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WWE legend Steve Austin: If MMA existed a generation ago, a lot of guys in pro-wrestling would have done MMA instead.
By Zach Arnold | May 19, 2010
Bruce Buffer had a great interview with Steve Austin on Tuesday, talking about Hollywood and pro-wrestling and MMA. During the course of the interview, Bruce mentioned the stories about Steve Austin ‘breaking’ Sylvester Stallone’s neck during filming of the movie The Expendables. While filming scenes for a movie in Brazil, Austin mentioned that he and Stallone hung out with several MMA fighters:
“He’s a big pro-wrestling fan, he’s a huge MMA fan and you know we filmed part of the movie in Brazil and we got to meet the Nogueira Brothers, I met Vitor Belfort, of course you know between takes a lot of times we were filming into the wee hours of the night and I sit there one time and asked Randy Couture questions about fighting and everything else that went on in his career for three hours straight. Finally I looked at Randy and said, ‘all right, Randy, one more question,’ and he looked at me and goes, ‘I know you’re going to ask me more than one more question.’”
While discussing professional wrestling on the Sherdog interview, the topic of The Steiner Brothers (Rick & Scott Steiner) came up, which led to Austin pontificating that a lot of the big stars over the last generation in professional wrestling would have considered doing MMA had MMA existed on such a high-level like it is now:
“There’s a lot of guys in the business that could go. You know back in the day you know as MMA has evolved and has turned into what it is now, so many of the guys I think would have been tremendous in that sport if they had started sooner. I remember growing up in South Texas that if it had been around a long time ago you know it’d be something that I would have been really interested in because I always liked individual competition. I’m not sitting here talking to you saying I would have been a UFC World Champion, I’m just saying that I have the mentality and the mindset that I would have liked to go down that road had I been exposed to it sooner in my life and that’s why I’m such a huge fan of the UFC and MMA in general. But going back to those Steiner Brothers, they were double-tough but don’t mistake them for being mean, they were just cantankerous and funny guys and probably some of the best guys you’d ever want to meet on the road and if you did ever want to get in a fight you damn sure want The Steiner Brothers on your side.”
It’s also not just pro-wrestlers but also pro-wrestling announcers who are very big into MMA. Steve Austin discussed the prospects of Jim Ross as a future MMA announcer:
“Yeah, I really do because I know Jim is an MMA fan, I know he watches as much as he can and you know he’s one of my best friends and you know that’s what he does and I think he knows a lot of transitions of psychology and at the end of the day you know you’re telling a story about what’s happening to you right there in front of your eyes and you know the story’s true is because it’s happening, it doesn’t matter whether it’s professional wrestling or MMA, the story’s the same, you have this guy and that guy and they’re fighting each other and so you call it as see it, so in that regard as far as maybe a few terminology pickups and stuff like that he would maybe learn, I think the guy would be outstanding.”
The Austin interview was a big score in what has turned out to be a very good month for Bruce Buffer. This weekend, he will be celebrating his birthday (it’s on 5/21) in Las Vegas when The Luxor Hotel & Casino will open The Bruce Buffer Poker Room.
On the weekend of UFC 114 on 5/29 in Las Vegas with Rampage Jackson vs. Rashad Evans, there will be a UFC Fan Expo in Vegas and part of the festivities will be a “Buffer 180″ contest hosted by Silver Star. When Silver Star got their first shipment in of Buffer shirts, they sold them out. As for the “Buffer 180″ contest, there will be tryouts on the Friday of the UFC 114 weekend and then the finalists will compete on Saturday for Silver Star prize packages.
Here’s how Buffermania describes the contest:
“There’s going to be some foolishness. I hope they have them sign disclaimers before they go up on stage. I guarantee you that there’s going to be one or two people in the bunch that are going to try to pull off a 360. God bless you. Be careful, that’s all I can tell you.”
And here is Bruce describing what goes through his mind before he goes the “Buffer 180″ and the “Buffer 360″ moves:
“I’m getting my head into the game, I’m getting my blood flowing, I’m getting in there to announce the greatest warriors in the world but at the same time I’m limbering up my body because I just don’t stand stiff and announce like most every other announcer does with all respect, so I recommend that if you’re going to enter the 180 contest which starts on Friday the PR’s at UFCFanExpo.com and you can go there and you can see what’s involved, you’ll be signing up at the Silver Star Booth you’ll have to try a 180, show how you announce in the Silver Star Booth, and I think the way it works is the the Top 30 people, they’re expecting a lot of people, the Top 30 people will come back on Saturday and compete for prize packages put together by Silver Star which will not be cheap prize packages, trust me, there’ll be a lot of gear in there.”