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Comparison of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts

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 that have competed in both professional wrestling and MMA.

ComparisonEdit

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 a championship in both MMA and Pro Wrestling include Bobby Lashley (Shark Fights Heavyweight Championship[6] as well as the Impact Global Championship[7]), and Dan Severn who won the UFC Superfight Championship, and the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

RivalryEdit

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 wrestlersEdit

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]

Name W L D Ref
Tank Abbott 10 15 0
Peter Aerts 1 2 0
Aaron Aguilera 0 1 0
Akebono 0 4 0 [9]
Schuyler Andrews 2 1 0
Yoji Anjo 0 5 1 [10]
Shinya Aoki 43 9 1 [11]
Daria Berenato 2 1 0
Josh Barnett 33 7 0
Phil Baroni 16 18 0 [12]
Shayna Baszler 15 11 0
Dave Bautista 1 0 0
Scott Bigelow 0 1 0
Dan Bobish 17 9 0
Stephan Bonnar 15 9 0
William Brenneman 0 1 0
Canek 1 0 0
Dos Caras Jr. 9 5 0
Anthony Carelli 0 1 0
Tim Catalfo 4 2 0
Mark Coleman 16 10 0
Jessamyn Duke 3 5 0
Don Frye 20 9 1
Katsuhisa Fujii 9 18 1 [13]
Kazuyuki Fujita 18 14 0 [14]
Masakatsu Funaki 40 13 2 [15]
Jack Gallagher 2 0 0
Matt Ghaffari 0 1 0
Rodney Glunder 25 20 3 [16]
Gerard Gordeau 2 2 0 [17]
Jake Hager 2 0 0
Tony Halme 0 4 0
Volk Han 21 8 1
Tom Howard 0 8 0
Mark Hunt 13 14 1
Quinton Jackson 37 13 0
Nathan Jones 0 1 0
Kid Kash 0 1 0
Yusuke Kawaguchi 18 12 0
Mark Kerr 15 11 0
Kōji Kitao 1 2 0
Yujiro Kushida 6 0 2
Bobby Lashley 15 2 0
Muhammed Lawal 21 6 1
Jérôme Le Banner 3 3 0
Brock Lesnar 5 3 1
Jushin Thunder Liger 0 1 0
Rodney Mack 1 1 0
Carl Malenko 6 4 0
Daijiro Matsui 12 28 6
Justin McCully 11 5 2
Taka Michinoku 0 1 0
Ikuhisa Minowa 59 37 8
Nick Mitchell 0 1 0
Kazunari Murakami 5 5 0
Shinsuke Nakamura 3 1 0
Yuichiro Nagashima 4 3 0
Yuji Nagata 0 2 0
Jan Nortje 2 6 0
Giant Ochiai 3 3 2
Naoya Ogawa 7 2 0
Sean O'Haire 4 2 0
Tito Ortiz 20 12 1
Alexander Otsuka 5 13 0
Craig Pittman 2 2 0
Mike Polchlopek 1 1 0
Daniel Puder 8 0 0
CM Punk 0 2 0
Kevin Randleman 17 16 0
Jeremiah Riggs 7 7 0
Matthew Riddle 8 3 2
Ronda Rousey 12 2 0
Bas Rutten 28 4 1
Kazushi Sakuraba 26 15 1
Yukio Sakaguchi 6 7 1
Dolgorsürengiin Serjbüdee 1 0 0
Naoki Sano 0 4 0
Bob Sapp 11 16 0
Kensuke Sasaki 2 0 0
Masaaki Satake 1 8 1
Hikaru Sato 24 23 4
Gzim Selmani 4 2 0
Dan Severn 101 19 7
Ken Shamrock 28 17 2
Katsuyori Shibata 4 11 1
Akira Shoji 14 17 5
Paulo Cesar Silva 2 6 0
Shinichi Suzukawa 2 4 0
Minoru Suzuki 30 20 0
Tim Sylvia 31 10 0 [18]
Nobuhiko Takada 2 6 2
Yoshihiro Takayama 1 4 0
Lei'D Tapa 0 2 0
Sylvester Terkay 3 1 0
Frank Trigg 21 9 0 [19]
Bart Vale 1 2 0
Paul Varelans 9 9 0 [20]
Wakakirin 2 4 0
Wakashoyo 0 6 1
Ron Waterman 16 6 2
Steve Williams 0 1 0
Tadao Yasuda 2 4 0
Naofumi Yamamoto 0 1 0
Yoshihisa Yamamoto 14 25 1
Emmanuel Yarbrough 1 2 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Barthes, Roland (1957). "The World Of Wrestling". Mythologies. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
  2. ^ Hanstock, Bill (November 12, 2017). "An MMA Fighter Won A Fight With A Shoot Dragon Sleeper". Uproxx.com. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Michael McAvennie (2003). "WWE The Yearbook: 2003 Edition". Pocket Books. p. 200.
  4. ^ Spade, Bobby (September 2, 2008). "Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Couture". NoDQ.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2008. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  5. ^ Ordoñez, Milan (December 19, 2017). "Jim Ross: Fans are 'jonesing' for Lesnar's UFC return because MMA is lacking superstars right now". Bloody Elbow Magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Gerweck, Steve. "Bobby Lashley wins MMA title in Lubbock". Gerweck.net. Archived from the original on December 7, 2012. Retrieved November 12, 2011.
  7. ^ "TNA Impact Wrestling Results (8/11): Damien Sandow TNA Debut, Titles Vs. Title, Lashley Vs. Storm".
  8. ^ Burke, Tim (Dec 18, 2017). "Daniel Cormier disses pro wrestling spots, gets into Twitter beef with Cody Rhodes". Bloody Elbow Magazine. Retrieved January 3, 2018.
  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.