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Kurt Angle Reveals He Turned Down UFC Twice Before Joining TNA

Posted By: Ben Jordan Kerin on Aug 02, 2021

Kurt Angle Reveals He Turned Down UFC Twice Before Joining TNA

WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle recently revealed that he turned down two UFC deals.

Angle told Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful that he decided to join TNA over UFC in 2006.

He said:

“It got pretty serious in 2006 after I left WWE. I flew out to meet with Dana White. He offered me a contract. It was a really good contract and at that time, I’d just signed with TNA. I didn’t want to ruffle the feathers by telling TNA, ‘Listen, I’m gonna go MMA.’ Because Dana White, when I signed my deal with TNA, said, ‘Well, you can’t do both. You have to do one or the other. You can’t do both.’ I said, ‘Well, I’m going part-time in TNA. I can do both.’ He said, ‘I can’t have you do both. I need you full time.’

“So, I had to decide and I’d already signed with TNA. So, it was like, oh well. I might as well continue. In the back of my mind I was saying to myself, ‘I broke my neck five times already. I know my strength isn’t at 100%. My upper body strength, I lost about 40% strength in my arms, my shoulders. I have trouble with motor skills in my fingers.’ So, my neck was probably the reason why I didn’t follow through with MMA.”


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