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Michigan Football Coach Brady Hoke Says He Would Have Been an MMA Fighter if the Sport Was Around 35 Years Ago

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We’ve all met a guy at the gym or local watering hole who “would have” or “could have” dominated as an MMA fighter if his damn bum knee hadn’t ended his flourishing career before it even started. Back at Polk high he was a wrestling superstar, so why wouldn’t he have cleaned up at UFC 1?

Well, it’s not just the random out of shape dude at the bar who does play-by-play during UFC pay-per-views that could have been a contender anymore. Pseudo-celebrities are getting in on the action too, and we’re not talking about Steven Seagal or Wesley Snipes.

While making an appearance on the Dan Patrick radio show this week University of Michigan head football coach Brady Hoke was asked by the host who would win in a fight between him and longtime nemesis and recently-named Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer.

“Ummm….you know what, he may be sneakier than I am,” Hoke replied with a chuckle.

He then made the dubious claim that if the sport was around back in the mid seventies when he graduated high school, he probably would have become a fighter — you know, like it’s that easy.

“Believe me, when I was coming out of high school, if they’d have had MMA, I may have gone that route [instead of college],” Hoke said.

If that assertion wasn’t bad enough, he went on to say that he wouldn’t be afraid to fight anyone in the Octagon.

“I don’t know why you would be,” Hoke stated, matter-of-factly.

Let’s but him in a cage with Cris Cyborg and we’ll see if he changes his tune when the fight ends a few seconds later.

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The Fresh One- December 1, 2011 at 9:32 am
Brady Hoke would smash Cyborg, then "smash" her. To the victor go the spoils. You guys put too much faith in female fighters like Cyborg and Catatemykarma. Go Blue, chumps.
ithrowheat- November 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Good one, CP! We all know it's nearly impossible to break into MMA from football.
macreadysshack- November 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm
@ Moriningwood . . . That's so true. Goodridge smashing that guy's melon was definitely one of those 'be careful what you wish for' moments. There were so many more probable outcomes but *what if* you were that guy? *What if* you Fred Ettished? Before all the MMA schools, before my own training, before I knew jack shit, at least I knew not to step foot in that motherfucking cage.
Morningwood- November 30, 2011 at 11:37 am
I remember when I watched the first UFC event. I thought, I wrestled, I boxed, I could do that. Later in another event I saw what Gary Goodridge did to that poor guy when he got him in the crucifix and ko'd him with some vicious elbows and thought, I'll stick to watching it on tv.
Me likey- November 30, 2011 at 11:06 am
if i had been old enough in the mid 70's i would have grown an awesome porn mustache.
orka- November 30, 2011 at 10:56 am
Maybe he should of have been born in Brazil and gotten his ass kicked. Then as a old bum in the streets, he will utter about how he would have been a American football coach in the United States.
jfjjfjff- November 30, 2011 at 10:46 am
myklhoey a "first" attempt? really? don't you realize that is a lose lose situation?
bgoldstein- November 30, 2011 at 10:08 am
The sport *was* around 35 years ago, and the prize was going to jail.

Cronk- November 30, 2011 at 10:04 am
Hoke is way overconfident and I love it.

Go Blue
myklhoey- November 30, 2011 at 10:03 am
myklhoey- November 30, 2011 at 10:03 am
dand you fried taco
myklhoey- November 30, 2011 at 10:02 am
Fried Taco- November 30, 2011 at 10:01 am
Well, if he gets to use his cane, why not?