Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: MMA Fighters Turned Pro Wrestlers

MMA is not all it’ cracked up to be. You get injured often (it’s fighting after all) and pay can be pretty low, especially if you’re not a big name. So fighters are looking for every possible way to make money outside the cage. Professional wrestling is a great option as companies like WWE are always looking for big men to join the sports entertainment world. So here are the top ten professional fighters turned professional wrestlers. Rules for this list: the fighter must be in MMA then go to wrestling, but could have started in wrestling then jumped back and forth.

10. Stephan Bonnar

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Stephen Bonnar may be best known for his war with Forrest Griffin but now he’s trying to be known for his professional wrestling career as well. He has not done too much but his presence as a UFC Hall of Famer in the world of professional wrestling is definitely noteworthy.

9. Josh Barnett

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Josh Barnett joined Impact Wrestling with multiple other MMA fighters while still under contract with the UFC. It’s pretty insane to see an MMA legend like him join a wrestling company and then being able to fight in a legit fight the next day.

8. Dan Severn

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Dan Severn is an MMA pioneer who was also around during the WWE’s attitude era. He didn’t do much in the promotion but still competed in both companies as one of the earliest examples of crossing over from MMA to professional wrestling.

7. Matt Riddle

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Matt Riddle suffered harsh criticisms from UFC president Dana White for his use of marijuana. After being cut from the company, Riddle enjoyed success in both MMA and professional wrestling. Riddle has no desire to return to the UFC as he is clearly being treated better outside the UFC in the land of professional wrestling

6. Shayna Baszler

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Shayna Baszler has a short UFC stint back in 2014 to 2015 but soon was released from the company. She is now best known for being Ronda Rousey’s friend and being a part of WWE’s developmental territory NXT. She is enjoying great success and hasn’t looked back ever since.

5. Bobby Lashley

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Bobby Lashley was a former world champion in WWE and Impact Wrestling until he tried to be one in MMA. He has a 15-2 record and has been one the more known stars in Bellator MMA. He hasn’t fought in the company since 2016 and is enjoying great success in Impact Wrestling as of now.

4. Ken Shamrock

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Ken Shamrock participated at the first ever UFC event but is also known for his time in WWE. He had multiple feuds with big name wrestlers in the company and fitted in quite well with the other superstars of that era. He is known by many wrestling fans and MMA fans alike.

3. Colby Covington

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Colby Covington is best known as a nasty trash talker and top ranked welterweight in the UFC. A lot of the trash talk stems from his wrestling career that he has on the side. Covington has competed in Impact Wrestling and has plans to join WWE in the near future.

2. Ronda Rousey

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Ronda Rousey is the most recent example of an MMA fighter becoming a professional wrestler. She suffered two brutal losses that caused her to rethink her career choice. Now she has gone from UFC champion to future WWE women’s champion.

1. Brock Lesnar

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Brock Lenar was very popular in WWE in the early 2000’s. He became a mega star once he became UFC champion after leaving the WWE. He soon left the UFC after a few losses and is currently the WWE Universal Champion and is expected to headline this year’s Wrestlemania.

Tuesday Top Ten

Tuesday Top Ten: Possible Dream Fights

Dream fights are becoming more of a reality these days with everyone wanting big money fights. Who can blame them though? They do it because the fans are willing to pay for it. I have selected the top ten possible dream fights that have slim chance of happening but are still possible today. Only rules are that the fights have to be possible and no fighter can be on more than one dream fight. It’s like we are putting together a fantasy match card. So without further delay, here are the best dream fights to make in the UFC today:

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#10. Rashad Evans vs. Vitor Belfort

First we have two former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions. Both have some vicious knockouts in the past and are known for their expertise in grappling as well with on being a former NCAA Division I wrestler and both being Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts. They are well past their primes but this could potentially be a close contest due to their will to win.

