Zimbabwe fighter Takunda Gorimbo (left) squares up to South Africa's Danie Swart. Photo: @efcworldwide on twitter

PRETORIA – It takes a very calculating and confident athlete to predict exactly what will go down in a fight.

Conor McGregor, pre the Mayweather money, was good at talking and then following through his game plan.

One of the most memorable moments was when he predicted exactly how Jose Aldo would be dethroned in their high-profile match-up.

This week, Zimbabwe’s Takunda Gorimbo puts his money where his mouth is.

“He’ll come rushing forward like I’ve seen him doing and I’ll catch him with an overhand right,” he says of his bout with South Africa’s Asiashu Tshitamba at EFC76.

The two bantamweights will battle it out on the prelim card at Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria, on Saturday.

“If it goes three rounds, he’ll have the best nightmares ever but I’m not leaving anything to the judges,” added Gorimbo, who is still on a high after his first victory over Danie Swart at EFC74 when he finished his opponent in the first round via punches.

Zimbabwe fighter Takunda Gorimbo. Photo: www.efcworldwide.com
Zimbabwe fighter Takunda Gorimbo. Photo: www.efcworldwide.com

The Ultimate MMA Fitness athlete, who is coached by his brother and lethal martial artist Themba Gorimbo, has a mission to continue working his way to the top of the division.

“All I can say is that Asiashu is in for the biggest test of his life and there’s nothing he’ll do to stop me from going up the rankings.”

Gorimbo carries some slick Muay Thai that can quickly get you on the canvas, and doubles up with proper wrestling. With Tshitamba’s Thai boxing background, we could see some spectacular stand-up on the night from this pair.

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Takunda says the bug bit him a long time ago, but his doing the sport were not always for the right reasons.

“I got into fighting because I wanted to be able to fight for myself, but then my brother made me realise fighting was not just about that and he told me not to do it for bad reasons. I took the advice.”

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