“Me Against Shaq…”: Charles Barkley Has Hilarious Fight Request for UFC CEO Against Shaquille O’Neal

Published 12/05/2023, 9:06 PM EST

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That’s it, folks. We might finally have an official way to settle the hottest debate on sports television. Despite sharing the booth for more than a decade, the banter between Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley never gets old. Now, the Philadelphia 76ers legend has a unique proposition to settle their differences. Moreover, Barkley is so confident about finding a solution that the Round Mound of Rebound even made a plea to the UFC CEO.

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Dana White. Me against Shaq is a power slap match.” In typically hilarious and sporting fashion, O’Neal was even ready to supply a date for such a historic matchup. “May 18th. Pay-Per-View.”

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With his connections in the UFC, it’s safe to say a realistic matchup could be a genuine possibility. With the enormous fan following for both individuals and celebrity matchups garnering big numbers, White would certainly be on board for such an endeavor.

For well over two decades, this game of cat and mouse between the two Hall of Famers continues to entertain. Since the time they were battling on the court, the two have always been at each other’s throats. Over the years, their interactions continue to amuse and entertain all on-lookers.

Sometimes, it has even veered into potentially offensive territory as well. But their bond remains strong. However, a UFC fight between the two would be absolute money. Moreover, it could also bring a decades-old promise full circle for Shaquille O’Neal.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s promise to Dana White

Years ago, the Los Angeles Lakers legend made a promise to the CEO of the UFC. At the time, the sport hadn’t reached the global heights it has today. However, it was already immensely popular and the big man wanted to try his hand at it.

Unfortunately, plans never came to fruition. But, the 4-time NBA Champion continues to be a strong ambassador of the sport. Further, the relationship has even become a part of the family legacy, as his son Myles has even made his UFC debut.

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While the ship felt like it had sailed on a potential Shaq to the UFC move, a match with Charles Barkley could be enticing enough for the big man to make a consideration. Would you want to see the two old heads fight it out?

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