UFC president Dana White ‘will meet Gable Steveson in Las Vegas’ but faces battle to sign USA gold medal-winning wrestler with WWE also interested in heavyweight star
- Gable Steveson is in the middle of a tug of war between MMA and wrestling
- Olympic gold medallist Steveson will meet UFC chief Dana White this weekend
- Vince McMahon has also tried to lure the in-demand heavyweight into his sport
Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Gable Steveson is poised to meet UFC president Dana White this weekend as the heavyweight looks to make a decision between stepping into MMA or WWE.
Steveson, 21, is believed to have weighed up competing in mixed martial arts, and must now make his choice just a month on from claiming a sensational triumph for Team USA in Tokyo.
He poured further fuel on the fire when sending the wave emoji to White on social media days after taking the victory in the men’s 125kg freestyle wrestling category, and the two men will meet soon to talk.
Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Gable Steveson will meet UFC president Dana White
‘[Gabe] will be in town this weekend, and I think we’re gonna hook up and talk,’ White revealed to TMZ.
‘Obviously, there’s a lot of work for him to do before he can make it to the UFC. But we’ll see what happens.’
However, Vince McMahon, White’s counterpart at WWE, has already made attempts to bring Steveson over to the sport – although the big-name at the centre of the tug of war said earlier this month that his future is unclear.
White has revealed to TMZ that he will hold talks with Steveson to convince him to join MMA
Steveson has weighed up heading into MMA or wrestling and will make his choice imminently
‘I haven’t really thought about what’s next,’ Steveson told the Sun. ‘I told everybody I was going to come home and sit down for a little bit and just relax myself and just pick what’s best for me and what’s next.
‘I could go for double gold in 2024, I could see Vince McMahon – who has reached out to me personally to go out there to do WWE.’
He went on to add: ‘Or I could go see Dana White. I mean, even the [Minnesota] Vikings gave me a message. The options are open, my doors are open.’
With two lucrative proposals on the table, Steveson is holding off on making a snap decision, but he has hinted that competing in MMA may be the route he takes.
WWE chairman Vince McMahon has also contacted Steveson (above) to lure him into wrestling
‘[I’m] most definitely a [long-time follower of MMA]. I’ve been following for a long time,’ he said. ‘I feel like in Olympic wrestling, I’ve secured myself as the baddest heavyweight on earth, to go out there and bring the gold medal home.
‘For me to go out there and to bring a UFC championship home, at the heavyweight division too, could cement me as the baddest man again.
‘Who wouldn’t want to put their best foot forward and be the baddest man in two different things at one time? I can do that myself, I know I can do it.’
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