Seth Petruzelli is most known for knocking out Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in just 14 seconds back in 2008. He runs his own gym in Orlando, Florida since retiring in 2013 and is now the head striking coach of the WWE’s developmental system, NXT.
According to the latest WWE rumors, the former MMA fighter may be interested in becoming a professional wrestler. In an interview with FOX Sports, Petruzelli that he’s been thinking about training to become a WWE superstar since he spends a lot of time with many wrestlers.
“I spend a lot of time in the ring with these guys, so it makes me really want to do it. I’m in better shape now than when I was fighting. I’m like 215 (pounds), I’m super lean, I’m strong, I’m lifting heavy and I’m actually more injury free now than when I was training for fights,” Petruzelli said.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking about in the back of my head, so don’t be surprised if it happens,” he added.
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Seth Petruzelli started training NXT wrestlers in October 2015 when he was recommended by Josh Woods, an amateur MMA fighter, four-time All-American wrestler and current NXT hopeful. The Silverback met with WWE officials and he was hired by Triple H.
“They really wanted me to teach them the proper footwork, the way to turn your hand over, the proper hand and foot combinations, the timing, speed, and about how to keep your hands up to block, how to slip, how to bob and weave. They really wanted the wrestlers to look like they knew what they were doing,” Petruzelli said.
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If the 36-year-old striking coach wants to become a wrestler, he would not be the first athlete to compete in both sports. Some of the names that competed in both professions include Brock Lesnar, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dave Bautista, Alberto Del Rio, Bobby Lashley and Ken Shamrock.
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