You’ll never guess who I bumped into in cyberspace over the weekend. No, it wasn’t “To Catch A Predator”‘s Chris Hansen. It was super-owner Mark Cuban! It’s strange meeting a billionaire in cyberspace and, as you can imagine, he doesn’t have much time for shenanigans. However, I was able to ask him a few interesting questions…
Ariel Helwani: What do you think of Floyd Mayweather’s involvement with World Wrestling Entertainment?
Mark Cuban: Love it. Floyd knows how to build a fan base he can take with him to
anything he does.
Ariel Helwani: Have you seen the clips of his work in the ring thus far? If so, what did you think of it?
Mark Cuban: Hysterical. (Ed. note: I told you he didn’t have much time.)
Ariel Helwani: Are you still talking with Floyd about competing for HDNet Fights? If so, how have the talks been going?
Mark Cuban: Yep. We have ongoing talks. He is talking to a couple of our partners about working on cross-training. He would teach striking/boxing skills and learn more about the sport of MMA.
Ariel Helwani: Has the WWE ever contacted you about doing a wrestling angle? If not, would you ever be interested in that?
Mark Cuban: We have talked about various things.
Ariel Helwani: Can you elaborate on that?
Mark Cuban: Can’t…sorry.
Ariel Helwani: In his blog, WWE announcer Jim Ross mentioned a rumor that there may be “a partnering of resources” between you and the McMahons? Any truth to this and if so can you explain?
Mark Cuban: See above (Ed. note: Damn.)
Ariel Helwani: Are you happy with the progression “Inside MMA” has made as well as the production of the HDNet Fights live events?
Mark Cuban: Yes. Inside MMA is unquestionably the leading show on MMA. And the combination of Inside MMA and our fight cards confirms that HDNet is the leading TV network for MMA. I do want to thank everyone who has been calling their cable and satellite providers to sign up for and ask for HDNet and to ask them to continue. Its definitely being noticed!
And just like that he disappeared…