Three Superstars That Have Performed in The WWE and Fought In The UFC

 There haven’t been too many sports that can equal the number of superstars that have fought in two sports more so than the WWE and UFC over the past couple of years. There have been a number of superstars that have appeared in both UFC and WWE throughout their careers, but have these superstars achieved more success in the octagon or in the world of sports entertainment?

Brock Lesnar

It would be hard to start anywhere else than the man who paved the way for superstars to transition between the WWE and UFC. Lesnar started his career with the WWE after coming through the developmental brand OVW, which also included esteemed future superstars such as John Cena, Randy Orton and Batista. Lesnar would become the biggest star of the three in his early years with the company, as he would become the second fastest superstar to win the WWE Championship.

He would leave the WWE in 2004 after tiring of the schedule, and he eventually landed in the UFC in 2008. Lesnar defied all expectations inside the octagon as he would win the UFC Heavyweight Championship in his third fight with the company. After defeat to Alistair Overeem in 2011, Lesnar decided to return to the WWE in 2012. His second tenure with the company has been a huge success, as he held the Universal Championship for over a year, and also ended the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 30.

Ronda Rousey

One of the biggest names in the world of MMA over the past ten years has been Ronda Rousey. Rousey was the biggest factor behind the success of the women’s division in the UFC, and at her peak was the most frightening woman on the planet inside the octagon. She was the first UFC Bantamweight champion, and she successfully defended the belt for three years before being beaten by Holly Holm in one of the biggest shocks in the UFC. During that reign, she was constantly one of the most popular UFC predictions amongst gamblers.

She would lose again in the UFC in the following year to Amanda Nunes, before revealing that she would be retiring from MMA. Rousey then progressed to the world of WWE, and immediately became a star. In less than a year, she would win the Raw Women’s Championship, which makes her the only woman to have won championships in both WWE and UFC. The crowning moment of that reigns came at WrestleMania, as she would be among the first women to main event the show alongside Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair.

CM Punk

Progressions to the UFC haven’t always been successes, and the biggest example of that came at UFC 203 as CM Punk made his debut against Mickey Gall. Punk would fight twice in the UFC before being released. However, there is no questioning his reputation in the wrestling world.

Punk remains the longest reigning WWE champion of the modern era and one of the pioneers that can be credited to the success of indie wrestlers in the WWE in this modern day. He decided to retire from professional wrestling in 2014 after bitter falling out with the WWE, but fans are still hopeful that he will return to the company at some point in the future.