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Do you think The Rock could have competed in the UFC?


Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson considered fighting in the UFC a decade ago, revealing he thought of training for the UFC when he was 34 years old, but it just didn't work out. He told comedian Jim Norton and Matt Serra on the UFC Unfiltered podcast Thursday.

"There was a time there where I thought, man, I achieved everything I wanted to achieve in WWE, my movie career is floundering a little bit, what do I do?" Johnson said. "I was relatively still young, I think I was 34. I thought, oh well maybe UFC. Maybe I should do something like that."

Can you imagine "The People's Elbow" on Jon Jones? "The Rock Bottom" on Cain Velasquez? That's it, The Rock is outta moves.

But seriously, how cool would it have been to see the former WWE champion and NCAA Division 1 football player at the University of Miami take his trash-talking to the UFC?

Wow. That would have been awesome. The Big Brahma Bull vs. The Super Samoan? Wow. Obviously, The Rock would have faced the same criticisms that CM Punk has for trying to jump from the Squared Circle to the Octagon, but The Rock, at 265 pounds, probably would have faced less of it. Could he have won? Maybe.

The closest the Rock has come so far to fighting an MMA fight was against Brock Lesnar and it didn't turn out so well.

"In my head, I felt like it was at least a two-year process for me to even get in the [cage], let alone the UFC," The Rock added. "I wasn't quite too sure what to do or what kind of people to put around me at the time, so the idea kind of fizzled out and I continued to stay on the path of movie making."

Well, chalk The Rock up to one of those guys who CM Punk references as letting the opportunity slip by him. Or is he just saying that because at 44 years old he knows he's too old for anyone to call him on it? Or is he? Maybe The Rock could join the UFC and rekindle this great feud with a famous MMA fighter.

The Rock vs. Ken Shamrock. Book it. You listening new UFC owners?

The chairs in this match were off-the-chart stiff, by the way. Thank you Attitude Era.


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