Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 6:13 pm  |  35 responses

Video: Shaq Picks the Five NBA Players He’d Want to Fight

In an MMA cage, that is.

In an interview with Inside MMA, recently-retired/future Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal was asked which five NBA players—past or present—he’d most like to get into the MMA cage with. A couple of his answers might surprise you, though a couple probably won’t. The full episode airs tomorrow, but check out a sneak peak above. (H/T: Got ‘Em Coach)

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  • seriousblack

    Oakley is the only one with a shot, just because he ain’t scared of ish. The rest of those dudes are food. I’d love to see Barkley get layed out.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/791470-lebron-james-vs-dwyane-wade-who-is-the-better-player/page/8 nbk

    Ben Wallace – Reggie Evans (Current NBA player worth fighting)

  • S_kemp

    I think malone could take him…but the thing about shaq is he’s just so damn tall!…anyway,I guess we’re gonna be talking about this kind of stuf till the 2013 season…..I feel for you guys at slam , gotta think up topics and angles for the next 18 months without a second of basketball gonna be played…

  • John

    Here’s my fight wish list for Shaquita:
    1. Brock Lesnar
    2. Cain Velasquez
    3. Josh Barnett
    4. Antonio Silva
    5. Alistair Overeem
    Ain’t no fun pickin on someone your own size is it?

  • robb

    Chis bosh could be the octagon girl

  • James cutler

    No Kobe?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    @James I’m kinda shocked as well

  • Will Lee

    yeah Bosh is so octagon girl

  • dahon

    Barkley took him down after throwing the ball to his head during a game…barkley aint afraid of him

  • Kent Kanada

    @ James and BlackPhantom They asked who he wanted to fight, not wipe his ass with.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Danny Ainge?? How could he forget Bad Boy Bill Laimbeer, the inspiration for “Combat Basketball”?????

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    As for this era, I’d pick Stephen Jackson, Ron Artest, Jermaine O’Neal, and Greg Foster… Pretty much the entire Malice at the Palace Pacers team. lol.

  • http://slamonline.com Saviour

    John…all the fighters you listed are much smaller than Shaq, in both height and weight.

  • kbj

    Kendrick Perkins is a good matchup from current NBA players, prior to the celts they didnt really like each other

  • John

    Not sure about Cain, but the rest should be 250 or above. We can replace Cain with Sergei Kharitonov then. Either way, they’re a lot closer to his size than freaking Danny Ainge.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8df2zCpypk IAMORANGE4EVER

    I’d like to see Shaq vs Dale Davis. Click my name for old time’s sake Dale Davis.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    If Xavier McDaniel’s gonna be in it, he might as well fight Larry Bird after he got owned on the court. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6sLMupoQLQ

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Shaq would be knocked out or tapping within seconds of fighting “The Reem”, “Brown Pride”, or Lesnar for that matter. It’s ova, fghters fight for a living, it’s like one of them trying to take shaq in the post 7 or 8 years ago….. ya…. Anderson Silva who is 185 pounds would knock him the f*ck out in seconds. Hell, I got my money on manny pacquiao.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/791470-lebron-james-vs-dwyane-wade-who-is-the-better-player/page/8 nbk

    Lake, I’m not saying I disagree with you (I don’t), but I would like you to know that Shaq has been training MMA longer then a lot of those guys. Way longer then Brock Lesnar for instance.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    True, and true. Brocks wrestling alone would take care of Shaq though. Wrestling is maybe the most effective MMA skill(maybe) and Brock is all world at wrestling. And he has been traning probably more in a sense of man hours put in, on his boxing and BJJ. Shaq might have 30lbs and some martial arts skills, but as you and I agree that would not matter. Dudes are first class fighters, they would whip ANYONES a$$ lol.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/791470-lebron-james-vs-dwyane-wade-who-is-the-better-player/page/8 nbk

    Yeah I don’t think Shaq has trained as a “fighter” as much as he has as an aspect of conditioning for basketball. And he would never ever even be able to fight, cuz there is not chance in h*ll Shaq can get down to 265 lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Lol, Wrestling is all Brock can really do, standing up, he gets handled(see Cain Velasquez)

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    BPantom, Not really fair. Your saying that a WWE wrestler cannot compete on his feet with the best hands in Heavy Weight fighting. Brock has a sizeable advantage on wrestling and thats where Cain started and has allot of accolades. Goes to the groud Brock wins. Stays on the feet Cain wins. Now Jr. Dos Santos vs Cain?? Now theres a comparison. I like Jr. better, but I don’t know if he is better.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Good call NBK, Shaq at 265, he’s a string bean lol!

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/791470-lebron-james-vs-dwyane-wade-who-is-the-better-player/page/8 nbk

    Shaq at 265 must have been like 14 years old hahaha

  • John

    As an ex-wrestler, I love guys like Brock and Cain, but no way Brock is all-world in wrestling. Guys like Kurt Angle and Cael Sanderson are all-world. With that said, Brock is stronger than an ox. The man looks like a Viking reincarnate.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/791470-lebron-james-vs-dwyane-wade-who-is-the-better-player/page/8 nbk

    Brock Lesnar is a national champion wrestler, he won collegiate NCAA Heavyweight National Championship in 2000, and placed second in 1999. He’s an all-world heavyweight wrestler.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    ^^ uh thank you NBK..

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/791470-lebron-james-vs-dwyane-wade-who-is-the-better-player/page/8 nbk

    you know I can’t just sit idly by when people say things with no basis in reality homie

  • John

    nbk..you’ve just proven your ignorance in wrestling. Folkstyle ain’t even wrestled at the international level. He’s an NCAA champ, which is one helluva accomplishment, but how would fare against countries that are true wrestling powerhouses like Iran, Cuba, Russia? Just cause you’re an NCAA champ don’t mean you’re no Olympic medallist. Look at how Jake Herbert who dominated the NCAA for four years, yet can’t even crack the National team lineup. When you grow up wrestling folkstyle all the way up until college, the adjustment to freestyle or Greco ain’t that easy. Is Brock national-level caliber? Sure. World-class? Definitely not.

  • John

    And if you think Brock is on Angle or Cael’s level in wrestling, I really doubt if you’ve ever competed at any level past the 8th grade.

  • Wikked01

    @ John funny! Most of these guys never competed in hop scotch let alone a combat sport. ( as 4 me boxing MMA BJJ since 14 y/o as well as Football Wrestling Track N Field and growing up in the HOOD) Its so easy for these bird chest armchair fighters to comment and never take a punch in their lives. Brock not the greatest but has been 2 a level most of us can only imagine.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    At least he picked a list that makes since. Any of these guys in their prime (not Ainge) would hold their own against Shaq. Plus these are all guys he’s likely to see at certain events etc. I thought he would either pick guys from way back like Chamberlin/Russel or ‘small’ guys like Kobe, Penny who would never stand a chance. I could actually see a charity event with Malone/Oakley saying let’s get in the ring. And I almost gurantee that Barkley will say something to Shaq about this and will make for an entertaining segment – too bad Chuck is too far out of shape to even make it a possibilty.

  • texaspete33

    Ainge didn’t bite Rollins, it was the other way round. Hence the headline TREE BITES MAN.

  • dan

    shaq vs david robinson would be fun to watch too lol