Share this article

“I Might Have Been Ended Up Getting Paralyzed”- Disclosing Career Ending Injury, Kurt Angle Makes Sad Confession to Joe Rogan About Missing Dana White’s Huge Opportunity

Published 09/20/2023, 12:34 PM EDT

Follow Us

via Imago

While you have seen some UFC stars cross over to WWE, the reverse rarely comes true. A notable exception is Brock Lesnar, but there are chances that WWE legend Kurt Angle could have joined him. The talks, intent, and offer were there, but it all crumbled down due to his career-threatening injury.

America’s Favorite Video Today

Notably, the American wrestler recalled the time when he almost joined the ranks of the UFC when he sat down with Joe Rogan. He shared a good dynamic with UFC president Dana White, and the latter even offered him a couple of deals. One of them included the coaching duties on The Ultimate Fighter against Kimbo Slice, which both parties agreed upon until one hiccup dashed it.

Kurt Angle recalls his almost-signed UFC deal on JRE


Article continues below this ad

Speaking to the color commentator on JRE #ep. 2026, the 54-year-old mentioned that he had concerns about TUF coaches not getting paid. He wanted to get paid, and the UFC boss duly recognized his demand. Besides, his six-fight contract with the UFC was sealed, irrespective of the result of the fight.

“So he was going to pay me to be on the show. But he said, ‘If you win, you are going to get a six-fight deal and if you lose, I’ll probably still give a six-fight deal. Because I think you are going to be really good’,” the WWE veteran recounted.


Get instantly notified of the hottest UFC stories via Google! Click on Follow Us and Tap the Blue Star.

Follow Us

Hence, the UFC had the deal in the bag, and all it required was a physical test. Only a few technical procedures separated the wrestler from his UFC debut, but those remained unfulfilled. The former Olympic athlete failed the physical test. While he initially regretted it, he eventually made peace with it as he never stepped into the Octagon with a broken neck.

Kurt Angle’s injury woes saved him from a dreadful future


Article continues below this ad

The WWE star then detailed how, when he went to see the UFC head honcho, he even failed to do five pushups. He had long suffered from neck injuries dating back to his 1996 Olympics days. “So I’m glad I didn’t because my neck… I broke my neck five times,” Angle continued. “I want to fight with these world-class fighters, and my neck is like so messed up. My arms. I can’t do pushups. I can’t do anything, and I would have get my b*tt handed to me.”

via Imago

The damages could have even left him paralyzed, which Angle himself admitted. He lastly declared, “I might have been ended up getting paralyzed, to be honest with you. I was in no shape or condition to be able to compete with those guys. I was fooling myself, and I’m glad I failed the physical.”


Article continues below this ad

Therefore, his neck injuries prevented him from pursuing a career in the UFC. The Mt. Lebanon native, however, won’t rue the missed chance given his injury concerns. What do you think of these comments by Kurt Angle? Let us know in the comments below.

Watch This Story: Jorge Masvidal Wins the Race Against Mike Tyson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Triple H to Become Dwayne Johnson’s Successor at UFC 291 for the BMF Title

Providing feedback will help us make your experience better.

The Fan's Perspective

Enjoyed Your Read? Let us know how likely you are to recommend EssentiallySports to your friends!

Least Likely

Most Likely



Written by:

Rohit Lohan


One take at a time

Rohit Lohan is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, with a passion for the sport that has spanned over a decade. His fascination with MMA stems from the thrill of knockouts, and he strives to bring that same level of excitement to his writing. Rohit's love for gripping stories is reflected in his articles, where he masterfully weaves together the latest news with compelling narratives.
Show More>

Edited by:

Abhishek Das