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David Hart Smith Looking To Cross Over To Mixed Martial Arts

Seldom seen WWE talent Harry Smith (a/k/a David Hart Smith) apparently has plans to cross over from professional wrestling to mixed martial arts. His mother, Diana Smith, wrote on Twitter that he plans on following his father and grandfather’s trail as a shoot fighter.

“My son Harry Smith is quite the shoot fighter, does everyone know that?” she wrote. “He is following in his dad Davey’s and Grandfather Stu’s footsteps.”

Diana also believes he is good enough to compete in a premiere mixed martial arts organization today.

“I actually think my son Harry Smith could compete in Pride, MMA/UFC now as a high level wrestler, he’s honestly that good! Ask Josh Barnett.”

Barnett, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, said last year in an interview that he has been training the WWE Superstar in catch wrestling. Smith can be seen sparring with Barnett in the DVD seminar W.A.R. Catch Wrestling: Lessons in Catch-As-Catch-Can with Billy Robinson. reported last month that Smith became an assistant coach in the Scientific Wrestling certification program under Catch-As-Catch-Can-Wrestling legend Billy Robinson. Smith earned the designation after logging over 100 hours of training with Robinson and receiving his approval to teach his concepts.

Robinson stated to Wrestling Observer Newsletter editor Dave Meltzer that if he personally trained Smith for 18 months, he could win the UFC Heavyweight Championship—he was that impressed by him in the time they sparred.

Smith, however, remains under contract to WWE, which prohibits him from joining a mixed martial arts organization. While no indication has been given that the third generation wrestler is leaving WWE, his future prospects with the entertainment empire appear grim as he finds himself in a bigger rut than his 2007-2008 stint on the main roster where he primarily competed on WWE Heat. Sans an appearance in the 22-Man Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXVII, Smith has not competed in over two months; his last match occurred on the February 17, 2011 episode of WWE Superstars. Even further, Smith has not competed in a match on Monday Night Raw in nearly six months. He last appeared on the program on December 6, 2010, which saw him lose to former tag team partner Tyson Kidd in a blow off match. He was then laid out by Kidd’s short-lived bodyguard Jackson Andrews.


  • Satan

    Lol did she seriously say he could compete in Pride?? Prides been dead for how long now i’m sorry but i don’t see Smith getting very far in MMA especially not in a premiere league like the UFC he’s supposed to be a world champion based on wrestling a lone? look at Brock Lesnar..There’s so many talented Heavyweights right now like Cain Velasquez and JDS even if Smith managed to get to the UFC he probably wouldn’t do good against the top tier of heavyweights.

  • DuffmanLovesHimSomeWrestling

    David who? Been forever since he was last on television.

  • The King of Kings 69

    wow what a fuckin shame…WWE needs to put the dynasty back together…they should have never been split up in the damn 1st place wtf

  • Wrestling Out Cast

    David Hart Smith as UFC Heavyweight CHAMPION LMAO
    There is no way he can beat Cain Velazquez, Jumior DosSantos or Even Brock Lesner. I would like to See David Hart Smith Fight Roy Nelson first, then Frank Mir. If he can beat those two guys then maybe I would take him Serious

  • CC

    @Adam. You know what he is capable of do you? How so? Have you ever seen him outside of a WWE show? I can tell you for a fact that the guy knows what he is doing as I trained with him before he went to WWE.
    While he would probably need to change his training style somewhat, they guy is a lot more credible as a crossover guy than you seem to think.

  • DH Smith would just get his ass kicked. He’d better start training the way MMA fighters should train if he is to be taken seriously. I hope he’s doing this because he truly wants to and not just because MMA is dominating over pro wrestling right now.


    dh smith is a really talented guy and wwe isn t pushing hiM ???????? so its good for hiim to leave wwe

    wwe never now hw 2 use talent effectievly, as we can see a jobber is nw the wwe champion

    f*** wwe 😉

  • Chris

    Too bad PRIDE is dead, guess she doesn’t really follow MMA much, but according to her, her son has a future in it. 😉

  • KitKrock

    They push Miz instead of DickHead Smith … fuck wwe.

  • Thumper!

    Get out of the WWE Davy. Make us proud!

  • Camille

    WWE misusing talent. Shock.

    Good for Davy Boy if he can make a career out of UFC where your destiny is in your own hands.