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I’m a former two-weight MMA world champion who fought Jon Jones and Rampage Jackson – now I’m in a movie with The Rock

Ryan Bader is taking a quick hiatus from mixed martial arts. 

The previous UFC fighter and present Bellator Heavyweight Champion is stepping far from his day task to star in Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s upcoming biographical drama, The Smashing Machine.

Bader fought several killers during his UFC days


Bader combated numerous killers throughout his UFC daysCredit: AP: Associated Press

This week, Bader let fans understand that he was getting on board the task which will will start shooting later on this year.

“Putting the MMA game on pause for a bit as I head to Vancouver for about three months,” Bader composed on Instagram.

“Excited to be a part of an amazing project by Benny Safdie, The Smashing Machine. Giving ode to a couple legends of the sport, Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman. The highs and the lows that come with this crazy ass sport.”

UFC legend Coleman reacted in the remarks, composing: “Love this turn it up brother (fist emoji) let me know if I can help.”

The Smashing Machine centers around the life of previous UFC heavyweight Mark Kerr – who will be played by The Rock in the upcoming motion picture.

Kerr made ‘The Smashing Machine’ label while completing throughout the UFC’s early days when fighters were needed to combat two times in one night.

Kerr notoriously scored 4 first-round interruption wins – with his longest battle lasting simply 133 seconds – at UFC 14 and UFC 15 in 1997.

Kerr, now 55, battled with a dependency to pain relievers and has actually honestly discussed how it affected his profession because retiring from mixed martial arts.

He let fans know he was taking a three month break to film with The Rock


He let fans understand he was taking a 3 month break to movie with The RockCredit: Instagram@ryanbader
Bader fought Jon Jones at UFC 126 in 2011


Bader combated Jon Jones at UFC 126 in 2011Credit: Getty – Contributor

Kerr has actually because turned his life around, however The Rock’s movie will concentrate on his battle with dependency, winning, love and relationship in the year 2000 and is based upon the 2002 HBO documentary, The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr.

WWE feeling Johnson has actually currently been hard at work getting ready for his next acting gig and has actually published training video of his mixed martial arts transfers to social networks.

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson beginning mixed martial arts training for next movie without any injuries regardless of ‘banged up’ body from WrestleMania

The Rock captioned the post: “MMA training camp. Preparing for ‘Smashing Machine’

“I’m finding out day-to-day and it’s been an extremely humbling, extreme and encouraging journey into this world of battle and ending up being,
Mark Kerr – the two-time @UFC Heavyweight Tournament Champion, World Vale Tudo Champion.

“I’m a hard worker, but I realized that I’d have to work harder with this role than anything I’ve ever worked for in my life.

“This physicality is simply one part of the bigger journey, that is genuinely a synergy.

“Growing and grateful.”

Filming for The Smashing Machine will begin later this year and is set for release in 2025


Filming for The Smashing Machine will start later on this year and is set for release in 2025Credit: Instagram @therock
The Rock is leaving no stone unturned ahead of his next movie


The Rock is leaving no stone unturned ahead of his next motion pictureCredit: @therock – instagram

As for Bader, there’s no word yet on what his function in the movie will be.

However, the truth he’ll be dealing with the embeded in Vancouver for 3 months recommends it’s a quite popular function.

The 40-year-old mixed martial arts veteran initially went far for himself by winning season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter. 

Former Light Heavyweight Bader combated a variety of icons inside the UFC octagon consisting of Jon Jones, who he suffered his very first mixed martial arts loss to at UFC 126 in 2011.

He likewise beat previous Light Heavyweight champ Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson through consentaneous choice at UFC 144 a year later on.

Bader moved under the Bellator banner in 2017 which marked the start of a duration of total supremacy in the promo.

He ended up being Bellator Light Heavyweight champ that year and at Bellator 214 in 2019 ended up being the very first fighter in the promo’s history to end up being champ in 2 weight departments at the same time, when he knocked out Fedor Emelianenko for the uninhabited Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.

He most just recently combated in February, suffering a knockout loss to Renan Ferreira on the PFL vs. Bellator crossover card in Saudi Arabia.

‘Problema’ scored a knockdown simply seconds into the contest to beat the Bellator Heavyweight Champion.

Bader will now attempt his hand at acting in The Smashing Machine directed by Benny Safdie with independent studio A24 producing.

English starlet Emily Blunt will likewise star in the movie which is set to be launched in 2025.


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