On the latest installment of his “Who’s Next?” podcast (30:00 onwards), Goldberg was talking with guest Muhammad ‘King Mo’ Lawal about the power of social media and his attempts to get his coach and business partner Ruben Rowell to start using it.
“We own Extreme Power Muay Thai here in Oceanside, [San Diego] California and I was in the gym with Ajarn Ruben. He is not really a social media guy and I wanted to show him how social media worked.
“So GLORY 19 was on [that] night and.. You know for me, as a longtime combat sports fan, the first two fights on GLORY 19 were some of the most exciting combat sports I have ever seen in my life. I mean standing on the edge of your seat waiting for somebody to get dropped any second.
“I put a tweet out saying ‘everybody watching GLORY tonight?’ and GLORY retweeted it and they said ‘We didn’t know you were a fan’. And I said ‘yeah I am such a fan I am training with two pros tomorrow morning’, and I mentioned who they were. And they came back and said ‘hey if we offered you a contract would you consider it?’ And I was like ‘Rueben, this is exactly what social media does!’ You want to reach out and touch people and affect people? You can do it instantly!
“Its an honor for them to even consider me for [GLORY] and I am seriously considering it. I don’t have anything to lose, I don’t have anything to prove. I just like being competitive, training three or four days a week. It’s fun man, I really want to do it, the point is, who do I do it with? So we will see man.”
Lawal, who commentated on K-1 events in Japan several years ago and has consistently proven himself to be a very competent fight analyst when discussing Mixed Martial Arts, advised Goldberg to go for it.
“I think you should pursue it. The hardest thing I have ever encountered is kickboxing and Muay Thai. Especially when you have a ‘give some, take some’ style like you… the fact you are training with pros shows you got some nuts because that stuff is tough… the fact you are doing it, you got 110% respect from me,” he said.
Goldberg’s point about “who do I do it with?” is a fair one, given his age and inexperience in the sport. One name who might fit the bill is WWE veteran Albert del Rio, who was recently name checked by GLORY CEO Jon Franklin as having expressed interest in competing under kickboxing rules.
At 37 years old the Mexican has a solid age advantage over Goldberg but Goldberg probably has the advantage in training experience and access to high-level sparring partners. The concerns of kickboxing purists aside, there would be a neat bit of symmetry to two former WWE standouts fighting for real and one would assume that would translate into good ratings.
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