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Remember The Time An MMA Fighter KO'd His Opponent With A Rock Bottom?

Remember The Time An MMA Fighter KO'd His Opponent With A Rock Bottom?

By Tom Sanders

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has officially confirmed that he will be presenting the BMF title to the winner of the UFC 244 clash between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal this Saturday.

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The worlds of Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts share a tangled and complicated history, with the two disciplines becoming increasingly converged over the years, trading both performers and moves as the line between the two becomes ever more blurry.

And with arguably the biggest name in wrestling history finally making an appearance in the Octagon this Saturday, it's worth remembering the last time The People's Champ's made headlines in the world of MMA.

During a 2015 bout between Luis Nogueira and Yuki Baba at Pancrease 271, Nogueira channeled his inner Johnson and managed to score a knock-out on his opponent with a throw that was nearly identical to The Rock's signature finisher, The Rock Bottom.

It's not the first time that an MMA fighter has managed to sneak a wrestling move into a match either- in fact they've been becoming more and more common.

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In 2007, light heavyweight Houston Alexander casually pulled off a chokeslam on his opponent Thiago Silva (no, not that one) during UFC 78.

And who could forget the time that Rochdale fighter Jonno Mears successfully managed to pull off The Walls Of Jericho on his opponent during an event in Bolton and earned himself a submission victory over his opponent Aaron Jones?

Elsewhere, Shawn Michaels' 'Sweet Chin Music' finisher was perfectly executed at Legacy Fighting Alliance 33 in Dallas last year when Kevin "Mr Nice Guy" Wirth tuned up the band and connected flush on Isaiah Gutierrez's chin, knocking him to the canvas before the referee stopped the fight.



So with The Rock finally making an appearance at UFC 244 on Saturday, the question on everyone's lips is- When are we going to see the People's Elbow?


Topics: The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, UFC 244, UFC

 

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