TNA pro wrestling sensation Kurt Angle has said to SunSport that he will certainly compete in MMA next year, and nearly guarantees a contract with the UFC. Now, do I believe this to be posturing or fact? I answer with one name… Brock Lesnar.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Angle could make the move from TNA to UFC/MMA in general, however I do have my doubts as to his health (bad neck) and age. In any case, the long-standing pro wrestling figure had this to say…
Speaking exclusively to SunSport, the ex-WWE champion confirmed he is in talks with leading MMA promotions, including the UFC.
I’m talking to several fight companies about doing MMA by the end of next year – 2009. I’m going to cross over to the MMA world for a while but I want to end up back in TNA and back in wrestling. I’ve always wanted to do it. I’m the only Olympic gold medallist that will enter the Octagon and it feels right for me.
I can almost guarantee you’re going to see me in the Octagon. Obviously I’m going to have to take a few months away from pro wrestling to get ready for that. But I welcome that, it’s something I’ve always wanted to do and TNA have given me their best wishes.
I’m 100%. A lot of people on the internet are bashing me but I’ve never felt better. …It depends on which company gives me the best deal. “I’m getting offers from the UFC, Pro Elite XC, Affliction and the IFL.vIt really comes down to who is going to give me the best deal and which fight would be best for me.
The important thing is that whatever I do outside of TNA – I want to represent TNA and do well. God-willing, I’ll walk away successful and I can come away from MMA saying ‘I did it’ and go back to my professional wrestling routes.
Mr. Angle sure doesn’t sound very committed to the idea of staying in MMA for an extended period of time. His reasons either lie in money, fame, personal satisfaction, or all three. Whatever the motivation behind this supposed jump to MMA (and back in pro wrestling afterward), MMA and TNA fans alike will focus their attention on such a move.