South Africa’s leading promotion was back with its 84th edition this weekend. Fans were treated to a welterweight title tilt in the evening’s headliner. Champion Themba Gorimbo put his belt on the line against undefeated challenger Lyle Karam.

Gorimbo only recently became the titleholder. He finished Luke Michael with elbows in the first round of their September encounter to claim the strap.

Absolute MMA’s Karam had been stellar through six fights. He debuted with EFC Worldwide’s former incarnation as EFC Africa and won two fights before the promotion changed to its current name. He added another two victories by mid-2016, but then fell inactive for more than three years. The “Krusher” returned in 2019 and had gone on to improve his record with two more wins.


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EFC Worldwide 84 aired live on DAZN (United States), Fight Sports (Europe and Asia), SuperSport (Africa), SABC Sport (South Africa), 2 (Norway), vip (Croatia and Slovenia), Huawei (Myanmar), Stv (Cameroon), efcworldwide.tv (worldwide). Prelims were available on Facebook.

FULL RESULTS
Themba Gorimbo def. Lyle Karam by submission (triangle choke). Round 2, 2:06
Anicet Kanyeba def. Pierre Botha by unanimous decision
Stefan Pretorius def. Niel Du Plessis by submission (kimura). Round 2, 3:25
Tshilomba Mikixi def. August Kayambala by knockout (punch). Round 1, 4:38
Sindile Manengela def. Roevan De Beer by TKO (punches). Round 1, 3:48
Cole Henning def. Roderique Kena by knockout (punches). Round 1, 3:21
Cameron Saaiman def. Zwe Ngema by TKO (punches). Round 2, 3:29
Billy Oosthuizen def. Aly Kalambay by unanimous decision
Colin Hume def. Willem Smith by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:13
Orlando Machava def. Danie Swart by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 1:03
JT Botha vs. Roy Lokolo – cancelled due to injury
Diego Bandu def. Mark Kamba by forfeit. Round 1, 0:00