Comparison of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts

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Professional wrestling and mixed martial arts (also known as MMA) both combine grappling and strikes. In MMA, fights are competitions, in contrast to professional wrestling where the outcomes and moves performed are often scripted or predetermined. Despite this difference, several people have competed in both professional wrestling and MMA.

Comparison[edit]

Professional wrestling could be considered a performance art which combines athletics with theatrical performance.[1] Matches are contested on a pre-determined basis, where the fight on display is merely for entertainment purposes. Viewers are integral to a professional wrestling match, as the audience is who the action is for. Professional wrestling mixes many styles of amateur wrestling, striking and showmanship to display a fight, whilst the two performers work together to achieve a "worked" fight. Professional wrestling was first popularized in the 19th century Europe as a carnival attraction.

Mixed Martial Arts, is a hybrid of many types of physical full-contact sports; including wrestling, boxing and Martial Arts, such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The early 1990s saw the Ultimate Fighting Championship popularize the term "Mixed Martial Arts", for such a bout. Competitors in MMA are generally skilled in many different styles, however, it is possible to be only proficient in one type of combat. As some professional wrestling moves are simply worked versions of legitimate holds, there can be a crossover between the two.[2]

Possibly the most successful crossover pro wrestler and MMA competitor is Brock Lesnar, who has won the world championships in both the WWE[3] and UFC.[4][5] Other wrestlers to have won world championships in both MMA and Pro Wrestling include Bobby Lashley (Shark Fights Heavyweight Championship[6] as well as the Impact Global Championship, the ECW Championship and the WWE Championship[7]), and UFC Hall of Famers Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock, who won the UFC Superfight Championship and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Rivalry[edit]

Since MMA's rise to prominence in the 1990s, some pro wrestlers or MMA fighters have been cynical against the other's profession. This can be an attack on the sport as a whole, or acting as a fan dismissing certain actions within that sport.[8]

MMA records of professional wrestlers[edit]

Below is a list of professional wrestlers to have appeared in an official Mixed Martial Arts match, and their career win/loss record.[citation needed]

Men[edit]

