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‘Future UFC Champion’: Dwayne Johnson Puts His Money on This 32 Y/O MMA Fighter to Follow in Kamaru Usman & Leon Edwards’ Footsteps

Published 09/26/2023, 11:00 AM EDT

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Leon Edwards is the current UFC Welterweight Champion, while Kamaru Usman has held the same title in the past. Both the stars have a reputation that precedes them. That said, Dwayne Johnson believes that another MMA fighter from the welterweight division is going to be as successful as both of them and even hold the UFC Welterweight Championship in his hands one day.

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Have you guessed yet who is the person in question here? If you guessed it to be Themba Gorimbo, then you’re absolutely right. As you know, Johnson has a special place for Gorimbo in his heart because they both have dealt with similar difficulties in the past.

Dwayne Johnson admires Themba Gorimbo


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BBC World Service Sport recently highlighted Gorimbo’s rags-to-riches story on their Twitter page. You all know what a big role Johnson played in uplifting the 32-year-old MMA fighter and helping him overcome poverty. In reply to the tweet from the BBC, Johnson thanked them for the post.

Highlight Gorimbo’s best virtues, he stated Gorimbo impressed him with his hard work and dedication, which is why he decided to help him. He added that Gorimbo’s dream is to become a UFC Champion one day, and he is rooting for him. Johnson has full faith that Gorimbo will become a future champion soon.


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Johnson has the kindest heart, and it shows how much he admires Gorimbo. Only a jeweler knows a diamond’s true worth. Johnson, being the jeweler, recognized how big of a diamond Gorimbo is and helped him to shine brighter. DJ promised to help him and delivered on it.

The Zimbabwean shared The Rock had reached out to him on Twitter when he revealed he had just $7.49 in his account. Relating to his own “seven bucks” story, DJ gifted him a new house after being impressed with this selfless gesture.

Despite being broke, Gorimbo gave his earnings to those in need


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Gorimbo came to the limelight after he won his first fight at UFC Vegas 73 against Takashi Sato. Having been born in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, he knew firsthand the struggles of the people there. He lost his parents and resorted to illegal diamond mining to make ends meet at a very young age, an ill fate that has engulfed many lives in his homeplace.

Gorimbo’s generous heart prompted him to donate all his prize money ($7000) to build a water pump for underprivileged kids back home. With only $7 in his pocket, he came to the US and had to live at a gym due to lack of funds to buy a house.


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Without thinking about himself, he gave away all his match earnings to those in need. This story inspired Johnson, and he gifted him an all-expenses-paid house in Miami. What a big-hearted human being!

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Written by:

Monika Thapa


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Monika Thapa is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports, who brings a unique blend of fluency in language and passion for the sport to her writing. Having been a fan of WWE since her childhood, Monika writes thought-provoking articles that offer readers deeper insights into the lives of their favorite superstars. She believes that WWE superstars present valuable life lessons that readers can learn from, as seen in her recent piece on Ronda Rousey's workout video.
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