Another former WWE World Heavyweight Champion could be on his way to the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), and it's none other than Jack Swagger.
We've seen this little experiment play out before as former WWE Champion and professional wrestling mega-star CM Punk decided to sign a multi-fight deal with the UFC after departing from the WWE on such bad terms. Punk dedicated two years of his life to train for his first-ever fight, however, it wasn't enough to get him past the life-long experience of young welterweight prospect Mickey Gall, who finished Punk with a submission via rear-naked choke in the first round.
Despite his lack of success inside the Octagon, getting off virtually no offense at all, Punk has expressed his interest in continuing to fight and his next opponent is rumored to be revealed soon. It should be interesting to see not only how "The Cult Of Personality" fares inside the cage a second time around, but who the MMA promotional powerhouse matches him up with.
As for Swagger, his time with the WWE came to a close back in March after being disappointed with his spot on the roster. Once looked at as a top prospect and hoisting the World Heavyweight Title, Swagger was rarely being used on WWE TV towards the back end of his run with the company, and contract negotiations were presenting "The All American" with a price significantly less than what he believed he was worth.
Now Swagger has been working the indie scene and has begun reinventing himself as a professional wrestlers. Recently doing an interview with Sports Illustrated, Swagger commented on the possibilities of his athletic career now that he's done with WWE, and commented on the possibility of beginning a fight career similar to that of CM Punk (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"A fight would be a big risk. It could help my pro wrestling career, or it could hurt it. Once you're an amateur wrestler, you're always an amateur wrestler.
"I relate everything to amateur wrestling, including the way I watch basketball and the way I watch football. My brain thinks as an amateur wrestler. That's who I am."
What are your thoughts on Swagger considering a possible career jump to the MMA world? Will his experience as a high level collegiate wrestler pay dividends for him in the fight world? How successful would he be? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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