With the recent signing of CM Punk and steady rumors of Brock Lesnar coming back to the UFC, the competition might also want to look for a little backup from within the world of professional wrestling.
For weeks now, former WWE standout and Pride FC veteran Alberto del Rio was in talks of returning to full-contact prize fighting and joining his former WWE colleague Bobby Lashley in Bellator MMA. Now, the Mexican pro-wrestling superstar denied any of that:
"There's some offers out there. But I don't want to go back to MMA, because, number one, I'm making money in pro wrestling. And I'm 37 years old right now. I don't know if that's something that I really want to do. I will do it if the right money is there. So far, all the offer's good, but they're not so spectacular as to make me go back to the MMA world. I've been saying this since the first offer came: If you make me the right offer, I will do it. I'll just need time to train and get back into fighting shape."
(Transcription taken from www.wrestlinginc.com)
Del Rio was released by WWE in 2014 after personal differences with the brass. He has an extensive background in amateur wrestling and simultaneously competed in MMA during the early days of his pro-wrestling career, racking up a record of 9-5.
As the masked luchador Dos Caras Jr., he even made two appearances in Pride FC, where he lost via headkick KO to Mirko Cro Cop in 2003 and dropped a decision to Kazuhiro Nakamura in 2004. Del Rio is currently under contract with the Mexican-American wrestling promotion "Lucha Underground".