Video: The Rock posts MMA training footage in preparation for role in ‘The Smashing Machine’

Dwayne Johnson strapped on the boxing gloves and got to work as he prepares for an upcoming movie role.

The WWE star and actor has taken up MMA training as he prepares to play former UFC tournament champion Mark Kerr in a movie called “The Smashing Machine,” which will highlight Kerr’s life and career of Kerr.

“The Rock,” a longtime MMA fan who said he once contemplated the sport,  is seen working pads, as well as some ground game. He was humbled by the experience, according to his post.

“Day 1. MMA training camp. Preparing for “Smashing Machine”

I’m learning daily and it’s been a very humbling, intense and motivating journey into this world of combat and becoming,
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 just one part of the larger journey, that is truly a team effort.

Growing and grateful.”

Below, you can watch Johnson’s MMA training:

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie