Alberto Del Rio says he would return to mixed martial arts fighting, if the money is right.
In an interview with The Roman Show, the former WWE champ said he wouldn’t mind fighting inside a cage.
Del Rio won’t be fighting, but he will be calling the action for the Combate Americas MMA event at 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 on NBC Universo .
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“Since I left WWE, everyone has been trying to get me in their organization to fight again,” he said, “but the money is just not there. Luckily I do pretty well in wrestling. I am one of the most paid pro wrestlers out there. If the money is not there, then there’s no reason for me to go back in there to fight and hurt my body.”
Del Rio last fought MMA in 2010. He holds a 9-5 record with most of his wins via submission. His most notable match was against MMA legend Mikro Filipovic, which he lost by knockout.
Del Rio revealed how he got the play-by-play announcing gig for Combate Americas.
“My good friend Campbell McLaren has been trying to get me to join the organization, since I left the WWE; since the beginning, he’s been trying to convince me to get in the ring or cage and fight again,” he said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t get a good deal talking about money wise. We found this way, being part of the organization without fighting. He invited me as an announcer.”
When asked about fighting a fighter such as MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, who is coming out of retirement, he would accept a challenge, but the money has to be right.
“If the money is there, why not,” he said.
He also discussed wrestler treatment in Mexico with the passing of El Hijo Del Perro Aguayo, who died almost instantly during a match.
“It’s difficult to accept, when someone like him goes before his time -- especially for us in the business,” he said. “We all know what risks we have, when we go out there -- if you do something wrong or if the other guy does something. All we can do is learn from that mistake. The organizations in Mexico need to change the way they treat the wrestlers, the way they treat the sport. We live a different situation down there. It’s just a few guys like myself and Rey Mysterio who get treated the way we deserve; they don’t do the same with the other wrestlers. It’s about to change.”
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