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“If The Rock Started Training…”: Dana White Predicts Dwayne Johnson’s Chances in the UFC Amidst Nate Diaz Callout

Published 09/26/2022, 7:45 AM EDT

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Compared to the other professional wrestlers worldwide, Dwayne Johnson has done the most to break the glass ceiling and enter the mainstream. The Rock has had a lengthy and illustrious career where he has accomplished many things flawlessly, with Hollywood being the best example.

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Meanwhile, The Rock is now a popular subject in the UFC, and considering few WWE superstars have had legendary UFC careers, Dana White was asked for his thoughts on a hypothetical UFC career for ‘DJ’.


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Johnson and Dana White have a great bond. Brahma Bull has received appreciation from the UFC Supremo on many occasions. Likewise, on the most recent ‘BBQ’ Guys episode, Cooper Manning asked White who he would invite to a barbecue. White responded right away, “The Rock.” Manning subsequently asked White what he thought about how The People’s Champion would have performed in the Octagon.

In response, White said, “I think if The Rock started training MMA when he was a younger guy, he would have done really well.”

No question exists whether The Rock would have been successful in the Octagon. He has a history of making career changes that have been as seamless as possible in a field loaded with talent. The Rock may not be a fighter for the UFC, but he became involved earlier this year, which led Nate Diaz and other UFC stars to take shots at him.

Nate Diaz challenged Dwayne Johnson for a UFC match


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The Rock officially entered the UFC earlier this year after dominating several other sectors. For those who are unaware, The Rock and the UFC president have partnered, with The Rock’s sportswear firm serving as the organization’s footwear sponsor.

However, the Stockton Slugger was the first UFC superstar to criticize him for his shoe company. A while ago, Diaz pointed to his sneakers before his most recent battle and said, “These shoes f***ing s**k.”


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Following this, a few more famous people came out to criticize The Rock. Meanwhile, on Twitter, Diaz announced he would only return to the Octagon if The Rock would be his opponent. While that may not be a possibility, his return to WWE appears to be nearing, and WWE Universe may get to see him at WrestleMania 39.


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Written by:

Adarsh Ojha


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Adarsh Ojha is a WWE and AEW Author at EssentiallySports. Before joining EssentiallySports, he gained valuable experience at Zee Entertainment and Awadh TV as a copywriter. An ardent fan of John Cena, Adarsh has earned his bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Communication.
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