Football and MMA are totally different things altogether, but they are both sports which require a certain level of strength and fitness. In spite of that, you wouldn’t really peg players – especially those in today’s game – for persons who would make good MMA fighters.
However, there are exceptions to all aspects of life, and the beautiful game is no different. You can definitely find a few players who could easily slot in as MMA fighters if they felt so inclined. We’ve picked out five of today’s stars - going based on their physique and temperament – who should consider a career in MMA after leaving the game.
This list is purely based on the players’ personalities and not their skills as fighters. It’s meant to be light hearted, so please make sure you take it that way! Let’s take a look at the first person on this list:
#1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The big Swede stands at 6 ft 5 in and weighs 209 pounds. Now plying his trade at Manchester United, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won trophies all over Europe.
At 35 years of age, the prolific forward is trying to win his first Premier League title with the Red Devils, having won league titles over at Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
He got off to a hot start in England, scoring the winner in the Community shield against league champs Leicester City, as well as four goals in his first seven top-flight appearances.
Zlatan would definitely be a hit as an MMA fighter. He’s certainly a physical specimen, but he would probably only need to rely on his confidence and cockiness to get the upper hand over opponents. What also adds to his MMA potential is the fact that he is a black belt in Taekwondo and has been a practitioner for a long time!
He’s got the size, he’s got the skills, he’s got the mentality and he’s definitely got the mouth.