A 26-year-old South African cagefighter knocked his opponent out with a masterful front kick, then celebrated by pretending to shoot him in the face
Aug 13, 2019, 6:00 AM
Asiashu Tshitamba and Billy Oosthuizen.Photos from DAZN/Youtube
Asiashu Tshitamba, a South African cagefighter, brilliantly knocked out Billy Oosthuizen at EFC 81 on Saturday to earn his fourth straight win in the competition.
The 26-year-old caused a stir with his celebration, however, when he simulated shooting his already downed opponent in the head.
Extreme Fighting Championship’s vice president of talent, Graeme Cartmell, told Business Insider that Tshitamba is free to celebrate how he wants and that the gesture might not have been meant as what EFC fans on Twitter have taken it to mean.
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Asiashu Tshitamba, a 26-year-old South African cagefighter, produced a stunning knockout at EFC 81 but caused controversy with his celebration when he pretended to shoot his downed opponent in the head.
Tshitamba faced Billy “The Kid” Oosthuizen in Pretoria on Saturday night and made light work of his fellow South African, knocking him out just 10 seconds into the second round with a perfectly executed front kick to the chin.
The bantamweight duel ended in contentious fashion, however, as Tshitamba stood over Oosthuizen and simulated two gunshots to the head.
You can watch the knockout and celebration here:
Fans of the Extreme Fighting Championship on Twitter described Tshitamba’s celebration as “a little too much” and disrespectful.
However, Graeme Cartmell, the EFC’s vice president of talent, told Business Insider that it’s down to the fighters to choose how to celebrate a victory.
“I’ve got to be honest with you: We take a stance that these guys are presenting their own images,” Cartmell said. “And whatever they do will ultimately encourage fans to garner them in high regard or see them in the way a few people have seen them on Twitter.
“Fifty percent of the room are going to go ‘That was awesome’ and take it like a cowboy reference to Billy the Kid, and others will say it’s not the way to do it.”
Cartmell added: “I certainly wouldn’t condone it from that perspective, but if that’s how he celebrates, that what he’s chosen to do.”
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Tshitamba recorded his fourth victory on the bounce in the EFC to take his record in the competition to 4-1.
After the fight, Tshitamba called for a title shot against the interim bantamweight title-holder, Faeez Jacobs – who beat Nkazimulo Zulu on Saturday to claim the belt – but Cartmell said the knockout merchant must wait his turn.
“Right now, no, but it now puts in position for a contender fight,” he said.
EFC 82 is set for September 28 at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Johannesburg.
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