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
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
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
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
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
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
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.