Extreme Fighting Championship is South Africa’s premier MMA organization. It has produced two fighters that have entered the UFC, and is doing its best to develop rising stars. This EFC betting pick is our second EFC event.
In building up their future champs, they’ve offered us this lopsided main event, where Shana Power is set to devastate Wolmaran. Wolmaran has a puncher’s chance, though Power was a rising star in MMA before walking away in 2016. She’s shown heavy striking ability that most strawweights could not handle, and Wolmaran is dropping from bantamweight to flyweight for the first time.
Shana moved up to Flyweight after blood clots from weight cutting impeded her career at strawweight.
Shana Power vs Christina Wolmarans
|Fighter||Moneylines and winnings per dollar wagered|
|Shana Power||-450, $0.22|
|Christina Wolmarans||+350, $3.50|
There are no prop bets currently available for EFC fights. Power is a strong favorite in the odds, but an even stronger favorite in reality. The ⅕ of your wager return could be coupled with one of the heavily one sided boxing matches from this weekend in a parlay, or you can bet $300 on Powers and let her cover the cost of your Fury vs Wilder PPV.
Tale of the Tape
Flyweight, five-round Match up
|Shana Power||Christina Wolmarans|
|Inactivity||5 Years||6 Months|
In a very narrow match on paper, Shana takes the youth advantage. Her southpaw stance gives her a slight striking advantage, though her skill in striking outweighs Christina’s heavily. Wolmaran has a significant experience advantage when you consider her seven amatuer MMA bouts and amatuer EFC title.
Shana Power vs Christina Wolmarans Recent Bouts
Power won against her first two pro opponents with ease, including a 1:45 knockout and unanimous decision. She lost in 2016 by RNC submission. She’s been training for various fights that fell through due to blood clots from weight cutting.
Wolmaran recently lost by RNC submission to Ceileigh Niedermayr, a fighter making her pro debut. Wolmarans team CIT is led by UFC’s Driccus Du Plessis, but the majority of the fighters there still need basic grappling training.
How Will Shana Power Win
Power has maintained her Nike sponsorship from early in her career, as well as the support of other sponsors. She’s been training full time for the last five years, improving various elements of her game and priming herself to make a serious comeback.
Bali mma has been her main training grounds, where Anthony and Andrew Leon of UFC and ONE have crafted her striking and grappling into something altogether different than what she started with six years ago.
I see Shana winning via finish, her submission skills have improved under two BJJ black belts at Bali.
Yesterday was a 1st for me. Had the opportunity to roll with a female black for the 1st time. Not only is she a black but also a IBJFF Black Belt World Champion and a 3x No Gi… https://t.co/qvo3VVvB5H
— Shana Power (@power_shana) March 26, 2019
Shana’s travel has upgraded her game. The resources a fighter earns through travel to various gyms is invaluable.
How Will Christina Wolmarans Win?
Wolmaran needs to stay off her back and turn this into a brawl. Wolmaran has good conditioning, but her grappling defense has failed her, in two submissions, one ground striking loss, and another unanimous decision loss of her amatuer bantamweight belt where her opponent took her down and controlled her three rounds straight.
Christina wants to take the center, plant her feet, and hope for the best while goading Shana to engage in exchanges.
I don’t see her BJJ game becoming a factor offensively, and I’m worried about her cutting to flyweight for the first time, especially against a fighter who’s been getting comfortable at that weight for five years.
My Final Pick for Shana Power vs Christina Wolmarans EFC 90
I pick Shana Power -450
Shana has something that few fighters receive, early career support from sponsors. As a former fighter, I know that being backed by organizations changes your career trajectory and capability. A Wolmaran win is a long shot, and Shana Power is only coming back to mma because she and her coaches feel ready to make another run getting into a larger organization.