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#9. Anthony Pettis vs. Jose Aldo

This was a dream match back in the day when both men were champions. To me it would still be amazing to see because of their fast paced and high volume striking. I feel Jose Aldo would look to grapple while Anthony Pettis would try to keep it standing. But if does stay on the feet then do not expect Aldo to just roll over. This would be a great fight between two former champions.

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#8. Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes

Here is the only women’s fight on the list. Both fighters have been dominant throughout their career, finishing almost all of their opponents. Both are also champions in their respected divisions. I would have put Holly Holm instead of Amanda Nunes but I am pretty sure that Cyborg and Holm will face each other that it is no longer a dream match and instead is reality. This is a dream match because of the Nunes being unwilling to face Cyborg. Cyborg would clearly have the edge with her frame and impressive winning streak but Amanda Nunes’ hands and Jiu-Jitsu should give Cyborg her toughest challenge yet.

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#7. Demetrious Johnson vs. Cody Garbrandt

This is a fight that both fighters have requested but were refused. The magnitude of this fight would be huge. It would be the biggest little man fight in UFC history with both winning streaks on the line as well as a title. The UFC wants TJ Dillashaw to face Demetrious Johnson instead. This is baffling because this fight makes more sense since both are champions. Plus, both are gifted athletes who have impressive striking and great wrestling to make this a barn burner.

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#6. Tyron Woodley vs. Michael Bisping

These are probably the two most hated champions in not only UFC today but also in UFC history. Tyron Woodley has the power and wrestling to takeout anyone in his division. Michael Bisping has the reach and size advantage as he is the king of the middleweight division to Woodley’s welterweight division. You can make a case for either fighter but expect many boos to fill the arena if the two meet face-to-face in the octagon.

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#5. Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier started his career at heavyweight, where he is undefeated at, and was the form UFC Light Heavyweight champion . Stipe Miocic is the current heavyweight champion who is one win away from having the most title defenses in the heavyweight division’s history. What more needs to be said? If Cormier moves to heavyweight and gains a win or two, he can petition for a title shot in this potential dream fight.

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#4. Anthony Johnson vs. Alistair Overeem

Two of the baddest and most scariest knockout artists in the history of MMA going up against each other is what any sane man would want to see. Alistair Overeem may be the bigger fighter, but he has shown that his chin is not hard to crack if you so much as touch it. Anthony Johnson meanwhile has never been finished via strikes except for one time by an eyepoke. This is very unlikely to happen due to Johnson’s apparent retirement and unwillingness to move up weight class. But a fan can dream, right?

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#3. Conor McGregor vs. Nick Diaz

Two of the most toxic fighters in UFC history. The press conferences alone would be amazing. Conor McGregor already had a couple of fights with Nick Diaz’s younger brother Nate Diaz, but how would he fare against the older brother who is a former Strikeforce champion? They also have some of the best boxing in the business which would make for a fun fight to watch.

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#2. Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar

Here is the fight that is possibly closest to happening. Both are monsters in their divisions, so putting them against each other makes sense. I’ve talked about this fight before in the past so if you want to see that be sure to CLICK HERE. Even though this would be a huge draw, it is not number one on my lift. That goes to two of the greatest of all time.

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#1. Anderson Silva vs. Georges St-Pierre

Number one on this list if a fight fans have been asking for for many years. The fact that this fight has not happened yet is depressing. These two dominated their division and are known by nearly every fight fan and casual alike. The fight is still possible though with both fighters still competing, but a lot would have to happen for it to come to fruition. I guess in the meantime I will have to just play EA Sports UFC 2 with these fighters instead until then.

What's Going On?

