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Dana to counter Strikeforce signing by offering big money to John Cena

he's closely watching the growth of the UFC and mixed martial arts.

"I appreciate what they've done business-wise. They continue to grow. It's very good to watch the progression of that sport because it reminds me of a then-young WWF, the NFL as they matured, the merger between the NBA and the ABA. They are at that juncture where they are still Wild West. They're still in-your face. But they've made the steps they need to do grow."

The "most interesting thing," he added, is where MMA goes next as far as developing new stars and new venues. "You have to understand this is an entity that was pretty much banned from everywhere. Slowly, they've kind of gotten back into circulation."

Lesnar will defend his UFC heavyweight title against interim title holder Shane Carwin at UFC 116 on July 3. But Cena says his answer's the same for any MMA league that comes knocking: "No matter what the amount of money, the answer's maybe."

Cena joined with fellow celebrity judges Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Erin Andrews of ESPN to announce the winner of Gillette's "Ultimate Summer Job Contest."

The part-time actor and rapper has starred in two feature films: The Marine and 12 Rounds. He has a new flick coming up called Legendary that's slated for a September release. "It may catch people off-guard because it's not me ducking bullets and jumping out of the way of explosions. But the story is fantastic."
 

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I can understand if he chooses to go with a lower caliber like Strikeforce first before fighting top level competition at UFC...

But ether way it will be interesting to see how he does in real fighting....
 

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John Cena could've been a beast if he would have went into MMA before he sold his soul to Vince McMahon. At this point he is way to old and makes enough money on his own to try and fight. He isn't hungry and has nothing except his wrestling. I really hope that Lashley was the last venture between "pro-wrestling" and MMA. Keep the actors doing what they do, making soap operas for white trash.
 

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Someone like Shelton Benjamin could cross over in a manner similar to Brock... But unfortunately he's already 34 years old, so if he wanted to do it it's almost his last chance to make an impact...

But his wrestling is outstandig, being Brocks training-partner in college, having a 122-10 record in amateur wrestling in high-school and 36-6 in college as well as being a two time all american...
Furthermore he was Junior College National Track Champion in the 100 meter and won the junior college national wrestling heavyweight title in 1996...

The credentials are there ;)

As to John Cena's comments, he's always a classy dude and the hardest worker in his business, which makes me respect him... Although, he doesn't have any experience that points towards him doing ok in MMA, and I think he's quite happy where he's currently at :)
 
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