“The hard part about it is, Dana and I never had a problem with money. I met with Dana different times — two times, to be exact, where I went out to Las Vegas to sit down with Dana White. I even took the UFC physical. The problem was the starting date. He wanted me ready in four and a half weeks, and I didn’t think I could be ready at that particular time. I didn’t want to go in there unprepared or halfhearted. I didn’t want to embarrass myself. I wanted to be at my best. I wanted three to six months, but he couldn’t give me that. I respect Dana White and his decision. I hope he can respect my decision as well.”
“I would have done MMA if I would have known it would have blown up the way it did. In 1999, I joined WWE, then I went to TNA. If MMA had blown up at that time, I would have done it, full time. I would have gone into MMA. But, I was so far into it, main eventing Wrestlemanias, that there was no way I could turn back. I do love pro wrestling, and I love being with TNA, but when I look back, I don’t regret it, but it just wasn’t the right time. The money was in pro wrestling.”
“I think ‘King Mo’ is a natural, because he’s got the charisma. But, he’s got to learn the techniques. He actually has called me, every other week, asking me, ‘When will the soreness go away?’ Pro wrestling is very grueling. You take a lot of punishment. I think Bautista is a special talent. I think he’s gonna do really well in MMA. He wasn’t an amateur wrestler, like Brock Lesnar or Bobby Lashley. But, I think Bautista will do really well. He’s a tough kid. He’s got a great knockout punch. I know that, for sure, because I was up in WWE, and I’ve seen him have a couple of fights.”
“I can’t say yes or no. I’m 43. I tried out for the Olympics, last year, and I kept getting injured. It’s one of those things where, I was wrestling great, I think I could have made it, but I just kept getting injured. I’m 43. My body’s breaking down. The answer is probably no, but if the offer is good enough, you never know. Kurt Angle might be in the MMA Octagon.”
Wrestling superstar and Olympic medalist, Kurt Angle, recently sat down with MMA Uncensored Live to talk about his thoughts on all things MMA related.
At his age, and after reading his accounts on injury would making the crossover to MMA be a good choice for the aging athlete?
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