What’s Going On? (July 30th – August 5th)

A whole new week means a whole new set of MMA news and events that needs to be discussed by yours truly. So let’s get right into it with some interesting topics for this week:

Tyron Woodley news

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Tyron Woodley has been the topic of much discussion lately in the MMA community. Ever since he had a controversial performance against Demian Maia many people have given their criticism of the UFC Welterweight Champion. However, the fans are not the only ones that has a problem with Woodley. Dana White has shown his displeasure as well even going as far as to give the Georges St-Pierre fight to Michael Bisping instead. “The Chosen One” fired back by threatening to leak confidential information if White did not apologize. According to White, he and Woodley has made up and that Woodley did not mean the comments made towards him. I believe that Woodley was in the right in these remarks as it can become frustrating when even your own boss is being disrespectful towards you after all of the hard work you have done. Although I agree with Woodley on some of these issues, his stance against Robbie Lawler getting a title shot is a bit baffling seeing how Lawler is very deserving of a title shot after his run as a champion and his win over Donald Cerrone. With Woodley being out for about 180 days due to a medical suspension, maybe he will have time to consider Lawler as an opponent. If you want to hear more about Tyron Woodley then CLICK HERE to check out this post I made regarding “The Chosen One.”

Daniel Cormier on his loss at UFC 214

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First off, thank you all for the kind words. I have felt the support. Congratulations to Jon Jones and his team. They did a phenomenal job and got the victory. Also, to Big John McCarthy, I would like to apologize for acting up with you. I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight. You are the best in the business for a reason. I also wanna thank my team and my coaches. I love you all from the bottom of my heart. Your time and energy is greatly appreciated. You guys did a wonderful job, I was ready. It's a fist fight and things happen. Dana White and the @ufc, thank you for being the premiere organization in all of MMA. Again, congrats to Team Jones and JacksonWink. Love you all. I'll see you soon. DC 📷@layziethesavage

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It was heartbreaking for Daniel Cormier when he lost his title at UFC 214 to Jon Jones. According to Michael Bisping, however, it must have been sweet revenge for Jones. I think that’s a fair assumption. It is delightful to see Cormier handling his loss much better now that he has had time to take it all in. Afterall, he did get a generous payday of $1 million for his efforts. Many have been wanting him to go up to heavyweight and attempt to make a title run there. I have been wanting him to challenge the heavyweight champion for a long time and this seems like the best time to try to make that happen. Even though he suffered a devastating loss, I feel it has opened up a gateway to new opportunities for him.

 

Jon Jones vs. Brock Lesnar

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This super fight is starting to gain some momentum after rumors began circulating of the two facing off against each other. Jon Jones is the odds on favorite to win, especially after his performance this past weekend, but at the same time Brock Lesnar is not someone to sleep on. The fight is not likely to happen,though, until a whole year from now according to reputable source Dave Meltzer. It appears Jones will have to settle with defending his title against a top contender instead, the most likely option being Alexander Gustafsson. Volkan Oezdemir has also been petitioning for a title shot after two first round knockout victories against both Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with a combined time of 1 minute and 10 seconds. The UFC should book Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 with Oezdemir as a backup plan in case one of them pulls out. Retired UFC fighter, Anthony Johnson has also stated he would come back to fight Jones for the right price but I feel this would be pointless due to Johnson’s lack of interest in the fight game. With Jones being the new #1 P4P fighter and UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, he has a lot of responsibility and hopefully won’t blow it this time like he has many other times in his career. He now vows to be the champ fans deserve. One thing that would help is for him to make amends with Dana White. Jones felt abandoned when White neglected him in his time of need when in reality it was White who should be upset at Jones for ruining the UFC 200 main event they had planned. Right now is Jones’ time to really show the world that he is a changed man. Here’s to hoping he is.

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor fight over glove size

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Glove size has been a widely debated issue when it comes down to the big money fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. The bout is going to take place in a boxing ring under boxing rules with 10 oz. gloves, that is unless these two have anything to say about it. Mayweather first posted on social media that he would allow McGregor the opportunity to where 8 oz. gloves instead of the normal sized boxing gloves.

