With each types sharing a historical past courting again to the times of catch-as-catch-can, it is no shock that there was a storied custom of intersections between the worlds {of professional} wrestling and blended martial arts.

In Japan, the place the puroresu type comes a lot nearer to emulating a reliable fight sport, crossovers between wrestling and MMA have traditionally been extraordinarily frequent. This was maybe finest exemplified when the legendary Kazushi Sakuraba is alleged to have remarked: “In actual fact, professional wrestling is robust” after profitable the UFC Japan event together with his expertise as a shoot-style grappler behind him.

In more moderen years fighters reminiscent of Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, and Matt Riddle have confirmed that the air of legitimacy that surrounds an expert fighter can show to be extremely useful for these wishing to take their abilities into the squared circle.

Nevertheless, not each transition from the Octagon to the ring has proved to be a profitable one. Many fight sports activities athletes have discovered that though they’re conditioned to cope with the bodily nature {of professional} wrestling, the opposite, equally necessary, sides of the craft weren’t fairly as simple to become familiar with.