UFC has always been praised as the most prestigious tournament for mixed martial artists. They have hired some of the best fighters in the world to go head-to-head for the belt in their respective division. Many of the fighters decide to put an end to their careers after retiring from the UFC. But, some ventured into other businesses and continued their career in other areas. In light of that claim, we decided to give you a small list of UFC fighters who went on to the WWE world after putting an end to their UFC career.
WWE are always keen on recruiting MMA fighters and before we unveil the list, some excellent fights are coming up in the UFC events in the next couple of months, so we felt obliged to share the info, as well as some of the odds.
UFC 243 has Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya as headliners of the night. Robert Whittaker’s odds of winning are 4/6, and Israel Adesanya’s odds are 5/4. Al Iaquinta and Dan Hooker will also test each other’s strengths. Al’s odds are 5/6 and Dan’s odds are 10/11. Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington will fight for the Women Bantamweight belt. Holm’s odds are 1/2. And Raquel’s odds are 13/8.
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UFC 244 will bring a slaughter and a fight that fans have been dying to watch. The fight of the night at the event is Jorge Masvidal versus Nate Diaz. Online bookies have shared the odds for the fight. Jorge is currently sitting at 1/2, while Nate’s odds are 17/10. In the Women’s Category, Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia will test their strengths, but as of right now, online bookies haven’t shared the odds.
Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie are headlining UFC 245. Nunes’ odds are 1/3 and Germaine’s odds are 9/4. Now that we’ve shared some light into the fights, let’s give you the list of UFC fighters that had a career in WWE as well.
CM Punk was one of the most famous fighters in WWE 10 years ago. He decided to step into the octagon in 2014, but his career was really short. He lost in his debut and suffered a second defeat at UFC 225 against Mike Jackson.
Lesnar is one of the most famous fighters that participated in both UFC and WWE. His first deal with UFC had him fighting in the period from 2008 to 2011. He returned to the Championship in 2016, but after he got suspended, Lesnar decided to retire in 2018.
Dan Severn was the first-ever wrestler to enter the UFC. He signed an agreement with UFC in 194 and had his debut at UFC 4 where he impressed the audience, but lost Royce Gracie. In 2013, Dan Severn announced his retirement from MMA competition.
Labelled as the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” in the WWE, Ken Shamrock participated in the UFC’s earliest years of existence. He participated in UFC 1, and was part of the championship from 1993 to 1996. He was famous for his rivalry with Royce Gracie.
She is the infamous UFC champion and one of the best female fighters ever. Rousey was dominating her division. She suffered her first career defeat against Holly Holm, she spent a year training for her comeback. Ronda made her return on December 30, 2016 against Amanda Nunes, but suffered a second defeat. Couple of months after the loss, she announced her partnership with WWE.