‘The Rock’ sponsored UFC star Themba Gorimbo has championship dreams after electric KO at UFC Vegas 85

Themba Gorimbo shares his dream of grabbing the welterweight title in 2024.

‘The Rock’ sponsored UFC star Themba Gorimbo has championship dreams after electric KO at UFC Vegas 85

Themba Gorimbo reveals his aspirations of becoming a UFC champion in his post-fight speech at UFC Vegas 85 (via Instagram/UFC)

Themba Goribo became popular among the MMA community with his acquaintance with Dwayne Johnson. His inspirational story made rubble throughout the MMA space, and ‘The Rock’ even gifted him a house as a kind gesture. Now, he faced Pete Rodriguez at UFC Vegas 85 recently. He knocked out Rodriguez in the very first round to win the fight. Later, he revealed his plans to win the welterweight title soon.


In his post-fight interview, Themba Gorimbo expressed his humungous ambition of becoming a UFC champion in 2024. As such, he didn’t hesitate to call out the welterweight champion Leon Edwards and also mentioned Shavkat Rakhmonov, expecting him to be the champion soon. Here is what he said:

I want to fight the baddest guys and I want to become a champion in 2024. I'm here to win and become the champion in 2024, whether its Leon (Edwards) or (Shavkat) Rakhmonov, it doesn't matter. I'm going to beat them.
Themba Gorimbo via UFC Vegas 85

Although Themba Gorimbo had huge dreams of becoming a world champion, he only had three fights in the promotion. As such, it might be a long way to the title. But, ‘The Answer’ showcased his extreme confidence and called his shots. Further, he mentioned about his charity works during his post-fight speech, inspiring people to do the same.

Themba Gorimbo made his UFC debut in 2023. But, his debut wasn’t a happy beginning since he lost the fight via submission in round two. With relentless pursuit, the Zimbabwean bounced back with a win in his next fight against Takeshi Sato. Now, he produced an electrifying knockout in UFC Vegas 85 to etch his name as one of the rising welterweight prospects.


Throwback to the time Dwayne Johnson helped Themba Gorimbo

Thembo Gorimbo is a rising Zimbabwe fighter in the UFC. He won his first UFC fight last year against Takeshi Sato. In the post-fight interview, ‘The Answer’ let his emotions out and revealed the plight he faced in his journey to the UFC. Touched by his story, the WWE legend and Hollywood star Dwayne Johnson helped him with his financial needs. Later, he surprised Gorimbo with a brand-new house in Miami.

Dwayne Johnson gifts Themba Gorimbo a new house
Dwayne Johnson gifts Themba Gorimbo a new house (via iHarare News)

Dwayne Johnson said he reminisced about his life story when Themba Gorimbo revealed he only had $7 in his bank account. So, he moved to help out the Zimbabwean fighter and bought him a house near his gym in Miami. Further, he shed light on the struggles Gorimbo faced before his first win in the UFC. As such, he shared the heartwarming scenes of him meeting Gorimbo on X.

Themba Gorimbo recently won his fight in UFC Vegas 85. As such, he expressed his wish to claim the UFC title soon. Apart from his career aspirations, Gorimbo also had huge dreams of giving back to his native village and people. As such, he is involved in various charity activities and helps his native people out of his own pocket.

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