Successful WWE Wrestlers in MMA – The Lesser Known

The King of Strong Style

Shinsuka Nakamura is nicknamed The King of Strong Style, known for his shoot style of fighting that means realistic wrestling approach, using an array of kicks, punches and moves one might see executed in MMA it is interesting to note that he is actually 3-1 in MMA, as many wrestlers from Japan do, many make the transition to MMA. What makes Nakamura’s career in MMA so interesting is that of his 3-1 record all fights ended by way of submission, his one loss coming from 5th degree BJJ Black Belt Daniel Gracie, with his other 3 wins all being by submission, submitting the 11-0 boxer Jan Nortje as well as submitting Alexey Ignashov, a K-1 Kickboxer who has victories over Badr Hari (KO), Peter Aerts (UD), Mike Bernardo (KO), Daniel Ghita (UD), Remy Bonjasky (UD) & Semmy Schilt (KO). The Kickboxer Nakamura beat was a very legit one indeed.


A very legitimate wrestler as an amateur in Greco-Roman wrestling, winning Gold at the Central American and Caribbean Games, medalling at the Pan American Championships and won Bronze and the Junior World Championships. Jose Rodriguez (Alberto Del Rio/El Patron) had a successful 9-5 MMA career, winning all of his fights by finish, 7 submissions, 1 injury and 1 KO via head kick, although he had a successful MMA career he will often be remembered for facing Mirko Cro Cop at Pride Bushido 1, getting stopped via head kick KO in 46 seconds of round one wearing a Luchador mask, as tribute to his Mexican heritage of professional wrestling.

The Dominator

Bobby Lashley had a successful MMA career after having an extensive career from amateur wrestling. He managed to go 15-2 in his professional MMA career defeating some names like Bob Sapp, Dan Charles, James Thompson, Josh Appelt and Wes Sims. Lashley competed for organisations like Strikeforce and Bellator MMA.

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