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UFC’s Tito Ortiz Following Brock Lesnar to the WWE? MMA’s Most Famous Wrestlers
UFC star Tito Ortiz recently discussed his lengthy career in mixed martial arts with MMAHeat.com. In the course of the interview "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" also affirmed an interest in professional wrestling. Ortiz mentioned Brock Lesnar's advantageous return to World Wrestling Entertainment as inspiration, and complimented the successful wrestling company. Ortiz also mentioned possibly wrestling The Rock to find out who really is "The Peoples Champion?"
In the last 20 years, countless luminaries educated in mixed martial art found their way into the sports entertainment circuit. Here is a list of some of the more famous MMA combatants to enter the squared circle.
"The Beast" Dan Severn started competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship back in 1994. Shortly thereafter, Severn entered the pro wrestling world by participating in a Heavyweight Title match against the late Chris Candido. After winning the NWA Heavyweight Championship, Severn went on to capture the UFC Superfight Heavyweight Championship that same year. He was later employed by World Wrestling Entertainment where he feuded with the great Owen Hart.
Brock Lesnar aside, Ken Shamrock may be the most famous UFC transplant. "The World's Most Dangerous Man" was not the most graceful pro wrestler, but he certainly faired well in the circus like atmosphere. Shamrock was the special guest referee for the infamous bout between Bret Hart and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13. Ken wrestled for the WWE for several years, and held the company's Intercontinental and Tag Team Championship. Shamrock left the WWE after getting worn out by the busy travel schedule.
Tank Abbott was a street fighter from Huntington Beach when he entered the UFC in 1995. After a short career in the UFC, Abbott made his way to World Championship Wrestling where he became a "fan" of the boy band wrestling group called Three Count. Abbott came into WCW during a period that was hectic and confusing, so much of what he did has been forgotten. Tank had a unique look that was distinguishable among the chiseled bodies of the UFC and WCW. He looked like a bar room bully. Abbott made an unsuccessful return to UFC in the mid 2000s.
If Tito Ortiz did make the leap to World Wrestling Entertainment, his debut would rival that of Brock Lesnars. Contrary to Severn, Shamrock and Abbott, Ortiz's celebrity appeals to crowds beyond the UFC mainstays. He is a well known force in sports and if the WWE could arrest Ortiz by offering him a lucrative contract, Vince McMahon could count on a very sizable pay off.
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