Name Nationality W L D Ref
Tank Abbott  USA 10 15 0
Peter Aerts  NLD 1 2 0
Aaron Aguilera  USA 0 1 0
Akebono  USA/ JPN 0 4 0 [9]
Schuyler Andrews  USA 2 1 0
Yoji Anjo  JPN 0 5 1 [10]
Shinya Aoki  JPN 46 9 1 [11]
Josh Barnett  USA 33 7 0
Phil Baroni  USA 16 19 0 [12]
Dave Bautista  USA 1 0 0
Scott Bigelow  USA 0 1 0
Dan Bobish  USA 17 9 0
Stephan Bonnar  USA 15 9 0
William Brenneman  USA 0 1 0
Canek  MEX 1 0 0
Dos Caras Jr.  MEX/ USA 9 6 0
Anthony Carelli  CAN/ ITA 0 1 0
Tim Catalfo  USA 4 2 0
Mark Coleman  USA 16 10 0
Don Frye  USA 20 9 1
Katsuhisa Fujii  JPN 9 18 1 [13]
Kazuyuki Fujita  JPN 18 14 0 [14]
Masakatsu Funaki  JPN 40 13 2 [15]
Jack Gallagher  UK 2 0 0
Matt Ghaffari  IRN/ USA 0 1 0
Rodney Glunder  NLD 25 20 3 [16]
Gerard Gordeau  NLD 2 2 0 [17]
Jake Hager  USA 3 0 1
Tony Halme  FIN 0 4 0
Volk Han  RUS 21 8 1
Tom Howard  USA 0 8 0
Mark Hunt  NZL 13 14 1
Quinton Jackson  USA 38 14 0
Nathan Jones  AUS 0 1 0
Kid Kash  USA 0 1 0
Yusuke Kawaguchi  JPN 18 12 0
Mark Kerr  USA 15 11 0
Kōji Kitao  JPN 1 2 0
Yujiro Kushida  JPN 6 0 2
Bobby Lashley  USA 15 2 0
Muhammed Lawal  USA 21 6 1
Jérôme Le Banner  FRA 3 3 0
Brock Lesnar  USA/ CAN 5 3 1
Jushin Thunder Liger  JPN 0 1 0
Rodney Mack  USA 1 1 0
Carl Malenko  USA 6 4 0
Daijiro Matsui  JPN 12 28 6
Justin McCully  USA 11 5 2
Taka Michinoku  JPN 0 1 0
Ikuhisa Minowa  JPN 64 42 8
Nick Mitchell  USA 0 1 0
Kazunari Murakami  JPN 5 5 0
Shinsuke Nakamura  JPN 3 1 0
Yuichiro Nagashima  JPN 4 3 0
Yuji Nagata  JPN 0 2 0
Jan Nortje  ZAF 2 6 0
Giant Ochiai  JPN 3 3 2
Naoya Ogawa  JPN 7 2 0
Sean O'Haire  USA 4 2 0
Tito Ortiz  USA 21 12 1
Alexander Otsuka  JPN 5 13 0
Craig Pittman  USA 2 2 0
Mike Polchlopek  USA 1 1 0
Daniel Puder  USA 8 0 0
CM Punk  USA 0 1 0
Kevin Randleman  USA 17 16 0
Jeremiah Riggs  USA 7 7 0
Matthew Riddle  USA 8 3 2
Bas Rutten  NLD/ USA 28 4 1
Kazushi Sakuraba  JPN 26 15 1
Yukio Sakaguchi  JPN 6 7 1
Dolgorsürengiin Serjbüdee  MNG 1 0 0
Naoki Sano  JPN 0 4 0
Bob Sapp  USA 11 16 0
Kensuke Sasaki  JPN 2 0 0
Masaaki Satake  JPN 1 8 1
Hikaru Sato  JPN 24 23 4
Gzim Selmani  NLD 4 2 0
Dan Severn  USA 101 19 7
Ken Shamrock  USA 28 17 2
Katsuyori Shibata  JPN 4 11 1
Akira Shoji  JPN 14 17 5
Paulo Cesar Silva  BRA 2 6 0
Shinichi Suzukawa  JPN 2 4 0
Minoru Suzuki  JPN 30 20 0
Tim Sylvia  USA 31 10 0 [18]
Nobuhiko Takada  JPN 2 6 2
Yoshihiro Takayama  JPN 1 4 0
Sylvester Terkay  USA 3 1 0
Frank Trigg  USA 21 9 0 [19]
Bart Vale  USA 1 2 0
Paul Varelans  USA 9 9 0 [20]
Wakashoyo  JPN 0 6 1
Ron Waterman  USA 16 6 2
Steve Williams  USA 0 1 0
Tadao Yasuda  JPN 2 4 0
Naofumi Yamamoto  JPN 0 1 0
Yoshihisa Yamamoto  JPN 14 25 1
Emmanuel Yarbrough  USA 1 2 0

Women[edit]

Name Nationality W L D Ref
Daria Berenato  USA 2 1 0
Shayna Baszler  USA 15 11 0
Melissa Cervantes  MEX 0 1 0 [21]
Jessamyn Duke  USA 3 5 0
Jeslen Mishelle Saenz (aka Desi Derata)  USA 2 0 0 [22] [23]
Ronda Rousey  USA 12 2 0
Lei'D Tapa  USA 0 2 0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Hanstock, Bill (November 12, 2017). "An MMA Fighter Won A Fight With A Shoot Dragon Sleeper". Uproxx.com. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
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  9. ^ Akebono Sherdog profile
  10. ^ Yoji Anjo Sherdog profile
  11. ^ Shinya Aoki Sherdog profile
  12. ^ Phil Baroni Sherdog profile
  13. ^ Katsuhisa Fujii Sherdog profile
  14. ^ Kazuyuki Fujita Sherdog profile
  15. ^ Masakatsu Funaki Sherdog profile
  16. ^ "Rodney Glunder – Sherdog". Sherdog.
  17. ^ "Gerard Gordeau – Sherdog". Sherdog.
  18. ^ Tim Sylvia Sherdog profile
  19. ^ Frank Trigg Sherdog profile
  20. ^ "Paul Varelans – Sherdog". Sherdog.
  21. ^ Melissa Cervantes Sherdog profile
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