Even in the fact of reports earlier this week that Kurt Angle was recently arrested on charges of DUI, reports linking him to a potential crossover into MMA simply won’t die.
Alex Marvez, who covers the NFL and MMA for FoxSports.com, has dedicated his latest syndicated column to Angle’s ongoing flirtation with mixed martial arts. The current object of Angle’s MMA affection appears to be the International Fight League:
“Other organizations were pushing for me to fight right away for big money – bigger money than any other fighter has ever made,” Angle said during a ringside interview at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. “But I think they were doing it for my name because I had a lot of exposure in (World Wrestling Entertainment) and TNA. When I talked to the IFL, it wasn’t like they came at me with the biggest contract, but they made a lot more sense.
“The IFL is giving me an opportunity to get my feet wet without affecting my job with TNA whatsoever. (The IFL) said they would be second priority and make sure TNA is happy all the time and they’ll take me when they can get me.”
Angle still believes he can make the transition into MMA and be successful against the sport’s biggest names:
“Randy Couture is a good leg-attacker, but he’s not even close to me and he’ll admit that to you,” Angle said. “I could take Silva down 10 times a round. That’s how quick and agile I am. I’ve just never had the opportunity (to show it).
“They’ve never seen a Kurt Angle in the ring or my style, which is explosive. I think a lot of heavyweights and light heavyweights won’t expect it.”
Coming from someone who was once convinced that Angle was going to try his hand at MMA, I become more skeptical the more he talks about it.