Now that Muhammed Lawal has signed a contract to fight under the Bellator Fighting Championships banner and wrestle under the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling umbrella at the same time, it was only a matter of time before more and more mixed martial artists started talking about doing the same.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Roy Nelson has been talking about doing both for some time now, though the conversation naturally came up once again now that he's got a fight coming up this Sat., May 26, 2012, at UFC 146 against Dave Herman.
Here's what he told MMAWeekly.com when asked about "King Mo" doing both:
"I'm actually ecstatic. It couldn't have happened to a better man. I think it opens a lot of doors for a lot of different fighters, and it actually opens up a lot of fighter's eyes that there's other ways to make a living, that you can actually do both sports. It's like it's okay to be a Deion Sanders playing football and baseball, or like a Bo Jackson playing football and baseball. It's good that athletes can do that."
He would go on to say that if he beats Herman this weekend, he might ditch UFC altogether in favor of coming over to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to call out Brock Lesnar, who also recently made the jump back to his old stomping grounds.
He's got a built in "Big Country" gimmick, so it could work. Maybe. I'm not sure there's a place for an Earthquake/Typhoon type of character in today's WWE but if Brodus Clay can become successful as a dancing dinosaur, why not Roy Nelson?
Even Evan Bourne is feeding into the idea, as he tweeted Nelson that he's "welcome in our squared circle anytime. 'Big Country' could be quite a force in WWE."
Does anyone want to see Nelson in WWE? Anyone at all? Cagesiders?