Themba Gorimbo entered his most recent battle with only $7 to his credit, but the Zimbabwean’s risk paid off as he began his career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) with an astounding victory.
Gorimbo, who is 32 years old, has seen a significant surge in popularity ever since he defeated Takashi Sato by unanimous decision a month ago. “The Answer” was submitted by AJ Fletcher in his first UFC bout, which took place in February. Despite this setback, “The Answer” was able to recover and make the required changes to win against Sato in Las Vegas.
It was a victory that Gorimbo really needed, and his motivational narrative has since attracted the attention of famous people like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Coming off of a defeat, it was a challenging ride. ” If you are under a UFC contract as I am, you are paid $10,000 just to turn there and another $10,000 if you take home the belt. You are required to pay a tax that is equal to thirty percent, as well as ten percent to your manager. According to what Gorimbo told Mirror Fighting, “if you lose you really do go home with nothing because I had $2,000 deducted from my flights and money also taken for the hotels.”
Gorimbo, who was born in Zimbabwe but immigrated to South Africa as a teenager, had a tough upbringing with both of his parents passing away before he was just 14. Gorimbo is now living in Miami after reaching out to MMA Masters coach Daniel Valverde and the fighter has even set up shop by sleeping on the mats in the gym.
The life that Gorimbo leads in Miami is a far cry from his early days, when he was almost killed by dogs while working in diamond fields and had to be rescued by others. “When I was very little, I witnessed some crazy events, including people dying in front of me. When I worked in the diamond fields, the police frequently opened fire on unarmed civilians with live ammunition. Even those from inside the group who were trafficking the diamonds would kill one other, he continued to say.
“That environment changed my mind about life and I think my toughness is from that. Fighting is like nothing for me. I obviously get nervous for fights, but it’s not something that feels a do or die situation. I fight because it’s the only thing I am good at. It’s the only thing that can change my life and the lives of people around me.”
In Gorimbo’s mind, the welterweight has already made it in life after overcoming his rough upbringing to sign for the UFC. ‘The Answer’ is not getting complacent, as he has a point to prove to himself and those who have supported him. Gorimbo wants to become the first Zimbabwean fighter to win a UFC world title, something he thinks he will achieve by the end of 2024.