WWE superstar Kane has laughed off reports he was involved in a bar room brawl with former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia.
Earlier this week, blogs and Internet forums were reporting that Affliction fighter Sylvia had suffered a broken nose and black eye at the hands of the Big Red Machine. They had supposedly traded blows at a venue in Detroit with the 7'0", 320lbs wrestling star, real name Glen Jacobs, said to have come out on top.
However, a WWE spokesman immediately dismissed the story, saying: "This is a total fabrication."
Pals of the pair added that neither man had been in Detroit at the time of the alleged incident. And now, for the first time, Kane has spoken out about the rumours.
Speaking exclusively to SunSport, he said: "I was sitting at home at the time and someone told me—that was the first I’d heard about it.
"I hear I handled it pretty well though. I’m happy with myself! I’m pretty sure Tim won’t hold a grudge."
Wondering what would happen if an MMA and WWE fighter did meet under UFC rules, the former world champion added: "Look at what Brock Lesnar’s doing.
"Undertaker trained MMA style and I have to some extent too. I actually got my start as a shoot fighter in Japan.
"Wrestlers are a little tougher than we’re generally given credit for and I think we’d represent ourselves well.
"By the same token, how well would the MMA guys fare in the WWE ring?
"I respect what they do though. They are tough guys and have done a great job marketing their sport."