Kurt Angle spins another yarn: Dana asked me to fight Kimbo Slice

source: the-void.co.uk

Former Olympian, current professional wrestler, and featured actor in the new movie 'Warrior', spins an entertaining yarn about how he almost stepped in the cage with Kimbo Slice.

I’ve tried out (for MMA) five times; let me tell you what happened.

I met with the IFL, I met with Pro VFC, I met with Pride, I met with the UFC twice, and the reason I did not sign with any of them was, the three other companies weren’t paying me near what UFC was offering, so there was a money issue; then, the UFC, who I would have signed with in a second (and I passed their physical, thank God) wanted me to start just four-and-a-half weeks later. No way.

I had to do what they wanted under their terms. Me trying out for the Olympics is under my terms. I choose my weight class, how I’m gonna train, who I’m gonna train with, and that the US Open is when I’m gonna start.

It was hard because I love Dana White and I respect him a lot. The first time I met him he wouldn’t let me wrestle and fight, and I had just signed with TNA, and I didn’t want to go back to TNA and say “Hey, I’m not doing this now…” so he said “call me when you’re done wrestling”.

I called him a couple of year later – I was getting a little tired of wrestling – I said “Hey, I’m ready”, so we had another meeting and he had me do a physical, and he threw a great offer at me, but said “I need you in four and a half weeks.”

I said “I can”t do that. You’ve gotta give me 3-6 months,” but he said “I need you in four a half weeks,” so I said “Well then, we’re not going to be able to do this.”

We didn’t talk for a while, but now we’re back to being good friends.

The reason Dana White wanted me so quickly though, is because he wanted to put me in the next available PPV against Kimbo Slice.

I could have done it it four-and-a-half weeks, but I wanted to be at my best. I didn’t want to start training, almost be at my best, but not quite. No matter who it was, I knew I wanted to take them down and pound them, but I wanted to be 100% ready, I didn’t want to just train for four weeks. In fact, I couldn’t have trained for four weeks anyway. I would have trained for two weeks, and then tapered down for two weeks, to get ready. It didn’t even make sense. Two-and-a-half weeks of training? Who does that? Also, I hadn’t even trained in MMA for at least a year-and-a-half.

So, under Dana White’s terms I couldn’t do it, so I decided I wanted to try out for the Olympic team because I still want to compete. And it’s gonna be harder than the UFC. Making the team is gonna be harder than fighting in the UFC, that’s how competitive wrestling is right now. It’s at its highest peak since 1980 because of MMA. Everybody wants to wrestle because they want to be an MMA fighter.

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Lorenzo Luciano site profile image  

9/28/11 12:10 AM by Lorenzo Luciano

Is this true?

Stan Dan Wang site profile image  

9/27/11 11:20 PM by Stan Dan Wang

he probably taught Kurt all his moves.

Jsteven site profile image  

9/27/11 11:14 PM by Jsteven

Kurt maybe a nut, but he has a gold medal what does Seagal have?  

jcblass site profile image  

9/27/11 10:58 PM by jcblass

Every week we have to hear a story about how Kurt Angle almost fought, could have fought or was scheduled to fight someone in the UFC.The guy lives in a pipe dream.

PatsBarriesGotKongo site profile image  

9/27/11 10:07 PM by PatsBarriesGotKongo

 Dana was talking to Kurt about doing TUF. The filming was starting from 5-6 weeks from that point. Letting Kurt know Kimbo was also on the show and a possible matchup with the two would be huge ratings. Of course it went right to Kurt head and he turns it to this. wowzers, chief!

PatsBarriesGotKongo site profile image  

9/27/11 9:52 PM by PatsBarriesGotKongo

 this! I was feeling sorry for him after his last fantasy story. This one puts it over the top.

Barry_BondsMVP site profile image  

9/27/11 9:50 PM by Barry_BondsMVP

just let the man believe he's had offers to be an MMA fighter lol..it's part of his rehab program.

Jake88 site profile image  

9/27/11 9:44 PM by Jake88

Kurt would fucking rape kimbo.

William Colosimo site profile image  

9/27/11 9:16 PM by William Colosimo

hes become a fucking disgrace by telling all these lies

Stackdoe site profile image  

9/27/11 8:08 PM by Stackdoe

Damn that would have been great!