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Zimbabwean MMA Fighter Themba Gorimbo Blames Kirsty Coventry for Shocking Decision To Use South African Flag in UFC Victory

South Africa-based Zimbabwean Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) star, Themba “The Answer” Gorimbo, recently emerged victorious in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and he has an intriguing story behind his choice of attire.

During his latest UFC bout, Gorimbo proudly displayed the South African flag on his kit, which raised eyebrows and piqued curiosity.

In a series of Instagram stories, Gorimbo unveiled the reason for his unconventional decision. He revealed that his kit did not bear the Zimbabwean flag because of Kirsty Coventry, the Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation in Zimbabwe.

Despite his ardent desire to represent his homeland, Gorimbo’s request to wear the Zimbabwean flag on his kit was turned down by Coventry, leaving him disheartened.

“So I have to let all go and move on. I hate to say this but it hurts me that my country’s sports minister wouldn’t approve me to have Zim flag on my kit.I had to represent another country and glad it was South Africa,” Gorimbo wrote on his Instagram stories.

Gorimbo went on to disclose a previous instance where he resorted to using the Ghanaian flag in a different fight.

To validate his claims, he provided evidence demonstrating his sincere attempts to seek official approval from Coventry’s ministry.

“Very sad that out of all countries in ufc I can’t have my own country flag on my kit. Last time i used Ghana and this time SA. All thanks to @officialkirtsycoventry,” Gorimbo said.

At the time of publishing, Kirsty Coventry had not responded to Themba Gorimbo’s accusations.

Themba Gorimbo’s allegations against Kirsty Coventry (Image: @thembagorimbo_mma/Instagram)

Themba Gorimbo Registers His First UFC Victory


Despite the obstacles he faced, Gorimbo’s recent UFC victory served as a remarkable achievement. After enduring defeat in his UFC debut earlier this year, he was determined to redeem himself. Gorimbo’s opportunity for redemption finally arrived when he faced off against Japan’s Takashi Sato at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

The Zimbabwean MMA star showcased his skills and secured a hard-earned victory, triumphing over Sato through unanimous decision. The judges scored the match in Gorimbo’s favour with a unanimous (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) decision.

This victory held a special significance for Gorimbo, considering his previous loss via a guillotine choke against AJ Fletcher from the United States. It was a chance for Gorimbo to prove his resilience and showcase his growth in the UFC.

The former EFC Welterweight champion Zimbabwe’s Sportsperson of the Year posted a video on social media stating that he had been battling a bout of flu just moments before his fight with Sato.-iharare

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