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Is the UFC talking to the NFL’s Ray Lewis?

I’m sure I’ll get heat for running with this story, but it’s too good not to pass along.

A website called is claiming it has “inside” sources within the UFC that are stating that Baltimore Ravens MLB Ray Lewis could be close to signing a deal to fight:

February 29, 2008. First Floyd Mayweather signs with the WWE, now is hearing whispers that NFL’s Ray Lewis is close to signing on to the Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts league.

According to a person who works at U.F.C., the Baltimore Ravens star linebacker and the league have been negotiating for months and are close to closing the deal. The insider told, “Ray Lewis was an All-American wrestler in high school, and he’s just an all around bad a**. He’ll fit in perfectly here.”

And the insider claims that the deal wouldn’t interfere with Ray’s NFL career. He explained to MediaTakeOut.con, “We’re not looking to sign him on full-time, just a match or two a year – and he can handpick the opponent … He has such a big name that it will do wonders for the sport.”

I have no idea whether is legit or not. Regardless, the post smells a little fishy, especially since the standard NFL contract contains language that would preclude Lewis from participating in activities such as competitive mixed martial arts.

There has been talk within the last year through that Lewis is on the downside of his career and perhaps MMA is a part of his post-NFL career path? Former NFL players Marcus Jones, Bobby Jones, Herbert Goodman, Johnnie Morton, and Michael Westbrook have all migrated into competitive MMA since leaving the NFL.

  • ufcfan says:

    if this is true my biggest fears are coming true…

    all these organizations are trying to one up each other, getting “the bigger
    name” to come and fight so they get more media exposure

    if this is the price of getting MMA more mainstream exposure
    count me out…

  • Evan says:

    No way will this happen unless the Ravens release him.

    These guys aren’t even allowed to play basketball let alone fight. People cry about UFC contracts but nothing locks you down more than a NFL contract.

  • Sergio says:

    The Titans pitched a fight when PacMan Jones was set to wrestle for TNA.

    No way the Ravens let Lewis actually engage in unarmed combat.

  • JacRabbit says:

    Simply put, theres NO WAY his NFL contract will allow for physical combat.

  • Grape Knee High says:

    Ray Lewis has more street cred than Kimbo. Kimbo is a thug, but Lewis is a murderer.

  • Jason Brewer says:

    To all the Pride bashers that said Pride was to much like professional wrestling to be legitimate, look where your UFC is going, pro wrestlers and pro football players signing to fight MMA….Mr. White you are becoming quite the ring leader to this circus you are creating…

  • Robert says:

    Don’t believe any of the crap that comes out of MediaTakeOut. Most of the news is bs rumors that some person reports, and they pick up on it. They ran some big story that rapper Enimem was going to sign with the WWE, and it was automatically debunked right away. I know Ray Lewis was supposed to be apart of some BET project where celebrities manage MMA teams.

  • bjjdenver says:

    Note to Ray:

    Call Johnnie Morton.

    If he is awake yet.

  • bjjdenver says:

    And Michael Westbrook??

    Wasn’t he doing some MMA on the Redskins sideline a few years back??

    I think he sucker punched his team-mate,a running back, but can’t remember who it was, lol.

  • johnnyrev says:

    Ray Ray in the ufc ?… I live in baltimore and follow the ravens closely ..Ray is a 4 time florida state champ in wrestling he is no slouch on the mat. Ray has had a pro boxing coach for the last 3 years training him. If he is serious then you better believe he is going to do well, the man is a beast physically . this would def. get some pub going … that being said there is no way he could ever fight while under contract with the ravens … no way at all …. then again stranger things have happened (kellen winslow not getting cut for wrecking his bike for one ) but I dount there is anyway he could while still being a active pro football player

  • Sam Caplan says:

    BJJDenver, it was Stephen Davis.

  • bjjdenver says:

    Yeah, that’s right Sam. Thanks!

    Westbrook laid him out pretty good and Davis was no small guy.

    Any idea what these NFL vets turned fighters are doing now regarding mma?

  • ctownhood says:

    I don’t think it’s bad for MMA if these guys are serious about the sport, and not looking to bank off their name. Alot of mainstream sports athletes practice martial arts. Remember Greg Lloyd? The former Steeler linebacker is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and teaches at 2 schools in Georgia. (

    I think if Ray Ray takes it serious, you’d have to think he’d be a good fighter

  • paddiosf says:

    Hey I thought the UFC only had contract exclusives, so If he’s in the NFL and still playing what’s the difference between that and fighters fighting in our organizations? i remember seeing Dana White on a interview about NFL players and he likes the idea of these guys coming in…Westbrook on the same interview said he’s done with fighting but trains only to stay in shape..

  • Tommy says:

    What? You mean they actually have to go by their contracts in the NFL? No way man, that’s just harsh. No wonder he wants to go to the UFC. There you don’t have to do anything you say you will do or follow any sort of silly contract rules. Those big bad bully NFL people. (see how dumb that sounds?)

  • Evan says:


    Many people seem to think a contract is one sided and is only a “suggestion.”


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