Zimbabwe's Themba Gorimbo knocks out Pete Rodriguez in 32 seconds at UFC Vegas 85: "I'm not just a Grappler, I can knock you out!"

Themba Gorimbo faced off against Pete Rodriguez in a preliminary welterweight match at UFC Vegas 85 last Saturday.

Gorimbo quickly secured his first UFC knockout in just 32 seconds. He landed a powerful right hand on Rodriguez, causing him to drop to the mat. Gorimbo followed up with a series of strong punches until the referee stopped the fight.

Zimbabwe's Themba Gorimbo knocks out Pete Rodriguez in 32 seconds at UFC Vegas 85

After the match, Gorimbo expressed his gratitude to his Zimbabwean roots, his hometown in Bikita, and his aspiration to create a lasting legacy, inspired by footballer Sadio Mané, who built schools and hospitals in his childhood village in Senegal.

Gorimbo emphasized his commitment to staying connected to his Zimbabwean roots, vowing to remain humble and hungry even if he achieves success. He mentioned plans to contribute to his country's development.

With this victory, Gorimbo improved to a 2-1 record in the Octagon, marking his best performance yet and potentially propelling him up the welterweight rankings.

Following his win, Gorimbo pledged to return to Zimbabwe to build a solar-powered library in his village, providing opportunities for nighttime studying, as he personally faced challenges in accessing education growing up.

Gorimbo wasted no time calling out fellow welterweights Leon Edwards and Shavkat Rakhmonov, expressing his ambition to become the UFC champion in 2024.

Gorimbo also shared his financial struggles, revealing he had only $7 in his bank account before the fight. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson took notice and generously gifted Gorimbo a fully furnished house in Miami.

Themba Gorimbo gained widespread attention when he shared his financial challenges, disclosing that he had only $7 in his bank account before his successful bout at UFC Vegas. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, moved by Gorimbo's situation, generously presented him with a fully furnished house in Miami in a touching gesture.

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Mungwadzi Godwin

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