10 MMA Fighters Who Became Pro Wrestlers

These guys traded in the Octagon for the squared circle.

With Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, and Matt Riddle all finding success in WWE, there has never been a better time to be a mixed martial artist transitioning into pro wrestling. One only needs to look at the recent news that former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has been seen training at the WWE Performance Center to know just how close the worlds of the UFC and WWE have become in recent years.

After all, MMA and pro wrestling have a shared lineage in Japan, and many of the qualities required to be successful as a pay-per-view draw in the highest levels of MMA are beneficial in becoming a star in the squared circle.

Though it has been more common in the past for wrestlers to make the switch to combat sports, in more recent years there have been increasingly frequent instances of fighters going the other way, and switching the cage for the ring. (Okay, sometimes MMA is in a ring and pro wrestling is in a cage but you get what I mean.)

These guys traded in their gloves for gimmicks in hope of finding success in the world of pro wrestling.

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