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Kurt Angle Says He Was Recently Offered UFC Contract; Dana White Calls Bullsh*t


(Rear-naked-choke to the ankle: If done right, no can defend.)

Kurt Angle appeared on a recent episode of MMAWeekly Radio and dropped a bombshell that he was very close to coming to terms with the UFC recently.

A former Olympic gold medalist in wrestling, Angle says that appearing in the soon-to-be-relesed MMA movie, “Warrior” re-stoked his fire to compete in MMA. Following his last appearance in the Olympics, Angle chose pro wrestling over MMA and has hinted ever since that he would try his hand at the sport one day.

“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 [TNA] Impact Wrestling, and there were some personal problems with my marriage and I just wanted to get away,” he explained. “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.”

He says that some of the clauses in the deal were stifling to his wrestling career and his counter terms, which likely were financially-related weren’t a positive fit for either party.

“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,” he pointed out. “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.”

The UFC president responded to the 42-year-old former WWE champion’s claims via Twitter with a short, but concise reply:  “love Kurt, but not true.”

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KeithHackneyWindmillPalmStrike- September 1, 2011 at 4:15 am
There's no way the UFC would try to bring in a guy like that and give him four and a half weeks to get ready for his debut fight...no way....just to hype the fight alone you would think they would want longer than that, not to mention the whole learning MMA thing....gotta throw the BS flag on Angle here
Red Baron- September 1, 2011 at 4:11 am
Dana is making enough money now, why can't he buy some class? Why must he always work so hard to make himself look superior to whoever he's talking about?

With Angle, his response could easily have been: Well, I don't recall the conversation going exactly that way. But no, he has to try to embarass Angle.

I wish one of these guys would whip his ass for trying to make them look small.
smiledriver- August 31, 2011 at 11:01 pm
Let's do it! The last Pro Wrestler with legit wrestling chops did alright as I recall. So if his laundry list of injuries don't preclude his participation let's get it on.
djp1988- August 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm
Get him to fight Brock. F-5's and Olympic Slams all over that bitch. Paul Heyman would be the special guest referee. Hell, he couldn't do a worse job than Cecil Peoples.
JaredB- August 31, 2011 at 3:30 pm
@Palmtree
I presume you are citing Wikipedia on Angle’s weight. He is 6 foot even, and anyone who has seen him lately on TV knows he’s nowhere close to 240. I had him pegged for probably 210 tops at the moment, which is why I suspected you’d see him at 185, rather than 205, where many fighters are cutting down from the 230s.

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Also, Kurt isn't six feet. He may have used to look it when he wore lifts in his boots but I think he maybe had an inch on me and I'm about 5' 9".
JaredB- August 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm
WTF ??? 185? Are you nuts? Angle weighs in right now just under 240. The best he could do would be do get down to 205. But 185 is out of the question unless he did nothing but cut weight for 12 months and not fight.

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No. I met Kurt in 2009, he was MAYBE 210 pounds in person back then, MAYBE. Now he has clearly lost a lot of weight and is probably walking around at 190 or so.

There is also no way in hell Dana would sign an attraction fighter like Angle and ask him to be ready to go in 4 1/2 weeks...they'd want months and months to market that fight. I'd rehire Coleman and put them in against each other, personally. I'd like to see that fight.

Kurt is lying but the UFC hiring him isn't really any more ridiculous than paying fat James Toney 3/4 of a million to flail around like a dying fish and get choked out. He'd have a hell of a lot better shot in MMA with his wrestling base even if his body is torn to bits.

You want the goods on a pro wrestler who could make a legit transition to MMA? Bryan Danielson (wrestling as Daniel Bryan now), after he's won the WWE title he'll have pretty much accomplished everything in his pro wrestling career, he moved to Vegas for awhile to train at Xtreme Couture, which he said was just to learn some legitimate grappling to spice up his pro wrestling...he's currently using a LeBell lock in the ring. He's young, athletic, smart and dedicated and I think could actually be something at 170 or 185 pounds.

Also...everybody seems a bit quick to write off Dave Batista, he shed a lot of the bulk and is training with Cesar Gracie camp. He may be old and he may suck a lot but at least he's taking it more seriously than Bobby Lashley.
RSparrow- August 31, 2011 at 3:23 pm
What a joke.
noname- August 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm
For everyone who is curious Kurt competed in armature wrestle in the 100kg or 220lbs weight class.
Pen Fifteen- August 31, 2011 at 2:57 pm
@Palmtree
I presume you are citing Wikipedia on Angle's weight. He is 6 foot even, and anyone who has seen him lately on TV knows he's nowhere close to 240. I had him pegged for probably 210 tops at the moment, which is why I suspected you'd see him at 185, rather than 205, where many fighters are cutting down from the 230s.
@XENO
Given that you'd think Angle's drawing power is probably at least on par with Lesnar's, perhaps even higher given his amateur pedigree, I would think he'd be offered a similar contract. Lesnar made $250k to show his first fight against Frank Mir, and that's not counting PPV points. A quick google search tells me that Angle's salary was a reported $650k in 2008, and it's probably more now. So, that sounds like a pay cut. But, you'd have to think Angle could bring in huge numbers in endorsements. So, overall, I'd be money wasn't the issue, but rather non-exclusivity etc. Angle would certainly be making more money today if he'd stayed with WWE, but he couldn't take the schedule. Given that his current gig with TNA has him working for 2 days every two weeks (he doesn't do house shows), I'd suspect he'd rather keep his cushy schedule than accept the UFC's terms just to test himself competitively.
XENOPHON- August 31, 2011 at 1:30 pm
@Pen Fifteen
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I wonder what the pay discrepancy was between Angle and Dana. Surely the UFC paid less, but by how much?
Palmtreeguy- August 31, 2011 at 1:15 pm
WTF ??? 185? Are you nuts? Angle weighs in right now just under 240. The best he could do would be do get down to 205. But 185 is out of the question unless he did nothing but cut weight for 12 months and not fight.
Pen Fifteen- August 31, 2011 at 12:05 pm
If anyone is lying here, my guess is it's Dana White. What incentive does he have to admit he offered Angle a contract? I know pro-wrestling is anathema to the average MMA fan, but anyone who has seen Angle go in the ring and knows his legit credentials knows he'd be a handful for most people at 185, which is what he'd be mostly likely to compete at given his current size.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 31, 2011 at 11:55 am
Dude he certainly has cut a lot of weight that much is fact. I caught a tail end of the TNA show last week and holy shit dude like he's in shape so who knows what that crazy bastard has up his nonexistent sleeves
SnackDaddy- August 31, 2011 at 11:52 am
Man, i'd love to see this guy get smashed in the cage.
140snotenough- August 31, 2011 at 11:51 am
Don't hate the ankle lock. That's a legit Pankration submission, done of course with added flair for WWE cameras.
Viva Hate- August 31, 2011 at 11:49 am
Somehow I think Kurt has been away from reality for a bit too long, maybe he should put down the script and give real life a try again.
Cro Cops Cup- August 31, 2011 at 11:47 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIfF6yRQmfs
KarmaAteMyCat- August 31, 2011 at 11:46 am
I new that shit from the get go. Though I hear they need someone to fight a certain Retired Football player in Strikeforce perhaps Kurt should give Scott a call.
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