Themba Gorimbo, a mixed martial artist (MMA) fighter from Zimbabwe who is a rising star in the UFC, had a wonderful turn of events when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a well-known actor and former wrestler, gifted him a house in Miami, Florida.
The Rock stumbled across a social media post in June that highlighted Gorimbo’s difficulties, and the heartbreaking tale started to take shape.
When he at last met Chigorimbo, he posted a video on social media with the message;
“We’ve never met but I had to fly to Miami to look this man, Themba Gorimbo in the eyes, hug him and shake his hand. I’ve been moved and motivated by his story. He recently won his first fight in the UFC. He had $7 bucks in his bank account when he won. He sleeps on a couch in the gym.” Says The Rock in this emotional Instagram Post.
“After the fight, he sold his fight gear (trunks and gloves) online and made $7,000. Instead of using the money to find a place to live, he built a bush pump so his village back in Zimbabwe can have clean water. He never asked me for anything, but I just wanted to help the guy out. $7 Bucks ya know. And I felt the MANA & emotion in every hug. Very good and very special day.” He continued.
We’ve never met but I had to fly to Miami to look this man @TheAnswerMMA in the eyes, hug him and shake his hand. I’ve been moved & motivated by his story ❤️
He recently won his first fight in the @ufc.
He had $7 bucks in his bank account when he won.
He sleeps on a couch in… pic.twitter.com/8QIDa7PJTY
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) July 27, 2023
In a May interview at the UFC Vegas 73 post-fight press conference, Gorimbo spoke candidly about his difficult road. He admitted to having money problems and that he had landed in America without any funds just seven weeks previous. He could barely afford his travel and transportation to the gym due to his restricted resources. He was relieved when a friend offered him a generous $200, which helped him get through those difficult days.
Gorimbo reflected on his predicament and acknowledged that his financial condition was at an all-time low. He had $7 in his bank account at the moment. He stressed that his primary focus had been obtaining the victory and was grateful for his success despite this situation. He saw riches as a result of his commitment and effort.
The Hollywood superstar was deeply moved by Gorimbo’s unwavering determination and dedication despite the challenges he encountered in his pursuit of success in the MMA ring. Inspired by Gorimbo’s story, The Rock made a firm commitment to assist the Zimbabwean athlete in any way possible.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to social media to announce his plan to provide aid and support to Themba Gorimbo. He proactively worked with his team to make sure the boxer received the necessary assistance he needed. After a period of anticipation, Dwayne fulfilled his promise by gifting Themba a beautiful, fully furnished house in the bustling city of Miami.
Dwayne Johnson went above and beyond in his act of kindness towards Themba Gorimbo. Not only did he gift him a house, but The Rock also extended his generosity by offering Themba invaluable mentorship and guidance. With the goal of improving Themba’s skills and increasing his chances of success in the UFC ring, Johnson is fully devoted to supporting Themba’s journey both within and outside of boxing. This commitment exemplifies The Rock’s dedication to making a positive and long-lasting impact on Gorimbo’s life and career.
Social Media Reactions To Dwayne Johnson’s Generosity
Several users on social media recognized Dwayne Johnson’s act of generosity towards Gorimbo.
This is the Best thing I’ve seen today! Cheers @TheRock
This video warms my heart. What a story and inspiration! Thank you for sharing this moment with us
The guy is the best. Everything he does is from the heart. We need more people in the world like the Peoples Champ. Rock on Rock