Kurt Angle parlayed his status as an Olympic gold medalist wrestler into professional wrestling stardom starting in the late nineties, but he’s flirted with legitimate competition in recent years. Angle has appeared in the media several times indicating that he was interested in making the transition to mixed martial arts.
During a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio in promotion of his role in the new MMA movie Warrior, Angle revealed that he had been in talks with Dana White recently about joining the UFC’s roster. Spurred on by his role in the movie and his desire for a reprieve from personal problems, Angle said, he flew to meet with Dana White, who made him a handsome offer to fight for the UFC. Ultimately though, Angle said that he turned the offer down.
“The terms weren’t good, I mean not for me, and the terms I gave him weren’t good for him,” Angle explained. “He wanted me ready in four-and-a-half weeks; I wanted three to six months. 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.”
White came out earlier today with his version of the story, which is basically that it never happened.
“love Kurt, but not true,” White posted to his Twitter.
Regardless, Angle is apparently going to look into trying out for the 2012 Olympics; should he make the cut, Angle believes that he will “raise Dana White’s eyebrows.”