Report: UFC Star Rashad Evans Interested in WWE Deal

Sharon GlencrossContributor IJuly 10, 2014

DELRAY BEACH, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Vitor Belfort (top) trains with Rashad Evans at the Jaco Hybrid Training Center on September 17, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Belfort will fight Jon Jones on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Per a recent report, one UFC fighter is interested in making the transition from MMA to WWE very soon. 

In this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer notes that injured UFC star Rashad Evans has been broaching the subject of a pro wrestling career over the last few months.

Meltzer writes: "Add Rashad Evans to the list of UFC fighters who have recently inquired regarding going to WWE. Evans, who is almost 35, is recovering from major knee surgery and had talked about considering retirement even before that."

Of course, WWE may seem like a lucrative, appealing option for many UFC champions whose fighting careers are on the wane—they may feel the amount of promo and interview work in MMA prepares them well for a run in the personality-dominated pro wrestling business—until you factor in the grueling schedule, prevalent backstage politics and bruising in-ring bumps.

OK, there was Brock Lesnar, who returned in 2012 after retiring from fighting and has had considerable success, but he had already been involved in wrestling before starting in MMA—he was trained in the ring and knew just what to expect.

Nov 16, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Rashad Evans (red gloves) fights against Chael Sonnen (blue gloves) in their light heavyweight bout during UFC 167 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Is Evans really going to be willing to take a couple of years out to go down to Florida Championship Wrestling to train to the point he is competent in the ring? 

It seems unlikely, doesn't it?

Lesnar also has a very relaxed schedule—he only works a handful of matches per year and makes sporadic appearances on Raw. While Evans is a significant star in UFC, it remains to be seen whether he could garner the huge deal Lesnar did.

Besides, it's not like the McMahons are desperate to snap up former UFC stars, as Meltzer goes on to note: “WWE and Vince McMahon in particular, are leery about using former MMA fighters, particularly big stars, since they are used to huge payoffs and he doesn’t think they’d survive the schedule.”


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