UFC 244 was indeed no ordinary UFC event, it was very very special. Not only for the first time in MMA history a serving United States President attend an MMA event, but also Dwayne The Rock Johnson graced the fans with his presence along with the BMF belt for Jorge Masvidal. The Rock has now shared what was going through his mind as he walked out at MSG with the BMF title on his shoulder.
The Rock revealed in an Instagram that when he walked out at MSG with the BMF title, it reminded him of all the times he had walked as a pro-wrestler previously in his career. He also shared how he could “feel the crowd” and that there is nothing quite like it. Here’s what he had to say:
This psychology hit me like a ton of f*cking bricks.
My walk to the @ufc octagon carrying the BMF Title for #UFC244 had my senses razor sharp and adrenaline pumping but controlled.
I thought about all the times I’ve walked to the wrestling ring for my @wwe championship matches and all that goes thru my mind – live crowd acumen and crowd control, my timing, tempo and cadence with all the highlight moves I’ll need to execute with my opponent, controlling my cardio (especially if my match was 45min+), or if I knew I was going to have to bleed, I’d go over that scenario one more time on this walk, and then finally, right before I walk out I can literally FEEL the crowd and soak in their DNA before my music hits because my business is all about crowd connection and success.
There’s nothing like it. Now, the wild psychology that hit me on this walk, was all MMA fighters – in every division – do this same adrenaline fueled walk, with so many thoughts coursing thru their minds – but in the end, have no idea what the outcome will be, because they’re fighting for their lives and success.
Must be nothing like it. Two wildly different businesses yet intersect in some very cool ways.
Grateful for this experience. Thank you @ufc. All respect. All love.
You can see his Instagram post down below: