MMA and WWE: Three Superstars That Did Both

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In the world of “sports entertainment”, everyone on the planet has probably heard of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). While most people are quick to dismiss them as fake fighters, there are some of them that are actually tested in the field of mixed martial arts.

MMA or Mixed Martial Arts is the foremost battleground in competitive fighting. Rather than being used for self-defense, MMA is all about pitting one fighting style against another for sport and competition.

Brock Lesnar

Otherwise known as the “Beast Incarnate” who takes his opponents to “Suplex City”, Brock Lesnar has enjoyed a rather good career in both WWE and MMA. It was said that he left the WWE because he was made of sterner stuff and chose to test his mettle in MMA.

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What was interesting is that during his first fight, he lost. However, this taught him a major lesson in humility and hard work. He achieved a good run and returned to WWE triumphant where he held the Universal Championship which wrestler Finn Balor had to give up due to an injury.

Ken Shamrock

WWE fans will be quick to note this particular name. Not only did he enjoy a good run in the WWE, he is a UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) hall of famer. Anyone who has followed MMA will automatically note that this man is one of the biggest reasons why MMA became as popular as it did.

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He showed the world shtoofighting and even kickboxing and how it could be utilized effectively in decimating his opponents.

Ronda Rousey

One of the more recent additions to the WWE family, she made quite a splash in 2018 Royal Rumble where there was some criticism about her appearance. It was said that she stole the thunder from the Royal Rumble winner Asuka then was thrown into a rather slapdash feud with Stephanie McMahon.

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While she has yet to truly make her mark in the WWE halls of history, there is no denying the star power that this lady has. There is no denying her fighting capabilities either. She is the first ever American woman to ever achieve an Olympic Medal in Judo. You can argue and say it was a bronze one but it is still one heck of an achievement.


MMA and WWE are both physically daunting. It takes a different kind of person to be able to do either—let alone both of those things. We take our hats off to these incredible athletes and thank them for providing the world with more examples of peak physical fitness and mastery of their art.

Who else do you know made the jump from MMA to WWE and vice versa?