Goldberg: I Would Have Been Doing MMA After My Football Career If The Pay Was What It Is Today

Bill Goldberg almost was an MMA fighter.

Back in the early days of MMA, it was not what it is today. A majority of the world who hated it would try to make it illegal in all fifty states, labeling it as ‘human cockfighting’ despite most of them saying they never watched a fight to begin with.

During a conversation with the Nothing Left Unsaid podcast with Tim Green, Bill Goldberg opened up about him almost thinking about doing MMA after his pro football career was over.

“100000% percent. No question,” Goldberg said. “Back in the day, the guys who were fighting at UFC were training at my gym. I owned a gym after Main Event Fitness called Obaki Fight School in Atlanta. It was the largest MMA gym in North America. Those guys were training at my gym. Randy Couture, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman. I got to be good friends with them and we were talking about what they were making, as I was trying to decide what I was going to do. That option went completely off the table once I heard they were making 2 to 3 or $5,000 a fight. Absolutely ridiculous. Obviously, nowadays, it’s changed exponentially. I would have probably chosen mixed martial arts if the payscale was where it is now.”

Instead, Goldberg would go on to become an undefeated machine in WCW before signing with the WWE where he won the World Heavyweight Championship in both promotions.

h/t from Fightful.

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