Grappling superstar Liam Cleland made his much anticipated return to the cage at EFC 7 on 3 February 2011 . His return bout was against a game Armand De Bruyn from Durban. Cleland’s opponent came out firing leg kicks and executed a well timed hiptoss on him landing in side control. A cool headed Cleland maintained composure and reversed position and even effortlessy defended and an armbar attempt. He then took De Bruyn’s back and choked out his opposer. His transitioning of position was beautiful to say the least. De Bruyn showed off a gutsy performance and was apparently tearnig through the amateur scene previously.
It should be noted that Cleland is best known for his submission victory over popular mma superstar Jeremy Pitbull Smith. He has always been one of those competitors that flys under the radar but is a titan in competition. The EFC middleweight division has just gotten alot deeper with the inclusion of Cleland. Well done Liam you have made us very proud.
On another note, Tapout head coach Wiekus Swart is currently reffing bouts at the EFC