There is no truth to the rumor that Ryback is in negotiations to fight for Combate Americas MMA, which is the promotion in which Alberto Del Rio is the operating President.
Apparently Ryback has explored avenues in transitioning to mixed martial arts but has not began negotiating a deal to sign a deal to fight for any promotion.
There were discussions between the former mid-card WWE superstar and Bellator MMA earlier this year but they never went to the point of contract negotiations.
Ryback, who legally changed his name from Ryan Reeves to Ryback Reeves, left WWE in August when they couldn’t come to terms on a new contract. Ryback chose to sit out the final portion of his contract instead of being subjected to getting “jobbed out” for his final weeks with the company.
He’s worked the independent wrestling scene as The Big Guy and has pursued other revenue opportunities revolving around his Ryback brand. He legally changed his name in September so he can use the name Ryback, which is trademarked by WWE.
Ryback is not the first professional wrestler to make the transition to MMA (not by far) as former WWE now TNA Wrestling star Bobby Lashley is an active fighter for Bellator MMA. We all know about CM Punk, who competed in his first MMA fight ever earlier this month at UFC 203. Punk lost to Mickey Gall in a one-sided encounter.
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