1996 Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle is still toying with the idea of an MMA career. The 42 year old professional wrestler says he recently met with UFC president Dana White, trying to secure a contract with the world’s leading MMA promotion.
“I flew out to meet him once and got a great offer,” Angle told MMAWeekly. “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.”
There is no question a top Olympic wrestler would do good in MMA, given the number of successful wrestlers that have made the move. Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar didn’t seem to have too many problems transitioning into MMA, capturing the division’s title in his fourth professional fight.
While Angle is more accomplished than any other wrestler that has transitioned into MMA, his timing isn’t as good. At 42 years old, after an injury filled professional wrestling career, it’s hard to see Angle competing with the UFC’s best.
Even though I’ve always wanted to see Angle compete in MMA, I don’t think it’s the best option for the two-time NCAA Division I champion. Angle does seem determined to compete in the sport of MMA, indicating he would also be receptive to offers from other promotions.
MMA legend Randy Couture has already taught us all that age can be just a number, with his incredible comeback in 2008. Who knows? Maybe we’ll get to see the “Olympic slam” inside the Octagon someday.