Ex-UFC Star Furious Over Dana White's WWE Remarks

UFC heavyweight hints at potential WWE career shift.

by Noman Rasool
Ex-UFC Star Furious Over Dana White's WWE Remarks
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In a recent development that has the combat sports community buzzing, UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis revealed ongoing discussions with WWE, hinting at a potential crossover into professional wrestling. This revelation came ahead of his decisive TKO victory against Rodrigo Nascimento, further fueling speculation about his future career plans.

Responding to queries after the fight, UFC President Dana White expressed surprise at Lewis's wrestling aspirations but supported the idea of UFC fighters exploring opportunities in WWE. "I didn't know that Derrick has been talking to WWE, but I am all for it.

I really like Derrick a lot. If our fighters dream of participating in a WWE match, I have no issue with that," White stated. He also referenced his past conflicts with WWE’s Vince McMahon, remarking, "I didn’t have a problem when Vince was consistently creating difficulties for no reason, and now that’s not happening, I’m definitely supportive."

Lawlor's Wrestling Struggles

The discourse took a dramatic turn when former UFC fighter and now NJPW wrestler Tom Lawlor chimed in.

Known for his outspoken nature, Lawlor took to social media to mock White’s comments, posting a sarcastic "L O f*cking L." Lawlor's discontent stems from his own experiences where his move to professional wrestling was met with resistance.

During a podcast, Lawlor recounted his time managing the reDRagon team against The Young Bucks in what was a highlight match at the 2014 War of the Worlds event. Despite his success, subsequent pressures from UFC officials led him to step back from wrestling.

"I was asked to cease my wrestling management despite being an independent contractor," Lawlor explained. He contrasted his career trajectory unfavorably with his peers, some of whom are now flourishing in AEW, reflecting a sense of frustration about his professional path influenced by earlier restrictions.

This ongoing dialogue between the realms of UFC and WWE, enriched by personal anecdotes and past grievances, highlights the complex relationship between the two sports entertainment powerhouses. As fighters like Lewis consider transitions similar to those made by Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey, the sports community watches keenly, anticipating the next big crossover.

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