While to the layperson, the crossover between professional wrestling and mixed martial arts is seemingly non-existent. there are plenty of wrestlers who have not only competed in mixed martial arts but competed successfully. While most people know about the likes of Brock Lesnar and Ken Shamrock, there are plenty of other wrestlers who have competed in mixed martial arts, though their MMA records may be less well known.
While CM Punk's MMA flop has dominated the discussion about professional wrestlers transitioning into mixed martial arts, there are plenty of wrestlers of past and present that have an MMA record that might surprise you.
10 Scorpio Sky: 2 - 1
While Scorpio Sky may best be known as the third wheel of The Addiction, forming SoCal Uncensored with Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian, Sky has something that separates him from his SCU brethren: a successful MMA record. Before aligning himself with Kazarian and Daniels in ROH, Sky made his MMA debut in 2014, soundly defeating Jose Jovel in round 1 by TKO.
Sky's only loss would come one year later in a split decision bout. Two years later, Sky would make his Ring of Honor debut, quickly aligning himself with SCU, and all three men are currently signed to All Elite Wrestling.
9 Sonya Deville: 2 - 1
While the WWE Universe was first introduced to Sonya Deville in the 2015 season of Tough Enough, Deville was one of the many competitors that entered the competition with MMA experience. Deville came into the competition with an MMA record of 2 wins and 1 loss, having made her debut 1 year earlier, where she defeated Allenita Perez by submission.
While Deville's current character plays off of her MMA background and the commentary team has mentioned it in the past, many casual fans may not know that she had a MMA career just one year before signing her WWE contract.
8 Jack Swagger: 2 - 0
When Jack Swagger left WWE, he nearly dropped off of the face of the earth until making his Lucha Underground debut in 2018. What many fans of his may not have known was that there was only an 8-month gap between leaving the WWE and signing with Bellator MMA.
Fighting under his real name Jake Hager, he currently is undefeated, winning both of his bouts in the first round with an arm-triangle choke. While it is currently unknown when his next fight will be, Hager has clearly shown an aptitude in MMA of which many may not have thought him capable.
7 Dan Severn: 101 - 19 - 7
Dan Severn is, based on his record, the most successful MMA fighter on this list. However, unlike everyone else on this list, what makes Severn unique is that his MMA career and professional wrestling career were not divided, as Severn competed alternatively in professional wrestling and MMA at seemingly the same time. as he made his UFC debut in 1994 and his professional wrestling debut in 1992.
Another thing that makes Severn so unique is his age. While his most recent bout was in 2012, he was 54, and he still came out victorious. Additionally, Severn came out of retirement in 2016, showing a willingness to compete in mixed martial arts at the age of 58.
6 Jessamyn Duke: 3 - 5 - 1
While this record is certainly nothing to turn one's nose up at, the reason why this is surprisingly is partly because it is, ultimately, a losing record. In the WWE, Jessamyn Duke is held up as one of the MMA Four Horsewomen, along with Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler, and former RAW Women's Champion Ronda Rousey.
While Ronda Rousey has said that Duke paid more of her bills streaming video games than fighting, the casual MMA fan may have expected a more dominant professional MMA record, especially considering all five of her losses came in a row at the end of her career.
5 Jack Gallagher: 2 - 0
While Jack Gallagher plays a submission specialist, it isn't just for television. Jack Gallagher not only currently undefeated in amateur MMA, but both victories came in the first round as submission victories.
A 2016 profile of Gallagher by ESPN, promoting the first WWE Cruiserweight Classic touted Gallagher's MMA background. While Gallagher may not look intimidating, at only 5'8" and 167 lbs, he has 8 years of Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a background in boxing and kickboxing. Gallagher has, sadly, not had a prominent role in the cruiserweight division, he is perhaps one of the most legitimate fighters in the company today.
4 Shinsuke Nakamura: 3 - 1 - 1
Perhaps this is why Nakamura is so effective in the Japanese strong style - he has legitimate MMA experience. While his MMA record is from over a decade ago, as his last fight took place when he was only 22 years old in 2004, his victories were all fairly definitive.
None of the three bouts went beyond the second round, and they were all submission victories. Additionally, his only loss took place in his first bout. While Shinsuke is known more in the WWE for his strikes than his submissions, he clearly has a strong technical background.
3 Shayna Baszler: 15 - 11
Like her fellow Four Horsewoman Jessamyn Duke that came before her on this list, Shayna Baszler's record is surprising due to the fair amount of losses that she has taken.
If one were to only watch NXT, it would be reasonable for that person to assume that Baszler was dominant in MMA, with a record similar to Ronda Rousey's 12 wins and 2 losses. Not only does Baszler have nearly the same amount of losses that Rousey has in wins, but Baszler's last 4 MMA fights were all losing efforts, with 2 TKOs, one technical submission, and 1 loss by decision.
2 Batista: 1 - 0
That is right, Dave Bautista, known by most people as Drax the Destroyer from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, competed in MMA. After his first departure from WWE, Batista earned a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and was set to compete against Rashid Evans, who had a record of 1 win and 2 losses.
However, when Evans was no longer able to compete, Batista was put against Vince Lucero, who had over 40 fights under his belt, and an even record of 22 wins and 22 losses. Batista would emerge victorious, winning in the first round by TKO.
1 Bobby Lashley: 15 - 2
When WWE fans think of a dominant WWE-wrestler-turned-MMA-fighter, they likely think of Brock Lesnar. However, Lesnar's record consists of only 5 wins and 3 losses. While it may be unfair to compare Lashley's MMA record under multiple promotions against Lesnar's predominately UFC-based career, a record of 15 wins and only 2 losses is absolutely nothing to turn one's nose up at.
Even more impressive, nearly half of Lashley's wins came at the end, when Lashley went on an 8-win streak. With how frequently WWE brings up Lesnar's MMA career, it seems strange that they would ignore Lashley's comparably dominate record.