Now we all know that a good amount of people not only follow MMA but they also drop crazy-jack on big MMA PPV events. Jim Rome knows this and he figured he would ask heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko about MMA during his radio show.
"To be honest I didn't really like [MMA] before. But when I was watching it, I got into the style of MMA and I think I have a lot of respect for MMA fighters. It's a very tough sport... You have to be so multi-functional, you have to be a wrestler, you have to be a good kickboxer, you have to be a good boxer, you have to be with good condition."
I feel like this is a common viewpoint amongst professional athletes. An athlete from one sport sees how difficult it is to perform in another sport and they have respect for the people who do it. Of course, competitive people always want to try something new and exciting.
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"I want to try the fitness. Just get in an MMA gym and just practice certain things. I used to wrestle, and I did judo when I was younger. As training, as fitness, perfect. Fighting, no."
Wladimir is not going to leave boxing for a career in MMA but it is interesting to see how he wants to train with MMA fighters. He always seems like a very interesting guy with boatloads of intelligence. It's just unfortunate that he is so uninteresting as a boxer. I would assume that if Wladimir was a little younger he would have been a dominant force in the MMA heavyweight division. Kermit Cintron is another fighter that comes to mind as a fighter who would be well suited to MMA. What other fighters could have been MMA fighters if they were just a bit younger?