“It would be me,” Correa said. “I would love to cross over into the UFC. I grew up boxing and I loved it, but I realized, ‘Man, in baseball, you don’t get hit as much.’ In boxing I’m going to have to be constantly getting hit in the face and stomach in the ribs and that hurts. I stuck to baseball and it worked out well for me. But definitely I would love to try.”
Correa is an avid fan of the UFC and attended UFC 244 in Houston last year with teammate Lance McCullers. The Astros shortstop even has his own podcast called “The Walkoff,” in which he recently predicted that Justin Gaethje would defeat Tony Ferguson in the main event of UFC 249.
While Correa doesn’t have any experience stepping into the octagon, he is interested in having that experience.
“Getting KO’d, I would love to know what that feels like in the octagon,” Correa added. “But also getting a KO. It’s hard to speak about it and talk about the adjustments fighters need to make when you’re on the sidelines. But when you’re actually in there feeling the power from your opponent, it’s tough to make those adjustments. It will be a different perspective if you’re able to get in that octagon.”
Correa has established himself as one of the top young players in Major League Baseball, batting .277/.359/.484 over the past four seasons, while averaging 20 home runs per year. The Astros star is currently under team control through the 2021 season and he’s likely to get a massive contract after that.
It doesn’t seem likely that Correa would actually walk away from a lucrative baseball contract in order to dabble in the UFC. However, there have been some athletes that have switched into the mixed martial arts ranks like Greg Hardy. The former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman has accumulated a 6-2-1 record since embarking on a UFC career.