About mid-way through the Wrestler
, we forgot that Mickey Rourke was still on the screen. All we saw was the Ram, the beat-up fighter, and completely forgot there was an actor pulling the strings behind his pain. So when we heard that Roger Huerta
flew out to New York to train with Rourke in the theatrical arts, it made us think there could actually be hope for a decent film about MMA, starring Huerta.
Our local fighter from Minneapolis just ended his contract with the UFC in stomach-churning fashion. He came an inch or so away from having Gray Maynard snap his arm apart. That Huerta was able to withstand the pain, and even escape the submission hold, was nuts. People, even top fighters, couldn't believe Huerta didn't tap. He gained respect among the entire MMA blogosphere.
Huerta's manager, Jeff Clark, said his fighter recently flew to New York at Rourke's request.
"Mickey took him under his wing," said Clark.
Huerta's already finished a spot in the upcoming movie, Tekken. And now with MMA on hold, he's about to start filming Circle of Pain. Yes, these are dude movies. But who cares, so is Lord of the Rings, despite the whole woman kills the nazgul part... (and yes, we know the comparison is off.)
It's good to see he's still out there battling. And there is actually some hope for athletes once their heads can't take a beating any longer. Check out the Iceman on Dancing with Stars for further proof.
You can think what you want about MMA. It's brutal. It's lethal. It's bloody. It's exciting to watch. But just think good about Huerta, he's one of the most calm, nice guys you'll meet... so long as that meeting doesn't occur inside a cage.