The he said she said between Kurt Angle and Dana White continues. Here’s how it works: Kurt Angle says some stuff about how he was totally nearly almost in the UFC but some tiny detail derailed the whole thing. Then Dana gets asked by reporters what the deal was and responds “Uuuuuh, no.” After several rinse and repeats, Dana has finally outlined exactly what the deal was with Angle:
“I like Kurt Angle,” White said. “He’s a nice guy. I’ve never had any problems with Kurt Angle. Good guy. Kurt Angle was calling me to fight in the UFC. He wanted to fight in the UFC. He wanted to come over here and whatever, especially after Brock got in.”
White carefully chose his words as he discussed the situation, and he said he didn’t it to sound like he was bashing or disrespecting the 42-year-old.
“What I offered him was, I said, ‘Come over here. I’ll put you on ‘The Ultimate Fighter,”” White said. “The season Kimbo Slice was on, I was going to put him on ‘The Ultimate Fighter.’ He wanted to do it.
“We worked out a deal, but he didn’t pass the medicals.”
And thus ended Angle’s brief flirtation with the UFC.
What’s shocking here is how accurate this is compared to some of Kurt’s past statements. And here I was thinking pro wrestlers were incapable of telling the truth. It’s like all those chair shots and concussions have sent them halfway between alternate universes where a totally different reality exists. These poor inter-dimensional superstars.
So let’s summarize:
- Dana White offered a TUF slot to Angle: True!
- Dana wanted Kurt to jump in with little prep: True!
- Dana was going to pay Kurt a buttload of cash: True!
- Kurt was going to fight Kimbo on PPV: False
- Kurt Angle passed his medicals: False
I’m not going to niggle over tiny details like Kurt vs Kimbo on PPV or TUF – if they were both on the same season of TUF, that’s good enough for me. But one thing Angle said over and over in all his interviews was that he passed his medicals. Which he did not. Those of you with above average fixations for spandex and ring-based soap opera know the deal: Angle’s vertebrae is like a spongy jigsaw puzzle with half the pieces missing. It’s amazing he even wrestles. Fortunately no one cares about the health of pro wrestlers, so he’s good to go there. In the world of MMA … not so much.