McGregor then responded by stating he normally fights in 4 oz. gloves in MMA competition. The two both seem to want this glove change to happen but the commission may have a hard time granting permission. According to the NAC, Mayweather’s team has already reached out to them about getting the glove sizes changed for McGregor. This is surprising to hear because I never would have thought Mayweather would allow McGregor to wear gloves that would give him a greater chance of knocking him out. When you’re going to make over $300 million, like Mayweather implied, I guess it does not matter if you win or not. Honestly though, I believe Mayweather wants to win this fight but does not want to hear any excuses from McGregor or his fans as to why “Mystic Mac” lost. I just want this fight to happen already so that McGregor can go back and finally defend his lightweight title against either Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson.

Michael Bisping vs Georges St-Pierre back on for UFC 217 in New York

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Th fight is back on and it will take place in New York at Madison Square Garden at UFC 217. Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre is a matchup that is hated by the fans due to how unnecessary it is. But seeing how there are no challengers is available to Bisping, the fight with GSP makes sense right now. Hopefully when the fight is over the winner can go back to facing the rightful new challenger in Robert Whittaker because that is all that really matters. This is just for entertainment purposes.

Other News

  • Frank Mir is negotiating a contracts with Bellator and ACB
  • Jose Aldo and Cub Swanson have both expressed interest in fighting one another
  • Brendan Schaub bets that if Conor McGregor doesn’t last 12 rounds with Floyd Mayweather then he will send a dick pic
  • UFC lightweight Drew Dober must move up in weight according to the CSAC
What Happened?

What Happened? (UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2)

Another great night of fights have ended when the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion faced off against one of the greatest of all time in a title fight in Anaheim, California. Now it is time to see how the fights went down and how my predictions fared at UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2:

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Jimi “Poster Boy” Manuwa vs. Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir

Volkan Oezdemir showed off more of his impressive knockout power in the clinch when he put Jimi Manuwa to sleep within the first round of the bout. His ability to land short, precise, and powerful punches to his opponent’s head from all kinds of angles in the clinch has become a staple for Oezdemir. He now has three straight wins over some of the best this division has to offer. Is a title shot somewhere over the horizon?

Winner: Volkan Oezdemir via Knockout in Round 1

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“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler vs. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone

The fight was everything the fans could have hoped for. Robbie Lawler pressed forward with an endless barrage of strikes that put Donald Cerrone in all kinds of trouble. He was able to turn the table and outstrike Lawler in the later part of the fight. Alas it was not enough as Lawler was able to secure the win according to the judges.

Winner: Robbie Lawler via Majority Decision

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Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vs. Tonya “Triple Threat” Evinger

Cyborg did what she does best and that’s hurt other people. Tonya Evinger showed toughness but was clearly outskilled and outmuscled in this one. Cyborg was able to get the job done in the third with the help of some well placed knee strikes to the head.

Winner: Cyborg via Technical Knockout in Round 3

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Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley vs. Demian Maia

As expected. the fans tore this match to shreds. It was not that bad in my opinion but seeing how this broke the record for the least amount of strikes thrown in a fight is probably a good reason to keep this fight low on your lists for best fights of all time. In the end, Tyron Woodley’s takedown defense (and fence grabbing maybe) won him the fight as he was able to keep the fight standing and outpoint Demian Maia to a well deserved title defense.

Winner: Tyron Woodley via Majority Decision

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Daniel “DC” Cormier vs. Jon “Bones” Jones

This was a crazy way to end a very stacked card. Daniel Cormier was looking sharper than ever against the puzzle that is Jon Jones. It was close until a question mark type kick from Jones landed on Cormier that helped dethrone the champion and crown a new yet familiar one. Jones showed that he is a change man on this night (even giving a sorrowful Cormier some love) and is looking to conquer The Beast in a future bout.

Winner: Jon Jones via Knockout in Round 3

Predictions vs. Actual Results:

Here are my predictions with some interesting stats to go along with it:

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  • 80% of winners picked correctly
  • 60% of both winners and method of victory picked correctly
  • 40% of predictions were perfect picks