6 MLB Players We'd Love to See Enter MMA When They Retire
One of the sports I love watching besides baseball is mixed martial arts, and I must say that I often wonder how certain baseball players would be at it.
Some of the best guys in the game today are incredible athletes and in the MMA world, you need to be that and much more. From striking to ground game, nothing is guaranteed in that world.
That said, the question poses itself: which players would we want to see do MMA after they retire from baseball? More importantly, would they be good at it or get clowned Jose Canseco-style?
Regardless of that, here are some MLB players who, should they choose to venture down that path upon retirement, I would love to see enter the Octagon.
No. 6: Jayson Werth
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Weight: 220 lbs
It's safe to say that up to this point, Werth's tenure with the Washington Nationals has been disappointing. Thus, in the event that he fails to improve over the remaining five-plus years on his contract, he should definitely add some MMA work to his training regimen.
Look at it this way, he has great height and could fight in one of two weight classes: at heavyweight staying at his current weight of 220 lbs, or he can slim down to 205 and fight at light heavyweight.
Should he succeed in the latter class, it would provide him the chance to square off against current UFC LHW champion Jon Jones, who is 6'4".
Call me crazy, but I'd pay good money to see that fight, especially since Werth already has a UFC fighter look going for him with the long hair and bushy beard.
No. 5: Carlos Lee
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Weight: 269 lbs
I have no clue as to what Lee's fighting skills are like, but I know this much—if he entered the MMA world, his nickname alone would provide the man introducing the fighters with some vocal gold.
"Fighting out of the red corner...EL CABALLO...CARLOS...LEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!"
No. 4: Adam Dunn
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Weight: 285 lbs
Based on size alone, Dunn looks just plain scary. Yet, that is the exact reason as to why he should drop 20 pounds and enter MMA as a heavyweight.
On top of his size, it should be noted that Dunn was recruited by the University of Texas to play football, so he probably knows how to hit people hard and can also take a punch. Also, let's not forget that he's seen his fair share of fighting action on the baseball field.
No matter how you look at it, he's a knockout artist in the making and could use his baseball success to build a fan base.
No. 3: Jonathan Broxton
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Weight: 300 lbs
OK, so chances are that Broxton will always be too slow to be a professional MMA fighter. Still, I think it'd be worth it for him to at least try.
Currently MLB's resident fat man, he could form a likeable duo in that same department in the MMA world, with his partner being current heavyweight fighter Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
No. 2: CC Sabathia
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Weight: 290 lbs
Sabathia is a workhorse who has the ability to run high pitch counts and pitch deep into games without getting overly tired, so his cardio must be amazing. In the MMA world, that is one of the greatest keys to success.
Should he choose to enter the sport once he's done with baseball, he'd already have a distinct advantage over many other fighters.
On top of that, am I the only one who thinks he looks like former PRIDE and DREAM fighter Bob "The Beast" Sapp?
No. 1: Alex Rodriguez
Weight: 228 lbs
Forget that A-Rod is just a phenomenal athlete who was recruited to play quarterback for the University of Miami. Just watch the video to the left and tell me that you wouldn't want to see him beat someone up in the Octagon!