IMPACT Wrestling star ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey believes an MMA fight with controversial YouTuber PewDiePie would be something worth watching.
Over the years, many wrestling stars have crossed over to MMA, in fact, the late Antonio Inoki’s 1976 fight with Muhammed Ali is widely seen as a precursor to the modern sport. More recently, WWE star Brock Lesnar saw huge success during his fighting career in UFC.
Another wrestler who has made waves by utilising multiple disciplines in his matches is IMPACT Wrestling star ‘Speedball’ Mike Bailey.
During a recent interview with Fightful, Bailey was asked whether he would be interested in taking his expertise to MMA.
The former X-Division Champion admitted he was probably too old for a full-time MMA run, but he could be interested in a money fight with a YouTuber.
“I feel like pro wrestling takes up way too much time for me to be able to focus. Maybe in a different part of my career, but then I might be too old.
“I’ve competed in Tae Kwon Do. I’ve done one boxing match. It all ended up the same with professional wrestling. It’s not worth the expense and the time and the weight cut to miss out on a wrestling match to do it.
“However, if it was one of those money fights with a YouTuber, I would 100% entertain the idea. I think it would be great. I think it would be fun.”
Mike Bailey went on to consider who he might face, eventually settling on the controversial YouTube star PewDiePie. Over his decade-long career, the Swedish star’s channel has amassed over 111 million subscribers and an astonishing 28.5 billion views.
“Right. So that’s the other side of it. So to answer your question, yes, I’ll fight Jake Paul. That’s where this was going, right? Love Anderson Silva. But maybe not Jake Paul. He’s a little bit above my weight class.
“I think Speedball Mike Bailey versus PewDiePie would be worth watching. No! I made clickbait! ‘Calls out PewDiePie,’ hell yeah.”
Speedball Mike Bailey was last wrestled at GCW Fight Club in a losing effort against YAMATO. He also recently lost the IMPACT X-Division Championship to Frankie Kazarian at Bound For Glory.