Pena (8-0) recently dropped down a division and some big fights await the South African if he can get past Gloss.
EFC 28 will take place at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg on March 27 and the entire event will be available to view online from efcafrica.tv.
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