The Ultimate Fighting Championship and World Wrestling Entertainment have been intertwined in many ways over the past couple of decades. While those running the WWE did well to make that company into a billion-dollar entertainment avenue that has crossed over into the movie and music industries, the UFC has borrowed certain aspects from pro wrestling to make that organization successful. It is not uncommon for mixed martial artists competing under the UFC umbrella to cut promos on upcoming opponents, and the cage entrances that occur before big-time UFC fights are straight out of the WWE.
There are several reasons why current or would-be WWE performers would seriously consider making a career switch to the UFC. UFC fighters, for one, do not have the busy travel schedules that top WWE wrestlers have every year. Those who compete in UFC are prone to being on the receiving end of legitimate punches and kicks during fights, but they do not have to worry about taking bumps inside of hard rings during training sessions, house shows, events shown on television and also pay-per-view cards. It is far less taxing to be a UFC fighter than a WWE performer these days.
With this list, we're going to look at which WWE performers we'd love to see take a crack at MMA. Sure, a lot of these are pipe dreams and are extremely unlikely to happen, but that doesn't mean we can't dream about the possibilities.
12 The Miz
11 Xavier Woods
10 Dolph Ziggler
9 Roman Reigns
7 Kevin Owens
4 Daniel Bryan
3 The Undertaker
1 Jack Swagger
One thing should be made clear here: There is a better chance of you, untrained fan of pro wrestling and/or of UFC, becoming a true MMA fighter than there is of The Rock lacing up the boots to fight one-on-one. The Rock is an international movie superstar who would never have the want or the need to enter the cage for anything outside of a promotional event, but we can always wonder what might have been had he taken a different career path in the middle of the 1990s. Before he was a jacked-up star of action films, The Rock was an athlete capable of becoming an elite UFC fighter. What could have been.
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