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John Cena discussed the UFC in an interview with USA Today. In the brief interview Cena discusses his opinions about the UFC, possibly fighting, and UFC management.


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Post #1   6/19/10 6:06:48PM   

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To my knowledge John Cena is nothing more than an athletic body builder. So why would MMA be appealing to him? I'm sure the dude is in phenomenal shape but he's got to know skill wise he's nowhere even close to being able to compete with even the small promotions' fighters. Why would he risk the embarrassment of getting his ass kicked in some podunk competition?

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I think that's why he said he wouldn't even entertain the idea. I think he was refreshingly honest without talking ill about anyone. The worst he said was that the UFC wasn't for him.


On a related note, has anyone else heard the rumor that Batista was offered a 2 fight deal when he attended Strikeforce?

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He basically says that he won't fight, he's just interested to see how the sport grows.

correct me if i misinterpreted that, but he seems to be focused on his acting and WWE careers.

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That's pretty much what he said.

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Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

I think that's why he said he wouldn't even entertain the idea. I think he was refreshingly honest without talking ill about anyone. The worst he said was that the UFC wasn't for him.


On a related note, has anyone else heard the rumor that Batista was offered a 2 fight deal when he attended Strikeforce?



I agree that is why he said it. However, he didn't say it exactly like that. I'd be more than willing to bet those factors weigh in, though.

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I don't think he'd last long to be honest. He's a fit guy in tremendous shape, sure, but that's about it.

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Posted by BlueSkiesBurn

On a related note, has anyone else heard the rumor that Batista was offered a 2 fight deal when he attended Strikeforce?



Yes, I read that a non-major organization offered a big money deal for 2 fights that would be shown on pay per view. The first fight would apparently be against a former headliner whatever that means.

I don't think he will do anything MMA related because of his age, newness to the sport, and because he is extremely injury prone.


As for John Cena, don't forget that John Cena is as "company man" as you can get, so while he might not be too interested, the WWE probably doesn't want their top guy hyping up the UFC.

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Uh, have you seen the Undertaker lately? He attends a ton of UFC shows and his finisher is a gogoplata. He even wears the MMA gloves. He's far more company man than John Cena and he lives for MMA.

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Undertaker is one I definitely forgot so props to you as soon as I spread the love.

What I meant by company man is that the one guy you see everywhere pushing the WWE is John Cena. He is in movies, commercials, and is the biggest star WWE currently has. Undertaker, while he has been there longer than Cena isn't really seen in ads or interviewed too much because they want to keep him in character as much as possible.

I think while they say the UFC isn't competition, they are being hurt by the UFC's surge in popularity, so they don't need their top performer giving the UFC any credit at all.

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I honestly couldn't say for sure whether or not WWE is really being hurt by MMA or not. I haven't seen any statistical backing for the theory for one, and for two I think in a way MMA can actually help WWE. Although of course it could hurt it, too.

WWE has such a huge market share that it's crazy. Just like Nascar. 90% of people you know don't like either of them and yet they both have millions of fans. I can't help but wonder how many closet fans there are haha.

I respect John Cena. Even if he was brushing aside interest in the UFC for the sake of the WWE. He may be a company man but he's a damn good one from what I can tell. I also have a **** ton of respect for Undertaker. I'm not a fan of WWE at all (used to be when I was a kid) but I give props where they're due. Those guys take some serious beatings and when Undertaker was lit on fire and yet still wrestled I was in awe. You've got to appreciate the production quality of their events, too. All in all I'd have to say that I don't think WWE really has anything to fear from MMA and that Cena's comments were probably not so much said out of fear of MMA's rising popularity so much as they were said out of a legitimate stance of his. On top of that I think Cena has nothing to gain and everything to lose from competing in MMA like I mentioned before.

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I'll go on record stating I am a fan of the WWE. Have been since I was a kid. It's entertainment for me on Monday Nights. I've only ordered one PPV in a number of years which was the last Wrestlemania because I knew it was Shawn Michaels farewell party but I'll stream their PPV's if I don't have much else to do.

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I have always been a fan of pro-wrestling despite not watching it like I used to.
I think pro-wrestlers overall might fair pretty decent within MMA.
If nothing else,being on the road almost every day of the year while sacrificing your body would have to give you a mental edge to some degree so long as you weren't "too" broken.

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The problem is that most of these guys are extremely broken. WWE is no joke when it comes to the beating your body takes.

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