The worlds of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts have more than a few similarities. Both feature sweaty men in little shorts slamming each other around until one is beaten beyond recognition as a rabid crowd cheers on. The key difference is pro wrestling has staged confrontations and predictable outcomes while MMA has real blood and real fighting. However, some MMA fighters have a little “WWE” running through their veins and it often comes out in post fight interviews. Take, for instance, Chael Sonnen calling out Anderson Silva right after Sonnen’s impressive victory over Brian Stann at UFC 136. It’s the type of stuff pro wrestling fans gush over. From his berating of the Brazilian to throwing down a “loser leaves” stipulation, Sonnen had us wanting to chant his name in unison when he was finished (click here to watch). This outburst got us thinking about other MMA fighters who have the theatrical chops to become a WWE superstar. After combing through hours of trash talk and awkward promos, we found 10 fighters who must make Vince McMahon salvate.
Chael Sonnen’s tongue must have been touched by King Midas because everything this man spews before a fight is golden. Hands down the best self-promoter in the business.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has the uncanny ability to get under his opponent’s skin. If you need proof, look no further than his rivalry with Ken Shamrock. Ortiz taunted “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” for months until Shamrock blew a gasket at the press conference before their first fight. Ortiz backed up his trash talk with a good ol’ fashion ass whoopin. And that little grave-digging victory celebration schtick would be so awesome in the WWE.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
Rampage is never one to turn down an opportunity to trash talk. Not to mention that his antics are often very much like those of a professional wrestler. He dry-humps reporters. His stare down with Rashad Evans after he beat Keith Jardine at UFC 96 was just what the doctor ordered when it came to hyping up a fight. The “black on black crime” line is still classic to this day.
Jason “Mayhem” Miller
The mouth of Jason Miller never stops. Ever. He’s brash, eccentric and slightly annoying. These are all traits that Vince McMahon adores when seeking talent. When he interrupted Jake Shields‘ post-fight interview and demanded a rematch, the scene that followed was ripped out of the WWE playbook when an all out brawl ensued. Bad for MMA, great for the end of “Monday Night Raw.”
Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal
King Mo has always talked about being a professional wrestler. Hell, he’s even trained at the lauded power plant before deciding to make the jump to MMA. But you can still see traces of showman in his DNA when he enters the cage today. Eat your heart out, John Cena.
Taking a page out of the Ravishing Rick Rude playbook and dissing an entire city at the drop of a hat, Josh Koscheck celebrated his victory over Paul Daley at UFC 113 in Montreal by tearing into the city’s beloved Canadians before trash talking Georges St-Pierre. He’s lucky to have made it out of Canada alive.
Paul “Semtex” Daley
Talking trash is cool. Talking trash with an English accent makes it even more awesome.
If you know Diaz, then you know he talks more than a little bit of trash. This particular episode would have the WWE stumbling over themselves as Diaz uttered the classic words “Don’t be scared homey!” before getting into a brawl with KJ Noons and his father.
Well, Lesnar has already been a professional wrestler but he never sounded this awesome after a match. Dissing the sponsor? Check. Saying that you’re going to get on top of your wife after a big win? Classic.
With the WWE always seeking a new general manager, what better GM would there be than Dana White? The foulmouthed UFC President is never at a loss for words and would be much more fun to watch than current GM John Laurenitis, who has the personality of a dart board.