Rumors have been swirling for some time now that a high-profile MMA fighter has been considering making a career in one of the professional wrestling promotions.
Several names have been dropped, including The Ultimate Fighter season ten alumni Matt Mitrione’s, and MMA veteran Shonie Carter has flat out said that he is interested in pursuing a career as a professional wrestler. The latest rumor is that talented heavyweight prospect Todd Duffee would be donning the tights and practicing his lines, but Duffee himself took to The Underground mixed martial arts forum to debunk the rumor personally.
“[The rumours] are wrong,” Duffee wrote. “Unless you know they are about to offer me millions of dollars to work how I see fit while still pursuing an MMA career.”
Several professional wrestlers have made successful transitions to MMA–like former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Bobby Lashley (Dave Batista is also heavily rumored to be making his Strikeforce debut soon)–but the converse has happened less frequently. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson recently made a guest appearance as a co-host during a World Wrestling Entertainment broadcast and Ken Shamrock had a stint in the WWF in the late 1990s, but no other prominent MMA fighter has actually left the sport for a career as a professional wrestler.
Whether or not the rumor will ever be proven true and the fighter desiring a career as a wrestler revealed, you may safely cross Mitrion and Duffee off of the list of potential future wrestlers.