The Rock considered UFC career after leaving WWE in 2004

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"The Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment" almost took his talents to the Octagon.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson revealed Thursday on the "UFC Unfiltered podcast" that he considered transitioning to mixed martial arts after he left the WWE in 2004.

Johnson departed from wrestling to pursue a career in movies, but when that venture initially failed to take off, he considered training to become a UFC fighter.

"There was a time there where I thought, man, I achieved everything I wanted to achieve in WWE, my movie career is floundering a little bit, what do I do?" Johnson said, according to MMAFighting.com. "I was relatively still young, I think I was 34. I thought, oh well maybe UFC. Maybe I should do something like that."

Brock Lesnar proved the transition from the squared circle to the Octagon was possible, but Johnson admitted the lengthy process that would've allowed him to compete at the UFC level was daunting.

"In my head, I felt like it was at least a two-year process for me to even get in the (cage), let alone the UFC," Johnson said. "I wasn't quite too sure what to do or what kind of people to put around me at the time, so the idea kind of fizzled out and I continued to stay on the path of movie making."

The now-44-year-old's film career eventually sky-rocketed. He was named the highest-grossing actor in 2013 and is now recognized as one of the world's biggest movie stars.

While Johnson will never get a chance to test his skills in the UFC, he remains a big fan of the sport.

"Anybody, by the way, who is successful in one area and then commits to MMA, I just feel like it's the toughest f---ing sport in the world," Johnson said. "I always take my hat off to those guys."

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