WWE could be on the verge of adding another MMA legend to their roster on the biggest weekend of the year, although this man is at a very different end of the scale to Brock Lesnar.
Former UFC fan favourite and 38-fight veteran Phil Baroni is the man in question, who used his Twitter account to tell fans he's being flown to Wrestlemania in San Francisco this weekend to get a first-hand look at sports entertainment's biggest stage.
Baroni made his pro wrestling debut last month in Japan and has been training at the Future Stars of Wrestling school in Las Vegas, so there's a legitimate chance he could be the next MMA mainstay to try his luck in the WWE under a development deal.
Tweet gives hardcore fans hope
The 38-year-old with the brilliant 'New York Badass' moniker shared the news over talks with WWE on social media last night, with a strong reaction from fans.
Baroni would be an interesting acquisition for WWE, because he'd definitely cut a unique promo at least. Heavy hands, a huge physique and sunglasses were all permanent features of his run in both Pride and the UFC, with mixed success in the cage it has to be said.
Expect more MMA veterans to try and make shift
The 38-year-old should be applauded for being open to trying something new, a career path more fighters who are well past their prime should seriously consider.
Baroni may lack experience and will need time to develop in-ring skills, but he certainly has the personality to be an asset to the WWE in some capacity.
Don't expect another Lesnar to come in and be a main-event star by any means, but Baroni is a two-time All American wrestler who ticks a lot of boxes for the kind of unique individual that can thrive in the weird and wonderful world of pro wrestling if given the chance.
WWE fans, what do you think about Baroni's potential involvement in the company? Should more MMA personalities make the transition to the squared circle? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!
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