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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Record-Setting Pro Wrestler Getting Ready To Try Hand At MMA

I don't know much about the guy, but Mike "Rage" Miller (who, in January 2005, squatted a world-record weight of twelve-hundred-pounds and began wrestling two-years after, probably best known for his stint in Afa's WXW), citing his disdain for pro wrestling's politics, has decided to enter the world of mixed-martial-arts.

Miller had been hoping his size, look, and strength credentials would get him into WWE, and was trying to work toward that goal, but according to Miller, the company was more interested in playing games with him (though it sounds more to me as if they were just trying to politely tell him he wasn't yet ready for the leap).

Miller's new plan is to fight as an amateur (he's supposedly debuting in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on November 7) and then get the eventual attention of the UFC, in hopes of signing with that promotion.

Call it a hunch, but I have a feeling Miller's age (he's in his mid-to-late-thirties), and his lack of mobility, flexibility and name recognition (no offense, but this guy won't have the built-in following Brock Lesnar did, and if you doubt the power of politics in the UFC, just take a look at Lesnar's next bout), practically ensures that, in his new profession, he'll get about as far as he did in pro wrestling.