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Midnight Mania! Former UFC fighter Jason William Day chokes out Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson on movie set

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Superstar Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson has been on the edge of the MMA bubble for a long time. He is widely known for supporting Ronda Rousey in her UFC career, acting alongside her in the Fast and Furious franchise and her Wrestlemania appearance. He even said he once considered a career in MMA a la Brock Lesnar (or CM Punk). On a movie set recently, he filmed a scene where a former UFC fighter, Jason William Day, put him in a rear naked choke that got pretty real. Johnson described the experience on his Instagram account:

Night night. The glaze you see over my eyes as Im about to pass out is real. As is how deep this rear naked choke is sunk in by @UFC veteran turned actor/stuntman @jasonwilliamday

In our action thriller #SkyscraperMovie I barely survive everything that’s thrown my way. Including this fight. First take when Jason slapped this rear naked on me, I knew right away, holy shit, this brother is sinking it in. I thought fuck it, the more real the better, it’ll be great for the movie. After every take Jason would always ask if everything was ok with the choke. I said everything was great. Our director, Rawson Thurber called me and Jason over to the monitor to watch playback of the scene. Rawson and Jason were happy and felt we got it, but I said, let’s take one more crack at this. Before I walked away I whispered to Rawson, I’m gonna let him hold the choke longer, just keep shooting. After the take was done and I got my senses back and SLOWLY got up, me and Jason hugged like grateful gentlemen. He’s a real class act and bad ass. A pleasure getting my hands dirty with a real fighter. #BarelySurviving #SkyscraperMovie

That’s the famous dedication that has seen Dwayne Johnson navigate an extraordinarily successful career, from pro wrestler to polished actor.


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