Harry Smith, also known as David Hart Smith, wants to make the move from the wrestling ring to the cage.
Smith’s father, Davey Boy Smith—better known by many as his in ring persona the British Bulldog—apparently had legitimate skills as a shoot fighter.
Meanwhile, Smith’s grandfather, Stu Hart, father of legendary WWE world champion Bret Hart, is well known for his accomplishments as an amateur wrestler and his knowledge of catch wrestling.
With that being said, take a look at what Smith’s mother, Diana Smith, told her followers recently on Twitter.
“My son Harry Smith is quite the shoot fighter, does everyone know that?" she wrote. "He is following in his dad Davey's and Grandfather Stu's footsteps."
Diana Smith gushed with confidence about her son’s mixed martial arts abilities, continuing:
"I actually think my son Harry Smith could compete in Pride, MMA/UFC now as a high level wrestler, he's honestly that good! Ask Josh Barnett."
Harry Smith and Barnett have trained together in catch wrestling and can be seen sparring in the DVD seminar W.A.R. Catch Wrestling: Lessons in Catch-As-Catch-Can with Billy Robinson.
CageSideSeats.com reported last month that Smith is getting serious about his MMA training, as he is now an assistant coach in the Scientific Wrestling certification program under the aforementioned Billy Robinson.
Do you think this is the beginning of a trend, started by Brock Lesnar, of WWE wrestlers making the transition to MMA?
Thus far, Robinson is very impressed with what Smith is capable of, stating that if he “personally trained Smith for 18 months, he could win the UFC Heavyweight Championship,” so clearly the youngster left an impression on him the last time they sparred.
Smith still has plenty of time to learn technique at 25 years old and has a huge frame: standing 6’5” and weighing around 250 pounds.
For the time being, bear in mind that Smith is still under contract with the WWE, but has only had a handful of TV appearances with them over the past year or so.
However, the annual WWE Draft takes place on the April 25 edition of Monday Night Raw and roster cuts are expected to soon follow.
Given his very small roll in the company, it is quite possible that Smith will be among these cuts and then be able to pursue an MMA career full time.
Thanks to mixedmartialarts.com for providing some details about Smith’s MMA training.