Fighter Bio: Get to Know EFC Champion Igeu Kabesa

EFC Igeu Kabesa
Credit: EFC Facebook

Igeu Kabesa is 12-1 African standout from the EFC promotion, and we got to know him a bit more.

Biographical Information:

  • Nickname: Smiley
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Reach: 72.8″
  • Weight Class: Featherweight
  • Record: 12-1
  • Win Streak: 4
  • Method: 5 KO/TKO, 2 Submissions
  • Fight Fit Militia
  • Currently Living in Germiston, South Africa
  • Management: Free Agent

List of Accomplishments:

2x EFC Featherweight Champion

Current EFC Featherweight Champ

19 National Colors in Wrestling

22× National Wrestling Champion

Amateur African Fight League Featherweight Champion

Assistant Coach on The Fighter Season 2

  • What do you like to do outside of fighting?
    Spend time with my wife and kid doing whatever we feel like doing.
  • Favorite striking and grappling technique?
    I don’t really have a favorite, I work on lots of new things and I try a lot of new things so it’s hard to answer which is.
  • Any MMA fighters that inspired you?
    Well, Demarte Pena is one and uhh the rest I just liked but not really inspired me.
  • Favorite current fighter?
    I’m my own favorite fighter
  • Lion King or Toy Story? 
    Lion King.
  • PlayStation or Xbox? 
  • Skittles or M&M’s? 
  • Favorite song? 
    Idols Become Rivals by Rick Ross ft Chris Brown.
  • Favorite TV show? 
  • Favorite Movie?
    Must be all Marvel and DC movies.
  • Cats or dogs?

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Igeu Kabesa now lives in Germiston with his wife and kid. At a young age, Kabesa started in wrestling, joining a wrestling school at the age of eight. Kabesa saw MMA on TV and with his love of competition and trying new things he joined a gym and started his amateur career.

After going 10-0 as an amateur, Igeu Kabesa made his pro debut in November of 2013. Starting his pro career at lightweight, he went 6-0. In his seventh fight, he got the chance to earn the EFC title in the featherweight division. That he did with a unanimous decision win over Danny Henry. Two fights later, he rematched Henry, this time getting caught by a D’Arce losing for the first and only time of his career. After that, Henry was signed to the UFC and is 2-1 for the promotion. Since that setback, Kabesa regained the EFC featherweight title and has defended it twice. He’s only fought in South Africa for the EFC promotion but has staked his claim as one of the best pound-for-pound South African fighters in the world.

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