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Former UFC Champion Interested In Going To WWE?

When you talk to UFC fighters, a lot of them state their love for WWE. The only guys to compete in the UFC and WWE are former UFC champions Brock Lesnar and Ken Shamrock. Can we see another former champion leaving the UFC and head to the WWE?

Dave Meltzer in his weekly Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription only) stated that former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has shown an interest in going to the WWE.

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. Fighters who get to that point recognize that they need to plan for after fighting and WWE seems like a transition, but thus far we’ve never had anyone be successful at it in the U.S. except those who were pro wrestlers first (Lesnar and Ken Shamrock).

The report goes on to say that it’s not certain if Evans has directly talked with the company but has spoken to people in the wrestling business about possibly making the jump.  Others in the UFC have been linked to the WWE over the past few years including Chael Sonnen, Roy Nelson, Frank Mir and Shayna Baszler.  However, none of them have gotten far in that pursuit, especially with Vince McMahon not being totally on board with using former fighters because of the schedule the WWE requires and what they would expect for pay.

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Sonnen could the exception here because he is such a strong talker but with the currently controversy involving him and his recent failed drug tests, his jumping to the WWE is very unlikely anytime soon.

Right now, Evans is out of action after suffering a torn ACL in preparation for a fight with Daniel Cormier in February at UFC 170. No word on when Evans will return to the octagon.

Do you think Evans will leave the octagon and head to the squared circle?

About Steve Muehlhausen

Steven was a featured UFC columnist for Bleacher Report and a writer for MMASucka.com. He was also the host of the MMA show "The Fight Club Chicago" which aired for three years at various websites. You can email Steve at stevemuehlhausen@yahoo.com.

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