Bo Jackson. Deion Sanders. And Carlos Correa? There have been a handful of wildly profitable two-sport athletes that performed Main League Baseball in addition to one other skilled sport at its highest stage, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa believes he might need what it takes to do the identical by crossing over into the UFC sometime.
At the very least that’s what the 25-year-old revealed to MMA Junkie’s Mike Bohn when he mentioned he would like to attempt it.
“I’d like to cross over into the UFC,” Correa mentioned.
Correa was an All-Star in 2017 in addition to one of many key gamers on the 2017 World Sequence championship group.
You may watch Bohn’s complete interview with Correa under.
Correa Grew up Boxing and Follows Fight Sports activities Carefully
Whereas it’s extremely unlikely that the Astros or another MLB group would contractually permit one in all their prime stars to compete in fight sports activities, Correa does at the least possess a number of the requisite information which may assist make such a crossover to MMA profitable.
Correa is an avid fight sports activities fan. He’s appeared in a number of video segments not too long ago discussing the UFC with the likes of Bohn and ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, and he precisely predicted on his personal podcast Justin Gaethje’s current upset win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249.
Moreover, Correa instructed Bohn he has some precise expertise combating inside a boxing ring, which is one thing that would assist him be taught the hanging strategies utilized in MMA.
“I grew up boxing and I cherished it, however I spotted…in baseball, you don’t get hit as a lot,” Correa mentioned. “In boxing, I’m going to must be continuously getting hit within the face and abdomen within the ribs and that hurts.”
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House Run Hitter Desires Knockouts
Correa has hit 102 dwelling runs throughout 5 MLB seasons.
“I caught to baseball and it labored out properly for me,” Correa mentioned. “However undoubtedly I’d like to attempt.”
He’s proper about that. Baseball undoubtedly labored out for the slugger.
Correa was the primary total choice within the 2012 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2015 successful the American League’s Rookie of the 12 months award that very same 12 months.
Nonetheless, regardless of all that success, Correa has an itch that perhaps solely taking part in at the least one MMA guidelines cage struggle can scratch.
“Getting KO’d, I’d like to know what that appears like within the Octagon,” Correa mentioned. “But additionally getting a KO.”
Carlos Correa vs. Jon Jones?
Correa is for certain he may make the UFC’s mild heavyweight restrict.
Furthermore, he mentioned if he decides to crossover into MMA, he’d accomplish that primarily to be taught extra concerning the sport he loves, significantly about what the fighters expertise contained in the UFC’s Octagon.
“It’s exhausting to discuss it and discuss concerning the changes fighters must make if you’re on the sidelines,” Correa mentioned. However if you’re really in there feeling the ability out of your opponent, it’s robust to make these changes. It will likely be a special perspective in case you’re in a position to get in that Octagon.”
However Correa doesn’t appear to have any delusions of grandeur. He is aware of that going through the likes of UFC mild heavyweight champion Jon Jones would go simply as properly for Jones as it could the opposite method round if Jones and Correa determined to have a house run hitting contest.
“I weigh about 215, 220,” Correa mentioned. “I may make 205 simply. So, Jon Jones would kick my ass.”
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