The Rock Gives Glimpse Into MMA Training, Shows Off Physique For Role In “The Smashing Machine”

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The Rock has gained attention for his physique transformation preparing for his role as Mark Kerr.

Dwayne Johnson is onto his next journey and that is preparing to play legendary fighter Mark Kerr in new movie ‘The Smashing Machine.’ To prepare, The Rock has shown off his MMA training and early stages of his physique transformation.

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After a brief stint back in the WWE, where he was one of the headliners of WrestleMania, The Rock began preparing for his new role. Johnson returned to the WWE and created a rivalry with Cody Rhodes as he looked to finish his story at the biggest event in professional wrestling. The Rock joined forces with Roman Reigns to go against Rhodes for the WWE Universal Championship.

Over the last few weeks, The Rock has transitioned into MMA training. This includes training with the man he will portray, Mark Kerr.


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Mark Kerr was an All-American and National Championship wrestler at Syracuse before diving into MMA. He went onto become a two-time UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion and World Vale Tudo tournament champion. Kerr was also successful wrestler following his collegiate career.

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The Rock Continues MMA Training, Physique Transformation

On Tuesday, The Rock shared a first look at his character in the new film.


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During training, Johnson has work with some MMA legends to make his performance as accurate as possible.

“Working hard and feeling good about my progress so far, but far from satisfied. Approaching this as a total student of the game, absorbing and learning as much as I can, day by day. It’s my absolute honor to pay respect and homage to @UFC & Vale Tudo Heavyweight Champion, Mark Kerr and all the founding fathers of MMA.”

The Rock has put together one of the most well-known physiques in Hollywood. Over the years, he has maintained an impressive build and has showed much dedication. This includes late-night workouts in his ‘Iron Paradise’ and strict diet plans, followed by legendary cheat meals. There is no doubt that Johnson will give this role the proper attention and put on a great show.


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Greg Patuto
Greg has covered the four major sports for six years and has been featured on sites such as Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports, SB Nation,, and FanSided. Now, he is transitioning into the world of bodybuilding and strength sports.