Kurt Angle Claims Dana White Offered Him a Pay-Per-View Slot vs. “Kimbo Slice”

Former WWE and TNA wrestling champion, Kurt Angle claims further rumors that he was thinking about making the switch to mixed martial arts, this time claiming UFC President, Dana White wanted him to face renowned street fighter, “Kimbo Slice” on a Pay-Per-View event.

Angle, speaking via The Void, said:

“I’ve tried out five times; let me tell you what happened.I met with the IFL, I met with Pro VFC, I met with Pride, I met with the UFC twice, and the reason I did not sign with any of them was, the three other companies weren’t paying me near what UFC was offering, so there was a money issue; then, the UFC, who I would have signed with in a second — and I passed their physical, thank God — wanted me to start just four-and-a-half weeks later. No way. I had to do what they wanted under their terms. Me trying out for the Olympics is under my terms. I choose my weight class, how I’m gonna train, who I’m gonna train with, and that the US Open is when I’m gonna start. It was hard because I love Dana White and I respect him a lot. The first time I met him he wouldn’t let me wrestle and fight, and I had just signed with TNA, and I didn’t want to go back to TNA and say ‘Hey, I’m not doing this now…’ so he said ‘call me when you’re done wrestling.’ I called him a couple of years later – I was getting a little tired of wrestling – I said ‘Hey, I’m ready,’ so we had another meeting and he had me do a physical, and he threw a great offer at me, but said ‘I need you in four and a half weeks.’ I said ‘I can’t do that. You’ve gotta give me 3-6 months,’ but he said ‘I need you in four a half weeks,’ so I said ‘Well then; we’re not going to be able to do this.’ We didn’t talk for a while, but now we’re back to being good friends. The reason Dana White wanted me so quickly though, is because he wanted to put me in the next available pay-per-view against Kimbo Slice.”

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