Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stunned UFC fighter Themba Gorimbo with a house after being moved by the fighter’s story of getting simply $7 in his checking account earlier than successful his first skilled combat in Might and sending the cash to his village in Zimbabwe for a water nicely.
Gorimbo’s story includes the lack of his dad and mom at a younger age and a life-changing expertise almost shedding his life whereas illegally mining for diamonds in Zimbabwe. On the lookout for change, the 32-year-old moved to Miami, the place he was sleeping on a sofa within the fitness center the place he skilled.
His story went viral after it was revealed he had simply over $7 in his checking account previous to his win over Takashi Sato on the undercard of UFC Vegas 73 Might 20. Gorimbo used the cash he constituted of the combat to assist present his village in Zimbabwe with a water nicely.
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Johnson noticed the story on Twitter in June and vowed to assist. This week, he made good on that promise.
In a video posted to social media Thursday, Johnson stunned Gorimbo as he gave an interview about their interplay on social media.
“You encourage me to work laborious, thanks,” Gorimbo stated with tears in his eyes. “I’ll turn out to be a champion, belief me. Consider me.”
“Your story moved me. After I came upon you had seven bucks in your checking account — I do know what that’s like. I used to be right here in Miami after I had seven bucks,” Johnson stated. “However then, you win your combat, and also you promote your combat package, you purchase a water nicely on your village in Zimbabwe so your individuals can have clear water. Since you may have taken that cash and put it down on a automotive, on an condominium.
“However you didn’t. You took care of your individuals, and that simply says precisely who you’re and that’s why I flew all the way in which in, man, simply to look you within the eyes, brother, and inform you I acquired your again.”
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Gorimbo confirmed Johnson his checklist of explanation why he fights and the sofa the place he sleeps, including that regardless of the place he goes, he’ll take it with him.
“This sofa goes with me wherever I’m gonna go now.”
Johnson then took Gorimbo for a automotive trip and revealed the true motive for his go to.
“I wished to come back right here. I wished to deliver you right here. I wished to look you within the eye, and I wished to inform you welcome house,” Johnson stated, presenting Gorimbo with a key to the home he had taken him to.
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In response to Johnson’s generosity, Gorimbo stated the cash he was going to save lots of up and use to purchase a house for him and his household will now be used to construct one other nicely again house.
“God is the Best,” Gorimbo tweeted Thursday.
“I’m very grateful of @therock for what he did for me and my household. This was one of the best day of my life. This was a life altering day. My life has been modified and I’ll use this as motivation to vary others lives too. I’m very very grateful to everybody.”