6 MLB Players Who Should Sign up to Fight Carlos Correa in the Octagon

Houston Astros infielder Carlos Correa
Houston Astros infielder Carlos Correa | Rich Schultz/Getty Images

On Thursday, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa said on an MMA podcast that he would love to cross over and give his best shot in the UFC. Knowing Correa’s controversial standing in the league with his fellow players, certain players should be salivating for the opportunity to meet him in the octagon.

6. Athletics' Pitcher Mike Fiers

Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers
Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers | Bob Levey/Getty Images

Fiers was the one who started it all. The former Astros World Series champ revealed to The Athletic that Houston stole signs en route to their 2017 title, and that definitely does not put him in a favorable light with his former teammates. Correa would probably love the opportunity to lock up with Fiers, but don’t expect the A’s pitcher to back down from his stance.

5. Nationals Pitcher Max Scherzer

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer
Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer | Mark Brown/Getty Images

Scherzer loves to talk trash when he is on the mound so it would be interesting to see how it would translate to the octagon. Although Scherzer got the best of Correa with a 2019 World Series championship, both guys would definitely jump at the chance to square off in a more intimate setting. Scherzer is 6-3 and 215 pounds in terms of frame, so he can matchup with Correa with no problem.

4. Yankees Outfielder Aaron Judge

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Judge feels that his Yankees were robbed in consecutive playoffs when going against Houston. He even spoke out about Correa’s teammate Jose Altuve not necessarily deserving his 2017 MVP trophy. That should be enough fuel for the fire from Correa’s perspective. With Judge’s frame of an NFL tight end, getting his hands on Correa would be satisfying in some respect.

3. Yankees Closer Aroldis Chapman

New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman
New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman | Bob Levey/Getty Images

No one in the MLB throws a harder fastball than Chapman. The left-hander packs a punch on the mound and that could possibly translate to the octagon. Chapman probably feels the same way as Judge in that New York was robbed from a championship opportunity, so beaming certain players in the back will not do the job fully. Getting to stare down Correa in close corners would definitely help.

2. Dodgers Pitcher Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Another pitcher who was robbed of potential World Series glory, Kershaw definitely feels the Astros ring in 2017 has an asterisk next to it. While he cannot go back and change what happened in that fateful October, in this case he would have a chance go directly at one of the ring leaders of the sign stealing. Kershaw’s 6-4 and 226-pound frame gives him the length and size to go head-to-head with Correa.

1. Dodgers Outfielder Cody Bellinger

Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger
Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger | Harry How/Getty Images

The greatest foe to Correa in all of the sign-stealing fallout, Bellinger would love to get his chance to go at the Astros shortstop one-on-one. The accusations of not being able to read, the slew of expletives and everything in between has been leading up to this battle. If the money was right, the 2019 NL MVP would love to get his chance to finally settle the beef between him and Correa in a UFC setting.