Billy Goff and Themba Gorimbo Debut Against Each Other at UFC’s Feb. 18, 2023 Event

Billy Goff, Dana White's Contender Series vet, has UFC debut booked against Themba Gorimbo
Billy Goff, Dana White's Contender Series Season 6 Week 2 Credit: Alex Behunin/Cageside Press

A pair of welterweights are set to make their octagon debuts against one another at the UFC’s February 18, 2023 Fight Night event.

Contender Series winner Billy Goff (8-2) will face Zimbabwe’s Themba Gorimbo (10-3) at the show, which does not have a venue, location, or broadcast plan officially announced. Iridium Sports Agency, representing both fighters, announced the news on Tuesday.

Goff defeated Shimon Smotritsky care of a first-round KO on Dana White’s Contender Series back in August. The victory extended his win streak to six, after starting his career going 2-2. Turning pro in 2019, the welterweight has twice competed for UFC rival Bellator MMA, posting a 2-0 record including a win over Robson Gracie Jr.

While moonlighting at middleweight Goff also captured the CES MMA 185lb title this past April.

Gorimbo may seem like a bit of an odd signing by the UFC, who inked the fighter to an exclusive deal back in August. Especially given he’s coming off just a single win. But with UFC Africa looking more and more like a possibility, the welterweight’s addition makes sense, especially with a feel-good story that has seen him going from being homeless in South Africa to fighting in the biggest promotion in mixed martial arts.

A former EFC welterweight champion, Gorimbo last fought in June for Fury FC, winning a unanimous decision over Julio Rodrigues.

No other fights outside of Billy Goff vs. Themba Gorimbo have been announced for the UFC’s February 18, 2023 event.


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