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More WWE in MMA rumblings

I love how Mark Cuban is talking about ‘legitimizing’ the sport of MMA and at the same time contemplating a partnership with the WWE:

“We’ve been in discussions with the WWE, Vince and Linda McMahon and Shane about doing some cross promotions under the HDNet Fights banner,” said Cuban. “Since they do a great job of putting together events, within some of the restraints that I talked about, the no ring girls and obviously the events have to be straight up, there’s no scripted anything, but they want to get into that side of the business. They realize that if they just brand it as WWE, that people aren’t going to believe that it’s not scripted, but if they work with Mark Cuban and HDNet Fights and the Dallas Mavericks approach, then people will trust it.”

I’m always conflicted when I hear rumors that the WWE wants to move into MMA. The responsible adult in me thinks it’s a horrific idea that will result in the end of civilization as we know it. But the kid in me would kill to see the crazy shit that would happen as a result.

  • garth

    could this be something like a “bout where the outcome was predetermined”?

    of course, watching josh koscheck do a backflip off the top of a cage would be worth it. also, spandex! SPANDEX! SPANDEX!!!!!1!

  • garth

    the more i think about it the more it could be seriously hilarious. who hasn’t watched the stomach-churning antics of these guys and thought, desperately, “lord i wish the other dude in spandex and face paint would just smack that guy in the ear-hole!!
    Hell, I’m thinking it right now.

  • intenso


  • fightlinker

    Didn’t you know? Since Benoit murdered his entire family, the WWE is like totally HOT.

  • Thomas

    I was all for Mark cuban getting into MMA but know…god help us. Is it too early for Zuffa to buy Cuban out?


    I guess this isn’t like it sounds as Vince has no plans on getting into MMA yet. Take it for what it’s worth but I think the discussions with WWE might be for filler material on HDNet and not necessarily for Vince McMahon to be part of the MMA project.

  • kentyman

    Correction: It’s Ed McMahon.

    I listened to The Lost Episode.

  • fightlinker

    Ugh. I knew it was a mistake putting that pile of shit up. :-/

  • kentyman

    No way, it was awesome. Not enough farting, though.

  • maafaka

    fightlinker, is that this “kid in you” that makes you a Ken Shamrock nuthugger ?

  • fightlinker

    The kid or the retard, I’m not sure which :-p