Houston Astros star Carlos Correa feels he’s the perfect match out of any MLB participant to step into the octagon for a UFC battle.
Will it ever occur? Unlikely. Nevertheless, Correa, who’s an avid MMA following with his personal podcast on the game, admits he fantasizes about placing on a pair of four-ounce gloves and experiencing that rush.
“It might be me,” Correa mentioned on a current MMA Junkie Q&A when requested which MLB participant would make the perfect UFC fighter. “I’d like to cross over into the UFC. I grew up boxing and I liked it, however I noticed, ‘Man, in baseball, you don’t get hit as a lot.’ In boxing I’m going to need to be continually getting hit within the face and abdomen within the ribs and that hurts. I caught to baseball and it labored out properly for me. However undoubtedly I’d like to attempt.”
Along with a little bit of a boxing background, Correa mentioned he follows the game intently. On a current version of the his podcast, “The Walkoff,” he precisely predicted Justin Gaethje to beat Tony Ferguson on quick discover at UFC 249.
Correa intends to proceed to investigate the game going ahead, however he is aware of his information will ceaselessly be restricted to somebody who has by no means stepped within the cage for an expert bout. He mentioned he would like to undergo the complete expertise.
“Getting KO’d, I’d like to know what that seems like within the octagon,” Correa mentioned. “But additionally getting a KO. It’s laborious to discuss it and speak in regards to the changes fighters must make while you’re on the sidelines. However while you’re truly in there feeling the ability out of your opponent, it’s robust to make these changes. Will probably be a special perspective when you’re capable of get in that octagon.”
Quite a few roadblocks stand in the way in which of Correa’s dream ever coming to fruition. The previous No. 1 total decide, 2015 Rookie of the 12 months and 2017 World Sequence champion stays beneath contract with the Astros by way of the 2021 season, and is prone to obtain one other profitable deal afterward.
Athletes from different sports activities have made the swap over to MMA up to now, with CM Punk from the WWE being the newest and obvious instance. Correa’s state of affairs is way completely different, although, and therefor the prospect are slim.
The thought lingers in his thoughts, although, and Correa even is aware of what weight he’d battle at if this fantasy ever grew to become actuality.
“I could make 205,” Correa mentioned. “I weigh about 215, 220. I may make 205 simply. So, Jon Jones would kick my ass.”