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Would You Pay Money To Watch Dwight Howard Participate In An MMA Fight?

Submitted by on November 9, 2013 – 10:39 amNo Comment

File this next story under “Never Going To Happen.”

During a recent MMA card in Houston, Dwight Howard made an appearance backstage and was videotaped talking about his love for MMA. Specifically, he was videotaped telling his Houston Rockets teammate Chandler Parsons and a bunch of other people who were backstage, that he would love to take part in an MMA fight one day. Howard said that he would do it if anyone offered to pay him $10 million to fight. That’s a pretty steep price for an MMA fighter. But in this case, we’re willing to bet that someone out there would pony up the money necessary to get Howard to take part in a PPV fight. But would anyone actually watch it?

We’re willing to be that they would. And we hope that UFC‘s Dana White or someone else out there heard Howard’s claim and takes him up on it. We’re not just saying that because we want to see Howard get his ass kicked, either. We’re saying it because it feels like there have been quite a few athletes over the years who have revealed that they think they would be good enough to take part in an MMA match. But very few of them have made a serious offer like Howard just did. So we would like to see someone say, “Hey, Dwight, here’s $10 mill. Be ready in two months!” We think it would be interesting to see how someone like Howard would stack up against a real MMA fighter. Even though the fight itself would probably be a total crock—we can only imagine the kind of fighter a promoter would find for him—we’re willing to bet that it would do a lot to enhance the image of MMA. Because if someone managed to beat Howard, it would show that MMA fighters are not to be taken lightly. It would also open up the sport to a whole new audience.

Unfortunately, we don’t think we’re ever going to see Howard in the Octagon. He has too much at stake in the NBA and too much money to make with the Rockets to be bothered with MMA. But who knows? One day, when he’s done playing basketball, maybe he will revisit the idea of taking part in an MMA match. In the meantime, all we can do is sit back and imagine the struggles that Howard would have in the world of MMA. He might think that he’s big and strong and tough in the NBA. But we’re willing to bet that he wouldn’t be able to make it in MMA. Too bad we’ll never know for sure.

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