Could Kurt Angle Make a Sucessful Transition to MMA?

xxValentinoxx Aka rashadCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 07:  Pro wrestler Kurt Angle (R) and wife Karen Angle arrive at Spike TV's 2007 'Video Game Awards' at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on December 7, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Spike TV)

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This is a question that I have been thinking about for a while.

We all know that Kurt Angle is, arguably, the best wrestler today. Angle has expressed some genuine interest in doing mixed martial arts before the end of his career.

He has great wrestling skills, but lost a lot of weight since signing with TNA. He would likely be put in the light heavyweight or welterwieght division.

Angle would obviously have a big impact. He is an Olympic gold medalist. Could you imagine the hype around a Lesnar-Angle match in the UFC?

I believe it would, technically, be the rubber match, since Lesnar beat Angle at Wrestlemania and Angle defeated Lesnar in Japan. They could hype that match a lot with videos of those two encounters.

He could also have some great matches with Frank Mir, BJ Penn, Chuck Liddel, Quintin Rampage Jackson, and Rashad Evans. If you don't know, those are some big time players in the UFC.

Angle has also taken an interest in jiu-jitsu, so I would say Angle would be a pretty dominant fighter in the UFC if he completely got his head around it and was devoted.

The great thing about Angle performing in the UFC, or any MMA company in general, is that he could still use the finisher he is known for: the Ankle Lock. He has been using it throughout his entire career, so it would fit that he would use it in his MMA career as well.

Can Angle take a punch? That's the question that I'm wondering. Can he take having a broken nose? What if he is put in a guillotine? He has a history of neck injuries.

Will Angle even do MMA? That is the big question. I, personally, don't see it happening when his contract expires with TNA. Either he will re-sign with TNA or he will make a WWE return.

I think if he did do MMA he would be successful. What do you think?