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The Rock surprises UFC fighter Themba Gorimbo after first win, his reaction is so wholesome

Joe Adams

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The Rock surprises UFC fighter Themba Gorimbo after first win, his reaction is so wholesome

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson surprised UFC fighter Themba Gorimbo after his first win in the promotion and his reaction was incredibly touching.

Born in Zimbabwe, Gorimbo, nicknamed 'The Answer' won his first UFC fight in May, beating Takashi Sato. But it was his post-fight speech that caught people's attention.

The 32-year-old revealed that he had just seven dollars in his bank account before the fight, leading to a number of MMA stars offering to help.

Meanwhile, his story clearly resonated with The Rock, who flew to Miami to surprise Gorimbo in his local gym. Johnson shared the heartwarming footage on TikTok which you can watch below.



Johnson crept up behind Gorimbo, who was sat on a stool being interviewed at a gym in Miami. After a few seconds, he noticed the Hollywood star standing to his left and stared in disbelief, taking in the WWE legend's presence.

Gorimbo then lept from his seat and wrapped his arms around Johnson, burying his head into his shoulder.

"It's good to see you," Johnson said, prompting Gorimbo to reply "Thank you."


Gorimbo was overcome with emotion, clearly left speechless by his idol's visit, who ended the video saying: "It's good to finally meet you."

Fans were touched by Gorimbo's genuine and almost childlike reaction, whilst praising the Rock for his kindness.

"The rock is the nicest guy in Hollywood", one fan wrote.

Another added: "Damn that hug was real", before a third admitted "I just cried".


"Real tears, so humble", a fourth wrote.

Explaining his decision to visit Gorimbo, The Rock wrote on TikTok: "We’ve never met but I had to fly to Miami to look this man 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 seven bucks in his bank account when he won. He sleeps on a couch in the gym. After the fight, he sold his fight gear (trunks & gloves) on line 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 and emotion in every hug.


"Very good and very special day."

Featured Image Credit: TikTok / The Rock

Topics: UFC, The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, Fan Reactions

Joe Adams
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