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                                       John Cena (Globe photo Jim Davis)

It's safe to say that World Wrestling Entertainment star John Cena could hold his own with any UFC strongmen, including Mauricio Rua, Randy Couture, or Chuck Liddell. But the West Newbury native isn't into mixed martial arts. "It's just not something that particularly interests me," Cena told us yesterday. "UFC is where boxing was years ago, and I was never really into boxing, either." In town for last night's WWE "Monday Night Raw" at the TD Garden, Cena said he prefers professional wrestling because it's "regulated entertainment that's safe for anyone to enjoy." And UFC? "It is what it is," he said. "It can be pretty over the top, and it's not something I'd want my children to watch." Maybe that's just the softer, gentler Cena speaking. In the new movie, "Legendary," co-starring Patricia Clarkson and Danny Glover, Cena plays a sensitive guy, not the action hero of his past pictures "The Marine" and "12 Rounds." "I'm used to dodging bullets and explosions," he told us. "And this is more of a dramatic piece." Saying he's "fairly inexperienced when it comes to cinematic acting," the brawny homeboy said he watched Clarkson and Glover carefully. "It's not like I was tugging on their sleeve for advice," he said. "I just tried to be a sponge."

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