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.