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Moved by UFC fighter Gorimbo's struggle with poverty, Dwayne Johnson gifts him a new home

The fighter had sold equipment and used the majority of his UFC earnings to send money home in Zimbabwe.

Moved by UFC fighter Gorimbo's struggle with poverty, Dwayne Johnson gifts him a new home
Cover Image Source: Instagram | @therock

A fairy Godmother might not be real enough to fulfill your wish, but Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is. In an act of paying forward, the 51-year-old connected with an up-and-coming UFC fighter on Twitter who he thought was similar to him in terms of their struggling days. On Instagram, Johnson was seen surprising Themba Gorimbo, a 32-year-old UFC welterweight fighter who was struggling to find a home for his family, with a new home in Miami. "Oh, my God, thank you!" Gorimbo, with gratefulness in his eyes, told 'The Rock; about the surprise. The UFC fighter hugged Johnson tight, who had earlier surprised Gorimbo in the gym where he had been sleeping on a couch while saving up money to bring his family from Zimbabwe and buy them a house. Johnson will lease the house and pay all expenses for Gorimbo to live there for as long as he wants.



 


 
 
 
 
 
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"Now there’s no more couch sleeping, this is your house," Johnson told Gorimbo the budding UFC star. "Welcome home. This place is yours. You don’t have to think about anything. The only thing you think about is your family, getting them over here, getting them with you, your training and becoming champion." Gorimbo's story came to Johnson's attention on Twitter in mid-June, when ESPN shared a story about the aspiring UFC fighter having only $7.49 in his bank account. The fighter had sold equipment and used the majority of his UFC earnings to send money home to Zimbabwe, where he assisted in the purchase of a well so that the community could have safe drinking water. Johnson was moved by the story because he has long been open about the financial difficulties he faced early in his professional wrestling career, once famously living out of a car with only $7 to his name before becoming one of the industry's biggest stars, and later in Hollywood. 


 
 
 
 
 
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Johnson even named his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, after himself. In response to Gorimbo's story, he tweeted, "This is f***ing crazy to see and brings back many emotions and memories. $7.49 in this fighter’s bank account. I once had $7 bucks too. I’ve been there on that grind. Got your back, brother. I’ll help." Johnson had promised the fighter, "I'll be in touch," and later surprised Gorimbo by sneaking up behind him during a sit-down interview, which was captured on video and shared on social media. "It’s crazy what can happen when you are able to tell your story, who you can touch and who you can inspire," Gorimbo said, before leaping up to hug Johnson when he realized the actor was behind him. The Ballers star then said he wanted to take Gorimbo to "a friend's house," but when they got there, there were photos of Gorimbo's family all over the place, and Johnson quickly surprised him with a key.


 
 
 
 
 
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 "Your story moved me," Johnson told Gorimbo. "When I found out you had seven bucks in your bank account, I know what that’s like. I was here in Miami when I had seven bucks." Gorimbo promised Johnson that the money he was saving for a house would be used to construct another well in Zimbabwe. Gorimbo told Johnson with tears in his eyes, "You inspired me to work hard. I will become a champion, trust me."

Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures'
Actor Dwayne Johnson arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" at the Chinese Theater on February 2, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

 

Johnson has previously proven to be a do-gooder when he surprised a young fan battling rare bone cancer by serving her lunch in person. Johnson had been following Luna Perrone, a 12-year-old girl who is battling a rare bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. He decided to meet her in person after learning that her cancer had spread. Johnson planned a special lunch for Luna and her family at the Hotel Bel-Air.

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