Lyle Karam will be the first contender to challenge welterweight champion Themba Gorimbo in his first title defence it was announced earlier today. Taking place on Saturday 14th March at Time Square, Pretoria, South Africa, EFC84 is set to kick-off the 2020 season.
In September last year, Gorimbo made MMA history by becoming the first 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 Hexagon. 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 available right now,” recently stated Gorimbo. “Lyle Karam is undefeated and has been fighting in Australia as well, so he is the best opponent for me to beat. The rest still need to earn their shots!”
Karam is a young phenom 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, traveling to Pretoria daily for training sessions with Dricus du Plessis and the CIT team. An accomplished boxer he began building his EFC reputation, running through his opponents and putting his name into the zeitgeist with an impressive four-fight win streak with many declaring him as the next du Plessis.
However, Karam decided to take some time off and made the move to Australia where he 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 three-year hiatus from competition, Karam returned to action in the EFC Hexagon in 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. Taking another fight in Australia at AFC, a promotion known 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.”
The full EFC84 fight card will be confirmed soon.