8 MMA Fighters Who Failed In Pro Wrestling

Not everyone can be like Matt Riddle...


With both forms sharing a history dating back to the days of catch-as-catch-can, it's no surprise that there has been a storied tradition of intersections between the worlds of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.

In Japan, where the puroresu style comes much closer to emulating a legitimate combat sport, crossovers between wrestling and MMA have historically been extremely common. This was perhaps best exemplified when the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba is said to have remarked: "In fact, pro wrestling is strong" after winning the UFC Japan tournament with his experience as a shoot-style grappler behind him.

In more recent years fighters such as Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, and Matt Riddle have proven that the air of legitimacy that surrounds a professional fighter can prove to be highly beneficial for those wishing to take their talents into the squared circle.

However, not every transition from the Octagon to the ring has proved to be a successful one. Many combat sports athletes have found out that although they are conditioned to deal with the physical nature of professional wrestling, the other, equally important, facets of the craft weren't quite as easy to get to grips with.


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