Ric Flair is a name that will likely never be forgotten in the world of professional wrestling.
In a time when the sport was being viewed as a blue-collar environment, Flair was strutting around as “The Nature Boy.”
So, would Flair have ever stepped inside the Octagon instead of the squared circle had MMA been as big as it was during his heyday in pro wrestling? Not a chance, says Flair, in an interview with WrestleNewz.
No, I wouldn’t. I will watch MMA if someone I know is actually in it, but all the guys I know personally are gone.
Flair eluded to former fighters Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz and Brock Lesnar as those he followed before saying, “The other guys now, I don’t want, because I don’t care about them.”
Lesnar is one of a handful of MMA fighters who transitioned from pro wrestling, and Flair pointed out several others that likely would have experienced plenty of success in MMA.
I’ll tell you, I have been in matches with Bruiser Brody that were tougher than any MMA match! Especially in Tokyo. Same thing with Stan Hansen. Try getting in the ring with him one time in Tokyo, brother. Good lord! And F.Y.I., nobody in MMA could have beaten Harley Race or Dick Slater. Those guys were just that tough.
What’s your take on Flair? Would some of the old “tough guys” of pro wrestling have found success in MMA?
You can view the complete interview with Flair on WrestleNewz.com.