Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a really massive MMA fan, and one MMA fighter is now a really massive Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson fan.
UFC welterweight Themba Gorimbo drew consideration earlier this 12 months along with his unbelievable backstory of going from 13-year-old orphan in his native Zimbabwe to a 16-year-old unlawful diamond miner, then practically dying after being attacked by police canine. After successful his second UFC battle in Could, Gorimbo revealed he had solely $7.49 in his checking account.
He obtained $7,000 from that UFC win, however despatched it again house to his Zimbabwean village to pay for a water pump. He bought his battle equipment for a similar trigger. That earned the eye of Johnson, who posted a tweet promising Gorimbo “Got your back, brother. I’ll help.”
That assist was revealed Thursday, when Johnson posted a video of himself assembly Gorimbo in Miami, the place the fighter had been sleeping on a sofa at his MMA health club. After assembly on the health club, Johnson took him to satisfy “a good friend” at a home elsewhere within the metropolis, then revealed the entire home was for Gorimbo and his household, who’ve needed to keep in Zimbabwe.
Because it seems, Johnson might relate to an individual with $7 in his checking account, having been in an analogous place after the top of his skilled soccer profession. His manufacturing firm is called Seven Bucks Productions for a purpose.
Here is how Johnson defined it to Gorimbo:
“Your story moved me. After I came upon you had seven bucks in your checking account, I do know what that is like. I used to be right here in Miami after I had seven bucks. However then additionally, you win your second battle, then you definitely promote your battle equipment. You purchase a water properly on your village in Zimbabwe so your folks can have clear water.
“You can have taken that cash and you might have put it down on a automobile, on an house, however you did not. You took care of your folks, and that simply says precisely who you might be and that is why I flew all the way in which in, simply to look you within the eye and let you know I bought your again.”
It seems Johnson is overlaying the home lease for the 32-year-old Gorimbo, who stated he’ll use the cash that may have gone to a home on one other borehole for his village as an alternative. Within the meantime, he can deal with coaching and getting his household nearer to him.
Gorimbo referred to as it “the best day of my life.”
Gorimbo holds a profession file of 11-4, with a 1-1 file within the UFC. Suffice to say, he wasn’t alone amongst UFC fighters struggling to pay the payments or worse, however a minimum of this time somebody got here via for him.