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When Jason Momoa Followed in Dwayne Johnson’s Footsteps and Performed the Haka Dance for Ex-UFC Title Challenger

Published 07/20/2022, 12:30 PM EDT

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We all know Jason Momoa from the popular TV show – Game of Thrones. The American actor has also starred in hit movies such as Aquaman and Justice League. Let us look back at the time when he followed the footsteps of Dwayne Johnson and performed the Haka dance inside the octagon.

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In 2017, Momoa visited UFC fighter Mark Hunt’s training facility in Australia, ahead of his fight against Derrick Lewis. Momoa joined the UFC Auckland team members to perform the ceremonial Haka dance to pay tribute to Hunt before his most crucial career fight. This motivational dance is a traditional war cry among the Māori people in New Zealand.


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Momoa showed off his ripped body as he performed the Haka dance with passion and energy. This comes after Dwayne Johnson, more commonly known as “The Rock,” also performed this famous dance in the 8th installment of the “Fast and Furious” movie series.

Johnson played DSS agent ‘Luke Hobbs’ in ‘The Fate of the Furious.’ In one scene, he performs the Haka dance alongside his daughter and her teammates. This scene perfectly captures the emotions and passion of the actors in the film.

Mark Hunt vs. Derrick Lewis

Gunt and Lewis faced each other on June 11, 2017, at UFC Fight Night 110. This heavyweight UFC bout had the fans at the edge of their seats.

Hunt was a big underdog going into the fight, while Lewis was on a six-fight winning streak. The fight started with the two fighters throwing test jabs and understanding each other’s range well. Lewis landed heavy shots on Hunt, who, to everyone’s surprise, handled all the damage thrown at him without looking hurt.


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Hunt tried to counter with hooks and body shots but couldn’t find much success early in the fight. But as the fight progressed, Lewis started getting sloppy with his strikes. Hunt capitalized and threw multiple shots at Lewis’ body and legs.

Finally, in round 4, Lewis gave in to exhaustion, and Hunt was able to finish him off with punches. This was arguably the biggest win of Hunt’s career, and it looks like the Haka dance performed by Momoa before the bout paid off.


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Written by:

Devyanshu Rout


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Devyanshu Rout is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This sports fanatic was introduced to the UFC after the infamous Mcgregor vs Diaz fight. He has been a super-fan ever since and even began practicing the sport.
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Paras Pande