Well it seems that we won’t be seeing Kurt Angle competing in the IFL anytime soon now…
Jarry Park has a short, but must read interview with Angle where he clears up the rumors that he had pulled out of a scheduled fight against Ken Shamrock at an IFL event last September:
A couple of weeks ago on HDNet’s Inside MMA, Ken Shamrock and Kurt Otto had some not-so-flattering things to say about Jarry Parker (catchy, eh?) Kurt Angle’s interest in mixed martial arts. Basically, Otto said that after Angle sat in the front row at an IFL event in September 2007 he got cold feet and decided against fighting Shamrock at an IFL event. Shamrock then implied that Angle was scared to go toe-to-toe with “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.”
“That’s because they tried to force a fight with me and Ken in two and a half months. (It’s) not enough time to take off from TNA and train for a fight. They rushed it…I would have never been ready. They didn’t care. He just wanted PPV buys.”
At this point it seems that the possibility of Angle and the IFL hooking up are slim to none. I’m kind of wondering if we’ll see Angle ever fight MMA at all. From what he’s said in the past he wants to take at least a year to train and learn before he competes. Well his TNA schedule doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all and he’s not getting any older. Maybe Brock Lesnar being successful would be enough to entice him to throw his hat back into the ring.
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