Kurt Angle eyeing the UFC
"I just talked to somebody who is as good of a source as there could possibly be. He told me that Kurt Angle BADLY wants to sign with the UFC, and is so intent on making it happen, he's not going to be hard to make a deal with financially.
This doesn't mean the UFC is even slightly interested. If they're smart, then they won't be. Kurt has serious, serious problems that have to be addressed. His issues are so far and beyond what Mark Kerr's were on his worse day.
For people who don't know the recent back story, Kurt's pretty much physically destroyed, he's as broken down as a person can be. The list of major injuries (not all of his injuries, but his major ones) is mind blowing. He's had to take more and more painkillers to be able to function, to the point where his wife has left him over it despite being pregnant with their second child. People close to him have tried to get through to him, but he refuses to listen. Those around him are afraid he's going to end up dead, soon, if he doesn't get a lot of help. Afraid, as in whenever the phone rings, they hold their breath.
The WWE instituted their Wellness Program shortly after Eddie Guerrero died last year, which tests for steroids, masking agents, illegal street drugs, and excessive levels of prescription medicine. The results of the painkiller tests forced WWE to suspend him without pay for 30 days. When that was up, he came back but there was no change. Almost immediately, he suffered a torn groin, a torn hamstring, and broken ribs (I believe that was the 3rd injury, it might have been something else.) He refused to heal up, and got to the point of taking an even scarier amount of painkillers.
Basically, he was given an ultimatum, but refused to enter rehab. The WWE decided they had no other alternative but to wash their hands of him, and gave him a total, unconditional release. They realize what the likely ending of this story is going to be, and Vince McMahon was terrified of having another major death in his company in under 2 years. Kurt Angle dying on his watch would be disastrous for the company.
They initially tried to play it off as a mutual decision, and that Kurt was welcome back whenever he wanted, as long as he was healthy. Angle even did an interview, where he admitted to having a pain killer addiction (he had never denied needing painkillers in the past) and that he couldn't physically function without taking them.
But that was pretty much WWE being nice, and allowing Angle to save face, because it was 100% them firing him.
They were trying to protect his reputation, up until yesterday. They sent out a message on their mobile alert service, saying that Kurt was furious and emotionally distraught when he was leaving the building upon being fired, basically admitting he was fired due to his drug problem, in attempt to muddy his name.
So cut to where the UFC fits in. Angle is furious and bitter over what he feels was a betrayal. He feels that he wrecked his body for the company, and sacrificed his health, only to be stabbed in the back and kicked to the curb. He wants to stick it to the WWE, and feels fighting for the UFC is the best way to do it. He knows how paranoid McMahon is about them, and how frustrated by the success they have had. He thinks that his name and popularity, as well as his athletic pedigree, will bring a huge amount of mainstream attention to the UFC, which would allow him some measure of revenge against the WWE, at least as much as he can get.
Hopefully, this doesn't happen. Angle is a time bomb right now. Both physically, mentally, and emotionally. His body is destroyed, and he's an emotional mess now, with possibly losing his family, and his career, all at the same time. His neck is in such bad shape, that he is 1 bad landing from being paralyzed. The rest of his body is wrecked. But he's a machine, and won't stop. He'll train like a madman, and put himself in a situation he has no business being in, even if he is matched up with a scrub. Zuffa does not need the risk that is attached to Angle. He's a public relations catastrophe waiting to happen for them if they sign him. If Vince McMahon thinks somebody is too much of a risk, that should tell Zuffa all they need to know. Even if they wanted to, I don't see there being any way he passes the medical exams and drug tests. There's no covering up all of his injuries, and no masking what is in his body."
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