Earlier this year, it was announced by former WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio that he plans to return to action in the world of mixed martial arts. Del Rio recently served as the President of the Combate Americas MMA promotion, a position he later stepped away from in order to focus more on his professional wrestling career. Now, he is looking to return to the promotion as a fighter.
Del Rio has experience fighting in MMA, as he retired from the sport back in 2010. He walked away with a record of 9-5, having shared the cage with some of the sports’ greats, such as Mirko Cro Cop. Now, Del Rio is ready to get back into the cage and test himself in one of the purest forms of competition there is.
Speaking to “Busted Open Radio” recently, Del Rio revealed that he is targetting a date near the end of March or beginning of April to return to MMA:
“End of March, beginning of April. My last pro fight was 11, 12 years ago in Japan. Of course I train every single day, but it is different to be in shape and into fighting shape and I am getting into fighting shape,” Del Rio said. “I am doing this for the right reasons.
“I am not only doing this for the money–although, don’t get me wrong, the money is fantastic, but I am doing it for other reasons than just the money.”
At 40-years-old, Del Rio wants to make sure he’s covering all his bases before stepping back into the cage. He has hired a nutritionist and also joined an MMA gym in Texas that he feels is a good fit for him at this point in his career:
“I am training everyday, but of course now I am 40 and have a group of people telling me. Of course, I was trying to train the same way and eating the same way, but no, you have to change certain stuff if you want to continue training that way then you have to change the way you are eating and your sleeping patterns and all of those things,” he said.
“Of course I am no expert. I know a lot but that is why I have my nutritionist and my personal trainer. I went with my friends to ‘Boxers and Brawlers’ in San Antonio to train the way I am supposed to train when you are 40, but doing it at a higher level.
“I have a lot of good people, good friends helping me with this. I always take everything serious when it comes to my career and my life, but this decision to go back to the cage is a big decision for me.”
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions