Former professional wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 47, will star in a film about a retired professional mixed martial artist. He recently announced that he will play former UFC fighter Mark “The Smashing Machine” Kerr, 50, of Phoenix, Arizona, United States in a biopic.
On November 1, 2019, Johnson attended the press conference for “UFC 245” at the Hulu Theater at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, USA. He announced the upcoming film about Kerr.
“Mark Kerr’s story is such an incredible story,” Johnson said. “Here’s a guy that won the UFC heavyweight tournament twice, went over to Pride.”
Born on December 21, 1968 in Toledo, Ohio, USA, Kerr made his professional MMA debut in World Vale Tudo Championship in 1997 and competed in the UFC in the same year. He competed in Pride from 1998 to 2004 and retired after his bout in M-1 Global in 2009.
“He’s still alive and what’s interesting about his story is that he’s achieved so much in life,” Johnson said of Kerr. “But like all of us, he’s battled these demons of addiction and mental health. He’s hit rock bottom but the best part about Mark Kerr is that he gets up and wants to do a little better than he did today.”
From 1997 to 2009, Kerr had 15 wins, 11 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest as a professional MMA fighter. He competed in the heavyweight division.
Kerr is 6’1”. Johnson is 4 inches taller.
Born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, USA, Johnson is of Black Canadian and Samoan descent. His Black Canadian father Wayde Douglas “Rocky Johnson” Bowles is a retired professional wrestler. Dwayne’s Samoan mother Ata Johnson is the daughter of the late professional wrestler Fanene Leifi Pita “Peter” Maivia.
Dwayne attended the University of Miami where he played as a football player. He won a national championship in 1991.
After competing in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which is now called World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), for eight years, Dwayne pursued a career in acting. Among his most memorable film roles is Luke Hobbs in the “Fast and Furious” film series.
On November 2, 2019, Dwayne will attend the “UFC 244” fight night at the Madison Square Garden. He will present the BMF belt to the winner of the main event, which is a welterweight bout between Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, 34, of Miami, Florida, USA and Nate Diaz, 34, of Stockton, California, USA.
The “UFC 245” press conference was attended by Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Max Holloway, Alexander Volkanovski, Amanda Nunes, Germaine de Randamie and UFC president Dana White. Watch it here: