Speaking with Bodyslam, former WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio (aka Alberto El Patron) has confirmed that his Mixed Martial Arts career is now over.
Del Rio told the site that he has absolutely no intention of ever stepping back into the Octagon again, noting that he is going to be focussing solely on professional wrestling now:
“No, I’m not fighting again. I did that last time with Tito Ortiz because I was working for that company and I want to put that company up there and I knew that by fighting, me going back to MMA, would bring sponsors and investors. It happened. Unfortunately, COVID came and destroyed our asses and we couldn’t continue doing business. Then, that company doesn’t pay me part of the fighting money. I had to seek legal help to get the money that is mine. I don’t steal money. I don’t try to get something that I didn’t earn. I have no intentions of fighting again. Pro wrestling is my passion.”
Alberto Del Rio has stepped away from MMA with a 9-6 record. His last fight came back in December 2019, where he lost to Tito Ortiz via submission in the first round at Combate Americas 51.
While Alberto Del Rio’s MMA career may be over, he is still focused on wrestling, and the Mexican is set to be in action on July 31 against fellow former WWE Superstar Andrade El Idolo.
Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.