Undefeated SBG Ireland middleweight prospect Will Fleury will return to South Africa next month, as he has been added to the EFC Worldwide 66 card scheduled for December 16th in Pretoria.
Several months ago, Fleury flew out to Johannesburg to compete against nine other unbeaten prospects from around the world for an EFC contract and a shot at the promotion’s highly-regarded 185-pound kingpin Dricus Du Plessis – who is also the EFC welterweight champ – as part of a new reality show called ‘The Fighter’.
After quickly submitting American Mike DiOrio in the opening round, Fleury was matched with 4-0 Australian Shaw Dean. Their fight, however, was declared a no contest after Dean rained down a hail of illegal elbows on the back of Fleury’s head as the Irishman sought to secure a takedown just minutes into the contest.
In a social media post earlier this week, Fleury shared footage of the sickening assault, which clearly should have resulted in a disqualification rather than a no contest, and revealed that he was later pulled from the competition, with the company claiming he had suffered a concussion and was therefore unfit to continue.
“[They] never did any tests to prove this and I was winning challenges in the house 16 hours after this happened,” added Fleury.
During an appearance on the Obviously Fight Talk podcast on Tuesday, Fleury expressed his frustration over the incident and, indeed, with the way that subsequent negotiations between he and the EFC had transpired.
The fighter and the promotion have since managed to strike a deal, however, as Fleury confirmed on Tuesday evening that he will face South Africa’s own Gordon Roodman at EFC Worldwide 66.
— EFC Worldwide™ (@EFCworldwide) November 28, 2017
Roodman, who is coming off of a decision defeat to countryman Cameron Meintijies in June, is 3-5-1 and has been a pro since May of 2014. Though he started his career as a welterweight, his last three fights have taken place at middleweight and he has fought as high up as a 198-pound catchweight. His most recent victory came in March of this year, when he outpointed Georgi Georgiev at EFC Worldwide 57.
When Fleury decided to turn pro back in late 2015, he had a great deal of momentum behind him. The Tipperary native had been on a tear in the amateurs, which saw him compile a 7-0 record. His professional progress has been hampered by a scarcely believable run of bad luck, however, with an unfathomable series of opponent withdrawals leading to lengthy spells of inactivity. He has scored two very impressive wins though, easily submitting Dublin veteran John Redmond, who has gained notoriety lately because of his involvement in the now infamous Conor McGregor/Bellator incident, and drilling Kyle McClurkin with a left hook at BAMMA 28 earlier this year.
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