The Rock: “I considered training in MMA back in 2004, MMA is the toughest sport in the world”

Former WWE superstar The Rock almost transitioned to the world of MMA 10 years ago!

Dwayne Johnson told Jim Norton and Matt Serra on the UFC Unfiltered podcast Thursday that he had pretty much done everything there was to do in the WWE and had thoughts of entering the Mixed Martial Arts scene following his departure from the WWE in 2004.

“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.”


So why didn’t Johnson pursue a career in MMA? The Hollywood actor said the idea ‘fizzled’ out over time.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Even though Johnson decided to head towards Hollywood and away from the cage, he is still a massive fan of the sport and says that its the toughest sport in the world.

“Anybody, by the way, who is successful in one area and then commits to MMA, I just feel like it’s the toughest f*cking sport in the world,” Johnson said. “I always take my hat off to those guys.”

Johnson is currently the highest grossing actor in Hollywood, which makes his decision to venture on that path rather than MMA a rather successful decision.

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