Top 5 MMA Fighters that did Pro Wrestling

Bas Rutten

Bas Rutten

1. Bas Rutten

This Dutch MMA madman made a name for himself by knocking people out via liver strikes. He is disciplined in Kyokushin Karate, Shintai Karate, Judo and Taekwondo. Fought many battles in Pancrase and UFC. In the early 2000’s, the Dutchman broke out into the Japanese professional
wrestling world under the mentorship of Antonio Inoki. He learned new techniques for pro-wrestling and applied them during his stint in New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Finisher: Liver Strike
Signature: Liver Strike




Ken Shamrock

Ken Shamrock

2. Ken Shamrock

The world’s most dangerous man is known for his rivalry with Royce Gracie and domination during the early years of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He also competed in Pancrase with a fight here and there in Bellator. He was also a veteran and popular wrestler under the
World Wrestling Federation promotion. Shamrock has also performed around the world and under indie wrestling promotions; as well as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He debuted in 1990 and officially retired in 2013.
Finisher: Ankle Lock
Signature: Dragon Screw

Dan Severn

Dan Severn

3. Dan Severn

The legendary beast, Dan Severn, has fought over a hundred and twenty fights in his career as a mixed martial artist. He secured 101 of those fights with victories. This world record holder has competed in a staggering amount of promotions like King of the Cage, UFC, PRIDE FC, NWA and the World Wrestling Federation. He also managed and trained athletes such as Owen Hart and Al Snow.
Finisher: Armbar
Signature: Belly To Belly suplex




Masakatsu Funaki

Masakatsu Funaki

4. Masakatsu Funaki

The Modern Day Samurai is not only on of the co-founders of the fighting championship league, Pancrase, but he is also known for being one of the companies hardest shootfighters. This “symbol of Japan” holds wins over Ken Shamrock and Bas Rutten and multiple other legendary fighters. He was also very successful in professional wrestling promotions such as New Japan Pro Wrestling and All Japan Pro Wrestling.
Finisher: Cross Armbreaker
Signature: Backfist

Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar

5. Brock Lesnar

It’d be silly not to include this man as he has been a mainstream face for two of the largest companies that promote sports entertainment. Although Brock Lesnar was an amatuer and professional wrestler before he became a mixed martial artist, that never deterred him from becoming UFC Heavyweight Champion. At age 25 he won the WWE Championship which made him the youngest athlete to do so and secured a spot in the Guinness World Records fordoing so. He also had very successful stints in Japanese wrestling promotions.

Finisher: F-5
Signature: German Suplex