Welcome to the UFC: Themba Gorimbo

Themba Gorimbo, UFC Vegas 69
Themba Gorimbo, UFC Vegas 69 weigh-in Credit: Eddie Law/Cageside Press

Following UFC 284, the promotion is back at the Apex for UFC Vegas 69. Headlined by an important women’s flyweight bout the card has a lot of fighters trying to make a name for themselves. One of those is newcomer Themba Gorimbo. He was supposed to take on Billy Goff but Goff is out and in is AJ Fletcher.

Themba “The Answer” Gorimbo
Standing at six-foot
Fighting at 170 lbs (welterweight)
Fighting out of Bauru, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Training out of Bikita , Masvingo, Zimbabwe
A pro record of 10-3
1 KO/TKO, 6 Submissions

How will Gorimbo fare in the UFC:

Gorimbo has had an interesting build in his career. He started off in EFC over in Africa fighting the talent there. He did lose twice early on to lower-level guys. Gorimbo ended up winning the EFC welterweight title and defended it. Wanting in the UFC and being close Gorimbo left EFC and went to UAE Warriors. He had his toughest test to date in Handesson Ferreira and was dominated for three rounds. UAE Warriors has an abundance of good talent. So, Gorimbo left UAE and went to the United States to fight someone essentially EFC level for Fury FC. His resume looks good at first glance, but in reality it’s not.

On the feet, Gorimbo throws good output using a lot of kicks. His striking isn’t technical in the slightest as he’s just throwing all over the place. He can’t usually afford to stand and trade too long because his chin is fragile. He’s been dropped in many of his fights and has been put on skates. That’s against opponents without much power. Gorimbo isn’t a good wrestler and where he’s best is off his back. He’ll get put there often as his takedown defense is lackluster. Off his back, he has a good armbar and is always shifting his hips. Like in his fight with Ferreira, a good wrestler can limit him on the mat.

It’s cool to see people from all over the world getting into the UFC. That being said, Gorimbo isn’t anywhere near UFC level. He’s going to provide some finishes in the UFC but unfortunately, it’s going to be him being the nail more than him being the hammer.

How Gorimbo and Fletcher match up:

Fletcher is 0-2 in the UFC but to be fair both Ange Loosa and Matt Semelsberger probably beat Gorimbo easily. Fletcher has this fight covered everywhere. He has the power to put Gorimbo away on the feet. Fletcher is much stronger and the superior wrestler. The pick is Fletcher and I’m confident he wins.