Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White is doing the media rounds promoting tonight's (March 16, 2013) UFC 158: St. Pierre vs. Diaz event in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and in doing so, revealed an interesting little nugget to former NHL player Denis Gauthier on RDS.
WWE Chairman of the Board Vince McMahon wanted to fight him.
"Let me tell you something, I'll tell you this and I've never said this before ever in an interview anywhere, and if Vince hears this, he's going to go nuts, okay? Vince is too old, which he won't think he is and he'll go crazy, and he wanted to do that one time. Vince wanted to fight me, I swear to god. He called me up and said, 'let's do it. We can either do it in the UFC or let's do it at WrestleMania.' And I said, 'You are crazy, man.' Vince is... a lot of people talk about Vince, I always have said it and I'll say it again: I respect Vince very much but Vince is too old to be fighting."
He may be too old to be fighting, sure, but he's not too old to wrestle hard matches, like the one he had with CM Punk on an episode of Monday Night Raw not long ago in response to low ratings. Of course, McMahon could turn 100 and he would likely try to wrestle a match if he thought he could sell it.
And a match between the head of WWE and the head of UFC would have done bonkers business at the box office.
The folks at the Wrestling Observer have noted that McMahon vs. White was "Vince's idea for a main event at WrestleMania 27." So that's why Miz was the headlining attraction at such a major show with The Rock returning to set up a years long feud with John Cena; because McMahon couldn't get White to agree to a match.
What a match it would have been. Then again, can you imagine the negotiations with the two sides trying to iron out who would be going over? That would probably be a better fight than anything we could witness inside the ring.