- 02/16/2011, 10:27AM ET
DJRoxalot said 02/16, 05:29 PM
The Rock does not have a traditional wrestling background but he did wrestle in the WWE.
Sure, it is fixed but not just any slob can step in the ring and do the things they do on a nightly basis. It takes training and discipline to do this.
Not to mention he played college football at the University of Miami. And in the CFL before getting cut. He elected to quit playing football because he got offered a lot of money to wrestle.
Regardless of the sport it takes discipline to train and play whatever game it is you play. So why is it ludicrous to think he could not be successful at it?
The Rock would not jump in blindly and announce he wants to participate in MMA. Obviously, he would get a solid trainer and learn his craft. And not be the next Kimbo Slice.
The fact Brock Lesnar has had success crossing over is the reason a lot of athletes are trying to. An interesting match that would attract viewers would be The Rock vs Dave Batista, another wrestler who wants to participate in MMA ad has recently signed with Strike Force.
Come on, Jim-bo.....
BRING THE PAIN!!!
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JimJ77 Best in the World! said 02/16, 05:47 PM
First off, the Rock competed in Pro Wrestling 7 years ago. Yes you need to be somewhat of an athlete to compete in pro wrestling, but it simply does not translate to the sport of MMA. Many MMA fighters have a background in a martial art of some form of fighting. Wrestling, BJJ, Muay Thai, Boxing, Judo, Sambo, the list goes on and on. The Rock has experience in none of these backgrounds.
Now, the Rock did play football, but that was 15 years ago. How does that make him a MMA viable? You can bring up Herschel Walker, but he trained martial arts for over 25 years. He's a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and has trained in Muay Thai and Kempo karate. He also trains with one of the premier MMA gyms in not just the US but in the world in American Kickboxing Academy.
You also bring up Brock Lesnar. He was a Division 1 National Champ wrestler and runner up his junior year at U of Minn. Wrestling is the #1 base for MMA. His transition was easy considering his background in wrestling.
Simply put, the Rock has no business competing in a cage. He has zero experience, and would be badly hurt. Add on his age of 38 and years of inactivity, its just a bad idea all around. No way to MMA.
DJRoxalot said 02/16, 06:09 PM
"First off, the Rock competed in Pro Wrestling 7 years ago."
Get in the gym and train and it will be like he was never gone.
"The Rock has experience in none of these backgrounds."
Again, you do not think he is smart enough to get an experienced trainer familiar with MMA? Come on, he would not go in "blind."
Brock Lesnar had no martial art experience. Sure, he was an all american but The Rock has learned a little something from years of wrestling in the ring. Leverage and positioning, something that easily translates to MMA when you are on the mat.
"Add on his age of 38 and years of inactivity, its just a bad idea all around. No way to MMA."
The biggest drawback people have been saying is The Rock's age. Walker will be 49 soon. Sure, he has some martial art experience but at his age he has a decade on The Rock.
Kimbo was a big enough draw to get a main event on a major network. The Rock does not have the name recognition as Kimbo? Really? Please. The Rock would be a huge draw and vs Batista? That would bring over the wrestling crowd. 1,000,000 buys at 59.99=59,990,000. And that is conservative.
JimJ77 Best in the World! said 02/17, 10:22 AM
I'm sorry but when you miss 7 years of anything you're not just going to get in a gym and train and expect everything to be back to the way it was when you were in your prime. It just doesn't work like that.
You keep bringing Brock Lesnar up. This is where I think your lack of MMA knowledge is biting you in the ass. Once again, Lesnar was an elite division 1 college wrestler. I'm not talking wrestling, like the Rocks background of Rock Bottoms and Peoples elbows. I am talking amateur free style Big Ten college wrestling, which translates to MMA.
You see, when you have an amateur wrestling background like like Lesnar has, you are able to dictate where a fight takes place. Meaning, if you are a great standup fighter, you can sprawl and brawl the way Chuck Liddell use to. If you are not great in the standup department, you can take your opponent down with a single or double leg and work in your opponents guard with some heavy ground and pound.
The latter is Brock's game. His wrestling, athleticism, and strength allow him to take someone down, keep them there and beat them up.
The Rock has no such background. He's old, has no experience, and simply could not compete.
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