The Rock won’t be going into MMA because he doesn’t like being punched in the face

The RockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is doing promotional work for his movie “Hercules,” which debuts on Friday. One such promotional interview he did was with UFC.com, where he also talked about the world of MMA.

Though some famous wrestlers like Brock Lesnar have transitioned to MMA, The Rock says the combat sport is not for him.

“I used to hear that voice a few years back, then I remembered I don’t like getting punched in the face,” The Rock said in an interview with UFC.com. “Kidding aside, I have boundless respect for MMA and the discipline it takes to become a champion. The best way I can honor the warriors is through my support.”

As The Rock said, though he doesn’t see himself ever fighting, he still supports the sport. He had many complimentary things to say about women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, with whom he filmed “Fast & Furious 7.”

“Ronda is one of a kind. She’s a champion with world-class drive and work ethic. And to be able to do what she’s doing—the drive of being a champion and then balancing that with the drive of being equally as good on the big screen—that type of ambition requires capacity, and it’s so cool to see her achieve and move mountains.”

The Rock also has worked with Gina Carano on “Fast & Furious 6″, so he wasn’t about to make a prediction on their impending fight, saying that was too hard to do.

Everyone else knows that Rousey is the easy pick.

If you have plans to see The Rock’s new movie, make sure you read about the diet he maintained in order to get into shape for the movie. It was insane.

LeBron James gets his WWE championship belt from The Rock

LeBron-James-WWE-beltA few weeks ago, LeBron James celebrated his 29th birthday and decided he needs an official WWE championship belt. He took to Twitter to ask where he can get one, and WWE stars John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson both offered to take care of the two-time NBA champion. The Rock came through.

After the Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, LeBron took to Instagram to show off his new hardware.

“Special thanks to @therock for making my childhood dream come true!” he wrote. “U have no idea how many couches and old mattresses I jumped off thinking I was one of y’all! U, Ultimate Warrior, Sting, Legion of Doom, Goldberg and The Undertaker I could watch all day plus many more! I feel like a little kid again. Thanks again Champ! #CanUSmell#StriveForGreatness.”

It must be a pretty humbling feeling for The Rock to know that he can give something to someone like LeBron James that he doesn’t already have.

As a whole, WWE belts have become very popular across sports over the past year or so. LeSean McCoy draped one over his shoulder after winning the rushing title this season. Last season, the Phoenix Coyotes began handing out a championship belt to their player of the game. In December, Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr put on a belt after his team won the Mountain West Conference. I’m surprised it took LeBron this long to get in on it.

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John Cena and The Rock offer to give LeBron James WWE championship belt

John Cena WWE belt

LeBron James wants a WWE championship belt, and a couple of wrestling stars are willing to hook him up.

LeBron watched his beloved Dallas Cowboys lose to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night 24-22 to end their season. After the game, Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who won the NFL rushing title, had a WWE championship belt on his shoulder to celebrate both of his victories. Seeing the blinging belt inspired LeBron to send this tweet:

Don’t worry, LeBron, John Cena has you covered:

And The Rock one-upped Cena. He says he’ll get LeBron a belt in a day!

This belt business is really catching on. Last season the Phoenix Coyotes began handing out a championship belt to their player of the game. Two years ago the St. Mary’s basketball team wore T-shirts with belts on them. Earlier this month Derek Carr put on a belt after Fresno State won the Mountain West Conference. And, of course, there is Aaron Rodgers, who does the championship belt celebration after touchdowns and put one on after winning the Super Bowl.

It’s all great in terms of promotion for the WWE. And those belts really are slick, too. I think LBS needs one. Can the WWE hook that up?

Miami Hurricanes football locker room dedicated to The Rock

The RockThe Miami Hurricanes have had numerous superstars play for the football program throughout the years. Former Cane Warren Sapp was just inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining ex-Canes Michael Irvin, Jim Kelly, Jim Otto, Cortez Kennedy and Ted Hendricks in Canton. Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will soon join that group. But of all the big names to have played for Miami, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might be the biggest — at least when it comes to the field of entertainment. He certainly has one of the greatest honors — the team’s locker room is named after him.

Miami took some reporters on a tour Friday of the new athletic center, and Michael Casagrande of the South Florida Sun Sentinel took a picture of the locker room, which is named after The Rock:

The Rock, who is a pro wrestler and movie star, was a defensive lineman at Miami from 1991-1994. He appeared in 34 games and would have seen more playing time had he not been behind Sapp on the depth chart.

The locker room being named after Johnson was actually one of the conditions of the wrestler’s $1 million donation to the football program in 2007, which was the largest ever by a former Miami athlete to the program. The Rock and his wife, also a former Miami athlete, donated $2 million to the school in 2006 to help fund the construction of an alumni center.

“We are excited to continue this legacy of excellence by making a contribution that will propel our student-athletes to greater achievement, whether on the field, in the board room or on the silver screen,” Johnson said of his 2007 donation. “I have said it time and time again that this program was a launching pad for my success.”

Here is another look at the locker room wall:

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The Rock has an insane diet to prepare for Hercules role

The-RockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is playing Hercules in the upcoming movie “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” because, well, because of course he is. And being big ain’t easy. The Rock is a massive human being, but most of his Hollywood roles require him to stay as such. So he eats an absolute ton.

On Monday, The Rock posted the details of his current diet on Twitter. He said he is going to eat like this for 22 weeks while pumping iron and burning through some cardio. There’s no way he’s hungry every time he eats a meal.


That’s right, seven meals a day. And he’s probably not even joking about the lion’s blood. How does he keep track? His chef separates them all into individual containers for easy access throughout the day.

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The Rock swears three times on Sportscenter, says ‘bulls***’ (Video)

The Rock — a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson —  is set to make his WWE return this April in a highly anticipated match with John Cena at Wrestlemania XXVIII. Apparently wrestling fans are super excited. The event also happens to be set in Miami, where Johnson played college football. Knowing this, Sportscenter decided to have The Rock on for a promotion on Thursday afternoon. Either he has never watched a live edition of Sportscenter before, or Johnson just felt like ruffling some feathers. He swore a total of three teams in a segment that lasted a few minutes. Check out this video of The Rock swearing on Sportscenter. Obviously, the language is NSFW.

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