4 things you might not know about EFC, now on Showmax

Did you know that you can watch EFC live on Showmax, as well as premium fights from seasons past? 

EFC fans will be thrilled that Showmax has added EFC to its sports line-up. Not only can viewers

live-stream matches, but you can go back and relive all the best fights, submissions and knockouts in the EFC Premium Fights on Showmax.

Not a fan of the mixed martial arts sport because you think “it’s all brainless brawling”? Think again! Here are four facts that will change your mind.

1. It’s an art

The fighters are throwing punches and kicks left, right and centre, but every move is precise. The fighters train for hours daily, studying martial arts and fighting forms that include karate, kung-fu, Jiu jitsu, tae kwon do and everything in-between. “If you throw random punches, you’ll open yourself to an attack,” explains former EFC champion Garreth “Soldierboy” McLellan. “We study our opponents intensely, watching videos of their fights, watching their fighting style. You have to know your opponent. Guessing and hoping for the best won’t work.”

2. Science plays a huge role in training

Whether the fighter is flyweight (under 57kg) or heavyweight (over 93kg), they use every bit of science and technology. Dieticians help with eating plans, making sure that they get the perfect balance of nutrients, carbs, proteins and everything else their bodies need – just because it’s morning doesn’t mean you need to eat cereal! The fighters are routinely drug tested to make sure that they’re not using banned substances (not just steroids, but even headache meds like Panado and aspirin contain chemicals considered performance-enhancing). They also videotape their own training to watch later and scrutinise weak spots in their own performance.

3. Preparation takes months

Just because the fighters train daily doesn’t mean that they’re fighting fit. There’s a difference between spending an hour doing push-ups, sit-ups and working on punching bags and actually being in the ring. “The only way to get fighting fit is to actually be fighting,” reveals ex-champ Andrew van Zyl. “When you come back from injury, the only way to get ready to perform again is by fighting as training. Not just once or twice. You need weeks. You don’t realise how draining those five 3-minute rounds are. By the time it’s over, you literally can’t lift your arms. Everything is instinct.”

4. It’s not just for guys

If you think that MMA is something for men only, you couldn’t be more wrong. More than half the audiences at the live events are women and girls, plus EFC promotes its female roster as much as it does its male line-up. “I love the release you get from being physical,” says EFC fighter Amanda Lino. “Most people don’t get to punch someone in the face every day, but as a fighter you get to release that stress in a controlled manner. I wanted to transfer negative energy into something useful and positive.”

Watch EFC Best of Series featuring Lin, Zouak, Mazany, Bright, Oosthuizen, Djikasa, Drotschie, Kayambala, Penco, Austin, Ridley and more.

Images courtesy of www.efcworldwide.com.

How to get Showmax

Did you know that if you’re a DStv subscriber, you pay even less (or nothing at all!) for Showmax? DStv Premium subscribers get Showmax for free while DStv Compact and Compact Plus subscribers only pay R49 for Showmax.

  1. Go to Showmax.com
  2. Create a Showmax account with your email address.
  3. Create a password.
  4. Choose "DStv add to account" as your payment method.