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Astros SS, UFC superfan Correa longs to get 'KO'd'

Field Level Media
22 May 2020, 08:19 GMT+10

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa knows the energy of attending a live UFC event, but he's pining to get a little bit closer to the action.

As in stepping into the octagon close.

"Getting KO'd, I would love to know what that feels like in the octagon," Correa said earlier this week in an interview with the MMA Junkie podcast. "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 is not able to get into the octagon. The 25-year-old is under contract to the Astros for $8 million this season and has a final year of arbitration available in 2021.

The 6-4, 215-pound Correa said he would nonetheless love to cross over into UFC.

"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,'" he said. "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."

--Field Level Media

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