Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Bill Goldberg has said that 75 percent of UFC wrestlers would die to wrestle in the WWE. Although, Goldberg did add that the reverse scenario was also true with WWE Superstars wanting to wrestle in UFC.
Wrestlers going from the WWE to MMA and vice-versa may not been the most common phenomenon, but it does happen every now and then. UFC Superstar Ronda Rousey was seen at WWE WrestleMania 31 and Brock Lesnar main-evented UFC 200.
Even former WWE Superstar CM Punk, who left the company two years back, made his UFC debut at UFC 203, earlier this month albeit in a losing cause as he was destroyed by his opponent Mickey Gall.
Recently, there has been a war brewing between UFC and WWE after UFC Featherweight Champion, Conor McGregor had a mouthful to say about the WWE, which angered the folks at WWE and their Superstars retorted with jibes of their own. Goldber revealed that he found Randy Orton calling McGregor, ‘Conor McDonald’, the funniest.
Goldberg recently appeared on Australia’a “Submission Radio” podcast, where he said: "I thought the funniest thing I've ever seen was (Randy) Orton calling him 'Conor McDonald'. I think that is one of the funniest things I have ever seen," Goldberg said.
"Hey man, you have to embrace it. It's the same crowd. One grows up and feeds into the other. You can't tell me, and I said this before, that 75-percent of the guys wouldn't die to be professional wrestlers that are fighting, and vice versa. We have a lot respect for each other, a lot of us train in martial arts and a lot of them walk around and act like they're us. So the cross-promotion – Dana White is Vince McMahon in training. I've said that 20 years ago. I think it's business, I think it's smart business.
"Whether it's (Ronda Rousey) at Wrestlemania, whether Conor is working this thing. I can tell you one thing, I was around when Brock responded to Conor (laughs) and nothing that Brock does is a work. So the words that came out of his mouth, he fully believes and I do also. And I think that if it wasn't a work, then it's a sad situation when you have to talk crap about other organizations that you know your paths are never going to cross competitively.
“So at the end of the day, you're kind of like a keyboard warrior unless you want to step into the guy's gym or unless you want to do it on TV, you know, meet in the middle. I always thought that was kind of cheap, but hey, you know, he (Conor McGregor) doesn't know what he's talking about if he actually thinks that.
“I think that the cross-promotion is brilliant, as long as it doesn't get hokey for the UFC and as long as WWE can capitalize on the realism of what the UFC brings. It sure enhances Brock's stock when he walks over to do sports entertainment, I mean, let's be honest."
The former WWE Superstar also said that he wanted to see Brock Lesnar in the UFC again, but added that if the Beast Incarnate is indeed guilty of the drug charges that are currently levelled against him, then he sould be reprimanded.
"Absolutely, man (I want to see Brock fight in the UFC again). And I don't even know what that thing is he took," he said. "I never broached anything along those subject matters with Brock. That's his business. And like I said, what you just said is the second time I've ever heard of whatever that was, and the first time is when I read it. I don't even know what the hell it does.
“But obviously, you know, if you're cheating, then you should be reprimanded. Period. End of story. And do I think that he deserves an opportunity to go back? Absolutely. Because people have been caught before and had served suspensions and paid fines and come back. And at the end of the day, they're instant heels. So I mean, it further adds to the mystique of Brock – except for that fact that he turned a leaf and was being a baby face in that last fight. So that's kind of where I stand on it."
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