Karrion Kross has revealed that he almost trained for a career jump to UFC before agreeing to his recent WWE return.
Kross told Corey Graves on 'After The Bell' that he was also "on the verge" of accepting a three-fight deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championships promoter David Feldmen. None other than Daniel Gracie was simultaneously trying to convince Karrion that moving to Philadelphia and pursuing a career in MMA would be the right call.
Then, Triple H got back in touch and all bets were off.
Karrion knew that he should return to WWE instead and redeem himself after a miserable main roster run last summer. His leap from NXT to Raw was a frankly crap experience, and Kross plans to make up for it now he's on SmackDown.
The WWE returnee did explore some other options in pro wrestling (working for everyone from New Japan to MLW), but he was more interested in taking a stab at UFC earlier this year. That, obviously, has been put on ice due to his wrestling comeback.
Kross has been thrust right into the main event mix on SmackDown, but hasn't wrestled since returning.