The UFC Hall of Famer spoke with Wrestling Inc about if pro wrestling could be his next destination after this fight. This is where he brought up his friendship with Shane McMahon.
It should be noted that Ortiz has dabbled in pro wrestling as he had some stints in TNA Wrestling but never actually wrestled a full-wrestling match.
“I’m friends with Shane McMahon. He hasn’t really reached out to me. He gives me tickets to the events when they’re here at Staples Center or when they’re in Orange County. I bring my kids to it, we’re all huge fans of it,” Ortiz said. “I would love to dabble in it, but I think [Shane] is really not sure if I can separate the difference between real fighting and professional wrestling. I’m not sure if I can really separate the difference between them myself. I don’t know. I watched Cain Velasquez do it. He did a good job. I’m a huge fan of Brock Lesnar. I know he’s the heavyweight champion right now.”
The two fighters are slated to meet on December 7 at the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas on pay-per-view for $39.99.
According to Ortiz, he has always been a wrestling fan and hinted at he could end up in the squared circle.
“I’ve always had interest in WWE and back when it was WWF. I had an opportunity to sit with Hulk Hogan when I did TNA and have about a three-hour conversation with the man and we had so much in resemblance. It was crazy. He was like, ‘Brother…you’d have been a great WWE guy.’ It was kind of cool to have the respect from Hogan like that,” stated Ortiz. “I respect the man like no other. Him and Dwayne Johnson, The Rock, he’s an amazing man himself, very humble person. I had the great opportunity to meet him on a couple of occasions, very nice guy.”