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Next Stop for Shonie Carter? WWE, Duh

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As it stands, the Potato has what you might call in the parlance of the fight game a “verbal agreement” in place to have Shonie Carter on an upcoming episode of The Bum Rush. So far it’s just been a matter of getting our schedules to mesh. When it happens and we get Mr. International live on the air you can damn sure bet we’re going to get to the bottom of this little tidbit: Recently retired, it now appears that Carter wants to take his singular talents to the world of professional wrestling. At least that’s what he told Old Dad on Wednesday in an interview over on MMA Fighting.

"I want to go to the WWE … ," Carter says. "I’m coming to acknowledge the midlife crisis that a lot of guys go through where they get a Corvette and a hot blonde girlfriend with big boobs. I’ve just decided to do the WWE. Overtime, that will be my name. Overtime, because I work hard. I put that hard hat on, I bring a lunchbox, and I punch in. If you get in that ring with me, you better punch in too, because you’re going to be working overtime."

Phew, midlife crisis averted. Still, we can’t help but wonder: Wouldn’t it be possible for Shonie to go to WWE and get the hot blonde girlfriend with big boobs? Just sayin.

Carter publicly called it quits after a loss to a dude named Jeremy Knafo at Israeli Fighting Championships earlier this month. The defeat capped a stretch of five straight losses dating back to March of last year and Ls in eight of his last 10 overall. With a streak like that it should come as no surprise that the idea of retirement had crossed his mind a time or two. However, dude is an MMA fighter, so of course he’s going to hedge his bets a little bit.

"I’d been thinking about it," Carter says. "It’s just, I’m fed up with decision losses. I’m tired of younger fighters building their credibility on my name … It’s about a 90 percent or 95 percent chance I’m done. Matter of fact, (an organization in) Costa Rica offered me a world title fight. Then I thought about it and decided, I’ve had five losses in a row. I don’t want to be fighting for a title with five losses in a row. What does that say about the state of things? I’ve had world titles before. I want to do something else.

"If you even get an inkling of a rumor that I’m about to fight again, I’ll tell you this: it’s going to be financially worth it. I’ve paid my dues. I don’t need to keep beating my body up for the mere pittance I was getting offered."

Amen. Carter made his debut back in 1997 and amassed (at least) 82 fights, appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show and fought three times inside the Octagon. He also brought pimp cups and snazzy suits to the game back when Muhammed Lawal was still in high school. Anymore, shit probably just isn’t worth it  for a 38 year old who committed his best athletic years to MMA before the sport ever blew up with the masses.

"I never made $1.6 million to fight like some champions we know about,” he says. “No, I did not get a Harley-Davidson. I don’t get to drink Gatorade for free. I don’t get to train in free Under Armour shirts. I don’t even have a magazine cover. I’ll never forget what MMA is or what it has done for me. I’ll do whatever I can for it to help the next generation. I’ll still train and I’ll still coach.

"I’ve had my great adventures. I went to Tiananmen Square, just because I was there. I was on the Great Wall before I knew ya’ll. You know? I fought in Tokyo. I wrestled a bear in Russia. It’s been beautiful."

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JaredB- November 25, 2010 at 8:20 am
By the way, John Cena's "retirement" is a wrestling storyline. He's not going to be having any MMA fights any sooner than Brock Lesnar will be having any new pro wrestling matches.
Viva Hate- November 24, 2010 at 9:28 pm
I believe they actually got photobombed by Sarah Palin.
ReDx- November 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm
They all got photobombed by that random white guy.
DARKHORSE06- November 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm
Shonie Carter's poise and dignity have completely recalibrated racial stereotypes in America.

Cheers old man!
JaredB- November 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Shonie is a great fit with WWE. He's at a point with MMA where he can't really compete with the up and comers or make weight. If he cares enough to work at this, i'm optimistic.
cecils_pupils- November 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm
Thanks to all for the feedback fellas - I'm gonna give it one more try this Christmas. 2 things have happened recently that may help to convert him to MMA/UFC instead of WWE:

1) My nephews favorite wrestler is John Cena who just retired from WWE and is talking about doing MMA, supposedly setting up a fight with that Batista guy in Strikeforce. I'll talk that up to him and see if he is interested, if so, I'll make sure we order that fight when it happens.

2) The Undertaker uses the gogoplata as a finishing move - clearly borrowed from bjj. I'm hoping to show my nephew some youtube vids of gogoplata's done by bjj experts, see if he can get excited about the real thing.

If that doesn't work, I'll just give it up.
Smitty- November 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm
I'll be glad when King Mo gets his ass kicked again........
Goat- November 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Cecil - your 6 year old nephew is an idiot. like all of them are.

And I'm not worried. It's a trend. It'll fade. And who gives a shit what 6 year old kids think anyway?
meanfinger- November 24, 2010 at 1:31 pm
he's being true to himself u cant knock that.. @ cecil: let it go man, he's gonna love wwe until he realizes that the undertaker really isnt dead. at least it took me that long. i used to do bjj and judo back when ufc was just a baby, and dudes were headbuttin and doin cartwheel kicks like harrold howard.. if u get him in any sort of martial arts or wrestling he will eat it up. SIGN THAT KID UP!!!
IsnappedYourarm- November 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm
WHy would the WWE want this clown? Outside of MMA he is a nobody.
MoTropolis- November 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Dude, you cant explain the complexity of MMA to a 6 year old and expect them to understand it. You have to choke the little fuckers out. Then they learn.
MoTropolis- November 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm
If thats his WWE costume, he should change his name to Goldmember.
Clyde- November 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm
I figure if you can't retire on a record breaking win streak as a champion, then 5 straight losses is as good a sign as any that it's time to give this shit up.

Seoul Brother- November 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm
@cecil: A-FUCKING-Men, brother. But at the very least, if a nutty loaf of poo like Phony Carter is going to think that he's Da Shit because he's rockin' Kool Moe Dee's shades, then I hope he gets beat retarded no matter where he ends up. Preferably as the mop boy in a Tijuana Donkey Show.
cecils_pupils- November 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm
All this talk about people going from WWE to MMA and vice versa is starting to get me worried about our sport. Here is a perfect example of what I mean:

Last Christmas, my relatives and I were watching some UFC and my 6 year old nephew (who loves WWE) said that the blood on so-and-so's face was fake. I looked at my brother-in-law, laughed, and said, "man, we gotta get this kid off of that WWE crap". I patiently explained to my nephew that, actually, it was the WWE's blood that was faked and that all the UFC fighters bleed for real, and from real punches. He looked me square in the face and said "nu-uhh". [sigh] What's an uncle to do? Time to get that kid into some martial arts, bjj or wrestling classes.

I really do hope this trend becomes extinct soon so the kids these days understand that WWE and UFC are totally different.
Seoul Brother- November 24, 2010 at 11:30 am
Maybe if they make a sequel to "Ready 2 Rumble," Jimmy King can fight Phony Carter.
Morningwood- November 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

I was trying to find a way to say that. You nailed it brother!
Seoul Brother- November 24, 2010 at 11:25 am
@Morningwood: right next to Rios' crusty cocksock.
Seoul Brother- November 24, 2010 at 11:24 am
Phony Carter, you make it so easy to be done with your ghetto ass and still love you, ya big idiot.
Morningwood- November 24, 2010 at 11:21 am
This picture was found in a shoe box under Tomas Rios' bed.
Viva Hate- November 24, 2010 at 11:00 am
Vince McMahon: Shonie we would love to have you in the WWE.
Shonie Carter: Bitch you got my money?
Vince:We can pay you a minimal amount to start.
Shonie: Shonie Carter gotta choke a bitch?
Vince: I have some ideas in my head, how about you versus the Junk Yard Dog? Godfather? Ron Simmons?
Shonie: I'm Shonie Carter bitch!
Vince: Ok, deal, Wrestlemania this year Shonie Carter vs. Akeem the African Dream.
El Guapo- November 24, 2010 at 10:48 am
I think it's cool that he's honest with himself. So many of the old schoolers swear they're still competitive, all the while getting their ass beat and the brains even more mushed up than they already are. AND he admits to never making the big bucks. Much respect... Sho nuff!
vaicavalo- November 24, 2010 at 10:46 am
seems like the backstage of a porn movie
Morningwood- November 24, 2010 at 10:35 am
Shonie is to revived the manager role of "Slick"