Pro Wrestlers in MMA
The signing of former WWE superstar CM Punk drew immediate comparisons with Brock Lesnar, but there have been dozens of fighters who have appeared in both MMA and its more theatrical counterpart. UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock’s pro wrestling credentials are well known, and most MMA fans are aware that UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett has juggled his fighting with a pro-wrestling career in Japan for over a decade. Less well known, though, is the fact that PRIDE legend Kazushi Sakuraba began as a pro-wrestler and the misguided MMA attempts from WWE performers Jose Rodriguez (“Alberto Del Rio”), the late Sean O’Haire, Nathan Jones and Daniel Puder round out this collection.
Ken Shamrock vs Kimo Leopoldo UFC 48 Jun 19, 2004 (22:30)
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture UFC 91 Mar 23, 2011 (30:16)
Josh Barnett vs. Mark Hunt PRIDE: Critical Countdown Absolute Jul 1, 2006 (8:53)
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Marcus Silveira UFC Japan, 1997 Dec 21, 1997 (6:40)
Eric Esch vs. Sean O'Haire PRIDE 32: The Real Deal Oct 21, 2006 (5:17)
Kazuhiro Nakamura vs. Alberto Rodriguez PRIDE 27: Inferno Feb 1, 2004 (32:45)
Daniel Puder vs. Mike Cook Strikeforce: Triple Threat Dec 8, 2006 (11:38)
Koji Kitao vs. Nathan Jones PRIDE 1 Oct 11, 1997 (5:30)
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