Current TNA heavyweight champion Kurt Angle is making his rounds promoting the upcoming release of "Warrior," a mixed martial arts movie he plays a part in. And because of that, questions are once again being asked regarding his aspirations of one day fighting inside the Octagon.
Angle, who still claims he's going to make a return to amateur wrestling in an attempt to make the U.S. Olympic team, told MMA Weekly in a recent interview that Dana White offered him a contract to compete in the UFC but he turned it down because White wanted him to be ready in just over a month.
"I actually contacted Dana White again after the movie. I flew out to meet him once and got a great offer. I contacted him again, I was thinking about dropping out of Impact wrestling, and there were some personal problems with my marriage and I just wanted to get away. I contacted Dana White, I flew out, and he had me take the UFC physical. I passed it, thank God, and he gave me the offer. The terms weren't good, I mean not for me, and the terms I gave him weren't good for him. He wanted me ready in four-and-a-half weeks; I wanted three to six months. So I respect Dana White and I love him to death, very good friend. I knew I was capable of winning in four-and-a-half weeks, but I wanted to be at my best."
"He actually sat me down and said, ‘Kurt, if you do this, is your neck okay? Are you well enough to do this, cause I know you've taken a pounding the last 10 years?' And I said, ‘Dana, I'm fine. Yeah, I broke my neck five different times, but I have never felt better than now. I've had setbacks, but I'm fine.'
Those quotes mostly speak for themselves, but we can break it down for just a second anyway.
For starters, as far as I know, there's no such thing as "the UFC physical." And even if there was, I have a hard time believing a man with the myriad of health issues that Angle has would ever even come close to passing. Then again, athletic commissions have passed fighters that never should have even been allowed to take a physical. But I digress.
Angle also says White wanted him ready to fight in four-and-a-half weeks. Knowing Angle's propensity for telling tale tales and blowing things up beyond measure to enhance whatever story he's telling at any particular moment, this seems like another patented bullshit line from a veteran bullshitter.
And it doesn't end there.
Finally, Angle saying he straight out told Dana White that he may have broken his neck five different times but he's never felt better today is downright ridiculous. His health has been a major problem for years, dating all the way back to when he originally won a gold medal in 1996. Angle might say he feels great now but that could be because he still has substance abuse issues, as evidenced by his arrest for drunk parking a while back. Not to mention, his history of severe spinal injuries is well documented.
The reality is that it's a long shot for Angle to even come close to making the U.S. Olympic team like he thinks he'll be able to do. He went on to say in the interview that "when" he does so, that will be sure to "raise Dana White's eyebrows." That may be so, but is a promoter like White, who has long sworn off promoting anything that can be considered a freakshow, really dumb enough to be swayed by a 42-year-old run down pro wrestler who is on the verge of paralysis because he continues to beat his body up when doctors told him to stop years ago?
The answer is a resounding no. In fact, White was asked about Angle being in discussions with UFC and the various claims he made in his interview with MMA Weekly and he, of course, said Angle was lying.
"Not true. Love Kurt, but not true."
Not that White's word is golden or anything, but in this scenario, the burden of proof is on Angle and he's got a shit case. His history dictates that we can't believe him and even if we did, would anyone really want to see him get inside a cage and fight for real? Where would he even fit in?
Later in the interview, Angle continues to dangle the bait that he might eventually make his way into MMA but this time he brings Bellator into the discussion. He claims that "now that they're about to be on Spike," he might have to start looking at them as a viable option. Unless Bjorn Rebney is a complete mark and strapped for cash, I don't see this happening and again, it seems like Angle simply enhancing his tales to sound more interesting. He's got a lucrative career with TNA and if he's really serious about making the U.S. Olympic team, which he continues to claim is exactly the case, he doesn't have time to mess around with MMA, anyway.