Mickey Rourke trains Roger Huerta
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.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss City Pages' biggest stories.