The undeniably in your face, Themba Gorimbo, has weighed-up a per- ineal pack of welterweight decided that undefeated master of mayhem, Lyle Karam will be the first contender to challenge Gorimbo in his first title defence. The event brought by BETWAY, EFC 84 is set on Saturday 14 March at Time Square, Pretoria.
A new year always brings revitalised goals and ambitions, athlete claw at their gap for greatness. Gorimbo is both a part of this pack and yet identifies as an outlier. Hav- ing not taken his foot off career campaign- ing for one second since he wrapped the coveted EFC belt around his waist. He has made UFC shout outs to fight call outs.
He has over a decade of pushing through adversity, that very few will ever know and has proven that anything is possible.
He constantly visualizes his hand being raised against the greatest and the most threatening, that now includes the young undefeated dynamo, Lyle Karam.
Gorimbo made MMA history by becoming the first ever Zimbabwean MMA world champion. In the EFC Welterweight Grand Prix finale, he dismantled his opponent to claim gold and named himself the king of the division, yet he is still to defend his crown, the mark of a tried and tested champion.
He is a man with singular focus, eyes firmly set on becoming one of the greatest to ever have fought in the Hex. He intends to propel himself to the MMA hall of fame, through systematic challenging, visualising and dispatching of any athlete blocking that proposed reality.
“I wanna fight the best guy that is avail- able right now,” stated Gorimbo. “Lyle Karam is undefeated and has been fighting in Australia as well, so he is the best oppo- nent for me to beat. The rest still need to earn their shots.” Karam, a focused storm, a young fighter still working on breaking down the doors to the MMA main stage. With this contender challenge, he has been given a golden key.
He first joined the organisation as a youngster, training together with Dricus du Plessis and the CIT team. An accomplished boxer he began building his EFC reputa- tion, running through his opponents and putting his name into the zeitgeist with an impressive 4-fight win streak.
He made the move to Australia and joined one of their premium world-renowned teams, Absolute MMA. A team best known for their superstar list of submission artists, such as Lachlan Gilles and Craig Jones.
After a 3-year hiatus from competition, but amassing an internationally forged MMA skill set, Karam returned to action in the EFC Hex October last year.
With a fight of the night performance under his belt and his hand raised in victory, Karam had truly announced himself as a top contender in the stacked welterweight division.
He wasn’t done with the year however, taking another fight in Australia at AFC,
a promotion know for building the likes of Israel Adesanya, the hungry Karam emerged victorious yet again. Putting him at a super impressive, blemish free, 6-0 record.
“I am going to bring something that Themba has never seen,” responded Karam. Revealing his intention to maul Gorimbo into defeated, “I am gonna drag him down to the mat and beat him until he quits.”