Recently it is becoming more clear that the UFC and WWE have strong crossover appeal. This can be attributed to shared athletes; Brock Lesnar and CM Punk went to the octagon, while Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg and Conor McGregor are teasing an arrival to WWE. The revenue and media attention from Punk and Lesnar’s fights in UFC are a clear sign that WWE should consider sending more superstars into the octagon. These five superstars are the most suitable to make the switch.
A former Golden Gloves and grappling champion, in addition to participating in the NFL, The Lone Wolf is an obvious choice to send over to UFC. He has proven his ability to take a punch and give one back, just ask some of his football teammates during training. His height and reach would only serve as more advantages to his already robust resume, all he would need to worry about is maintaining weight come fight day.
One of Corbin’s old rivals, The King of Strong Style is the next obvious choice. Although he has crafted the ability to sell his moves without actually hurting his opponents, Nakamura possesses some of the strongest kicks, elbows and forearm strikes within WWE. Just ask Austin Aries how he felt after being kicked in the eye. To top it all off Nakamura possess adequate skills in submission, evident by his flying arm bar which he can hit just about anywhere.
Many will shake their heads when they see this name, but the reality is Enzo Amore is money. He may not be the best in-ring worker, but his catchphrases combined with his on-screen (and off-screen) behavior make him must see. Obviously he lacks any real experience that could carry over, and is not the most physically gifted, but as we have seen in recent years those qualities aren’t as important. Whats important is being able to speak into a mic and making people listen and he is one of the best at doing that.
While his former tag team partner Chad Gable could also take this sport, Jason Jordan ultimately earned it because of his size. He has an background in amateur wrestling competing at Indiana University. Whats very interesting is that he competed at the 285 lb weight class while weighing at only a mere 225 lb, using his speed and agility to overcome his larger opponents. Clearly seen as the heir to Kurt Angle based off current storylines in WWE, Jordan could use a similar formula that Brock Lesnar used to gain success in the UFC.
Last but certainly not least is The Boss Sasha Banks. What makes her stand out among the rest of he superstars on this list is that she is the complete package. She is tough (demonstrated by her physical, hands on fighting style), good looking (Purple hair never gets old), strong on the mic and carries an aura that shows her commitment to her on-screen character. To top it all off she carries the Bank Statement, a powerful submission that can be hit from just about anywhere that even Ronda Rousey would be scared to get locked into. Her youth (age 25) only shows that she has not even reached her physical peak, so WWE better decide soon if they want to make her Raw Women’s Champion, or the next UFC champion.