Shaquille O'Neal recently faced off with UFC legend Forrest Griffin inside the Octagon during a stop at the UFC Performance Center in Las Vegas.
On Monday, Shaq talked exclusively with For The Win about that fight and what made him the most proud of his performance.
"I was only worried about not getting submitted," he told FTW over the phone while making an appearance at a Boys & Girls Club in Atlanta. "I've been doing it (MMA) but not on the level he has so I just had to stay safe and play it safe. But he was a strong fella and he said the same thing about me. I'm gonna blow my head up pretty high for not getting submitted because when you cross over into somebody's sport talking all that trash you better be able to back it up."
Was Shaq nervous at all when the door closed and it was just he and a former UFC champ and Hall of Famer standing inside the Octagon?
"No, no," he said. "I'm a fighter."
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Also seen on that video was UFC women's strawweight fighter Claudia Gadelha, who's 5-foot-4 and 115 pounds, jumping into the Octagon and choking out Shaq moments after his fight with Griffin ended.
"I was supposed to wrestler her next but she saw me wrestle with Forrest and she realized she couldn't beat me. Because I told her, I said, 'Listen, little young lady, if you can make me tap out I'll give you $10,000 right now. So then she came in in the back and got me when I wasn't looking."
Shaq has long been a UFC fan and has attended a few fights in person. So we had to ask the crazy that question: What if way back when he turned to MMA instead of basketball, could he have been a legend in the MMA world?
"Probably not that world, probably the WWE world," he said. "(MMA) is like real combat and it's ok to do every now and then but twice a year, or three times a year - I like to fight, but I don't like to fight that much."
He said he doesn't have a favorite fighter, but knows the fight game pretty well:
"I'm real good friends with (UFC middleweight) Yoel Romero, he's a very, very close friend," Shaq said. "I would love to see Jon Jones get back on track. Daniel Cormier is a professional. I love Conor McGregor. He's Irish, I'm Irish. It's all about the show and going out to compete and having fun."
And Shaq definitely had some fun with the UFC.