Mickey Rourke -- the star of The Wrestler, 9 1/2 Weeks, Sin City and dozens of other movies -- returned to the boxing ring in Moscow, Russia, earlier today (November 27, 2014).
That explains these midnight training sessions with a certain UFC welterweight.
Rourke, 62, was very successful as an amateur boxer prior to his acting career, and tested his worth in the professional ranks for a brief time in the 90s over eight fights under the guidance of the highly-esteemed Freddie Roach. His last fight was in September of 1994, a draw against Sean Gibbons.
Rourke defeated Elliot Seymour, a 29-year-old with a 1-9 record via second-round technical knockout, knocking his opponent down with body shots on three different occasions. With the victory, he improves his professional record to 7-0-2 with five knockouts.
"When you're older you can't be aggressive, you have to learn to use the defense, and fight with your head," Rourke told RT.com yesterday about his strategy for Seymour.
Rourke, who looks to be in outstanding shape for his age, was donning red trunks with gold gloves, and had lost over 30 pounds for the fight against Seymour. This is not his first trip to Russia, and the actor who has never been a stranger to the social scene or party life revealed earlier in the week he is seeing the country in a different capacity this time around.
"I've always had a very good time here," said Rourke, who is a good friend of former UFC and Strikeforce champion Frank Shamrock. "The last several times I've come to Russia I've never seen the daylight, so it's sort of nice because I only know the nightlife."
Rourke has met President Vladimir Putin and said they "got along very well" and he "seemed like a really okay guy."
A longtime animal lover and canine activist, Rourke said he planned on visiting an animal shelter after his fight and has hopes of finding a new four-legged companion to take back to the States with him.