Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is like every Major League Baseball player right now in that he’s awaiting word on when, or if, the 2020 MLB season will finally begin.
MLB canceled all remaining 2020 preseason contests as of 4 p.m. ET on March 12 due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Subsequent to that announcement, MLB revealed that the scheduled March 26 Opening Day (which would have been the earliest Opening Day in baseball history) would be delayed to April 9, followed by a further delay to mid-May.
In the intervening time, the start to this baseball season has been delayed indefinitely while MLB and its players’ association continue to work toward a potential July start to a truncated regular season.
Correa, who has a career batting average of .277 with 102 home runs, including a .279 average and 21 home runs last season, co-hosts his own mixed martial arts podcast, The Walkout with Astros right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers, Jr. and was interviewed by USA Today’s MMA Junkie for a question-and-answer session.
One of the questions asked of the shortstop in the 31-minute interview with Mike Bohn was submitted in the interview’s YouTube live chat by a viewer:
“If one MLB player were to cross over into the UFC, who would it be?”
Correa volunteered himself for this role, answering with:
“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.”
He then said that he’d compete in the UFC’s Light Heavyweight division, where athletes fight at a maximum of 205 lbs. (his playing weight is 218 lbs.), and that the weight cut would not be too much of a challenge, but also admitted:
“Jon Jones would kick my ass.”
Only time will tell if and when Carlos Correa’s switch to MMA will happen.