EFC Africa 28 went down today in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the main event of the evening, EFC Middleweight champion Garreth McLellan attempts to defend his title against JP Kruger. Prior to the main event, Christophe Walravens took on Bernardo Mikixi in a Heavyweight tilt.
In one of the worst stoppages you will ever see, Walravens hurts Mikixi and lands several unanswered hammerfists to the side of Mikixi’s face. Mikixi first turtles up, then moves onto his back, still taking unnecessary punishment. Walravens literally stops punching Mikixi before the referee steps in to call the fight. It was an egregiously late stoppage, especially when you consider that Booto Guylain died at EFC Africa 27 just over a month ago.
Watch the stoppage in the GIF below (courtesy of @GrabakaHitman):
This stoppage comes a week after Chuck Wolfe’s horrible stoppage in the Bellator 113 prelim bout between Daniel Gallemore and Fredrick Brown.
For all the times MMA fans complain about early stoppages, each late stoppage reminds us that an early stoppage may be unfortunate, but certainly not as egregious. Referees must protect the fighters at all times.