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Kurt Angle Says He Almost Left Impact Wrestling For UFC, Discusses His Plans For The Olympics, More

Written by Brooks Oglesby on Aug 31, 2011 - 10:19:50 PM

Kurt Angle was recently interviewed by MMA Weekly. In the interview, Angle claims that he almost went into MMA after competing in the 1996 Olympics instead of joining WWE:

"Right after the Olympics, I had the chance. Was I going to go into pro wrestling or the UFC? I talked to the UFC, but at the time they were only paying their top fighters 15 grand to fight, and here WWE throws this big contract at me. It's kind of like, let me see, do I struggle and go in the UFC or do I go here and make a bunch of money? Obviously, the decision was very easy."

He also says that he almost left Impact Wrestling at one point to join UFC:

"I actually contacted Dana White again after the movie. I flew out to meet him once and got a great offer. I contacted him again, I was thinking about dropping out of Impact Wrestling, and there were some personal problems with my marriage and I just wanted to get away. I contacted Dana White, I flew out, and he had me take the UFC physical. I passed it, thank God, and he gave me the offer."

White has since said on his Twitter account that Angle's claim isn't true, however Angle continues to assert that he's telling the truth. He also discusses his plans to compete in the 2012 Olympics and more.

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