Sports entertainment provides pathway to UF




Professional wrestling continues to strengthen the credibility of fighters wanting to test themselves in mixed martial arts.

Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) star Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks recently signed a multi-fight contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Brooks has no amateur wrestling background, but has trained in kempo (Japanese martial arts) and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

History suggests a background in martial arts or amateur wrestling will only enhance his prospects of making a successful transition.

UFC Hall of Famer and former professional wrestler Ken Shamrock made his name in Japan with Pancrase, and became the first ever King of Pancrase.

Ex-wrestler and mixed martial artist Dan Severn developed his craft in amateur wrestling and won multiple titles before becoming a professional UFC fighter in 1994.

Former UFC and current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is a former National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) amateur wrestling champion.

Professional wrestling may…

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