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Dana White says he offered Kurt Angle to be on TUF 10 but he didnt pass medicals

Best80smovieRAD2011-10-09 16:24:01 +0000 #1
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – UFC president Dana White was willing to give Kurt Angle an opportunity in the UFC.

However, the 1996 Olympic gold-medal wrestler and WWE/TNA wrestling performer wasn't being targeted for a pay-per-view fight with Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.

According to UFC president Dana White, Angle simply was offered a slot on the heavyweights-only 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" a few years back.

In recent interviews, Angle has talked about White's supposed offer for a PPV slot. But White said that's simply not true.

Not surprisingly, they first discussed a deal seriously when fellow WWE vet Brock Lesnar moved to MMA and made a splash with the UFC. Lesnar went on to win the UFC heavyweight title and has become one of the organization's top pay-per-view draws.

"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.

"TUF 10" took place in 2009. With Ferguson, four NFL vets and a former IFL champion, the season shattered ratings records and remains the highest rated in the series' seven-year history. Ferguson, a former EliteXC headliner and YouTube street-fighting star, lost a first-round matchup to Roy Nelson and flamed out of the UFC soon after.

White isn't sure how Angle took the "TUF 10" offer to mean anything more.

"That's it," White said. "That's all I'm saying. I never set up a pay-per-view fight for him. I never told him, 'You're fighting Kimbo Slice on pay-per-view.' Kurt, you're a good guy, but that's not true, and that never happened.

"I thought it would be interesting, and I thought it would be cool, but never once did I say, 'We're going to set up a pay-per-view match with you and Kimbo.' That is not true."


seansloan2011-10-09 16:30:28 +0000 #2
Please refer to **** that doesnt deserve its own thread.Angle is a carny.
Spectre2011-10-09 17:13:04 +0000 #3
If a story is worth telling, it's worth embellishing.
Cbear2011-10-09 16:52:16 +0000 #4
Angle is almost at Hogan levels of revisionist history.
Spectre2011-10-09 16:50:30 +0000 #5
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Originally Posted by Cbear

Angle is almost at Hogan levels of revisionist history.

To be fair, I thought Angle was completely making this up. Turns out he was only partially making this up.
Mr-TKO2011-10-09 18:46:04 +0000 #6
we all know what "didnt pass his physicals" means! just ask Mr marquardt...

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