Themba Gorimbo, a UFC fighter from Zimbabwe, had a dream come true when he won his first UFC fight against Takashi Sato in May. But he had another surprise waiting for him when Dwayne Johnson, also known as ‘The Rock’, reached out to him on Twitter and offered to help him financially.
Gorimbo had revealed that he had only $7.49 in his bank account before the fight and that he was struggling to make ends meet. His honest story touched Dwayne Johnson, who remembered his own humble beginnings and decided to support him.
Dwayne Johnson, who is one of the greatest entertainers and one of the highest-paid Hollywood stars, with a net worth of over $800 million, tweeted that he also once had only $7 in his pockets. He also told Gorimbo that he wanted to meet him in person and praised him for his courage and perseverance.
Gorimbo was overjoyed by the gesture and said that it was surreal that ‘The Rock’ wanted to meet him. He said in an interview with TMZ:
“I’m actually gonna meet him so I’m excited to do that…We are going to meet The Rock. He’s such a nice guy and for me it’s crazy. It’s surreal, to be honest, that The Rock wants to meet me. I mean it’s everyone’s dream to meet The Rock. But this is the other way around — The Rock wants to meet me! I’m so excited! I’m grateful,” Gorimbo said.
Gorimbo also showed his generosity by auctioning off his UFC Vegas 73 fight shorts and using the proceeds to build a well for his community. He received commendation from UFC veterans Michael Bisping and Anthony Smith for his philanthropy work.
Gorimbo has a professional record of 11-4 and is 1-1 in the UFC. He still has a long way to go in his MMA career, but with the support of ‘The Rock’ and his own determination, he might achieve great things.
What do you think of Gorimbo’s story? How do you feel about Dwayne Johnson’s kindness and interest in meeting him?