There have been many instances over the years of UFC fighters crossing over to WWE and vice-versa. Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, Matt Riddle, Bobby Lashley, and Shayna Baszler are some of the names who have made a name both inside the octagon and the squared circle.
However, there have also been a few instances when WWE superstars got involved with the UFC or with a UFC fighter, but not as a fellow competitor. From praising UFC fighters for a win to calling them out over social media to extending support for a promotional release, fans have seen WWE superstars make appearances in the UFC quite a bit.
Here are five times WWE Superstars got involved in the UFC.
#5 When Brock Lesnar took up Daniel Cormier's challenge at UFC 226
Brock Lesnar was a champion in the UFC, but at one point during his second tenure with WWE, he stood face-to-face with Daniel Cormier inside the octagon.
Brock Lesnar was on a three-month hiatus from WWE television following the Greatest Royal Rumble when he appeared as an audience member at UFC 226. He arrived cageside shortly before the main event fight, where then-light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier challenged Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt and a 'Champ-Champ' status.
With the job done and dusted with a first-round knockout, Daniel Cormier went on to call Brock Lesnar out in the post-fight interview.
"There's a guy that I've known for a long time. He's a wrestler, he's an All-American, he's a former UFC champion. I never thought I would fight him, but Brock Lesnar get your a*s in here," DC said.
Most fighters acknowledge being called out at cageside with a smile and a nod, or at the very most, shouting something back from their seats - but not Brock Lesnar. 'The Beast Incarnate' got up and marched right into the cage and proceeded to shove the newly-crowned UFC double-champion.
When it was Brock Lesnar's turn to talk, he came up with an even fiercer response.
"Let me tell you something, I walked into this building and watched the heavyweight disasters from the beginning. (Francis) Ngannou is a piece of s**t. Miocic is a piece of s**t. ‘DC,’ I’m coming for you motherf**ker!"
With the collective star-power that Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar had, the UFC could have had yet another massive pay-per-view event pitting the two of them against each other in a heavyweight battle. However, the fight never came to fruition and both of them went different ways in their respective careers.
While most fans ruled out the possibility of Brock Lesnar getting a win over Daniel Cormier, 'DC' himself gave credit where it was due.
#4 When Shane McMahon tried to buy the UFC
WWE chief Vince McMahon's son, Shane McMahon, who is also a minority owner and producer at the company, showed interest in purchasing the UFC way before it was a global phenomenon. According to longtime WWE employee Bruce Pritchard, Shane McMahon attempted to branch out of the generational family business of wrestling and invest in the up-and-coming mixed martial arts promotion.
However, Shane McMahon failed the takeover bid, even though it was quite reasonably priced.
In a January 2021 episode of Something to Wrestle With podcast, Bruce Pritchard revealed the details of why Shane McMahon did not end up being the new owner of the UFC. As it turned out, Vince McMahon was not prepared to pay what the then-owners, Semaphore Entertainment Group, were asking for.
"Bob Meyrowitz was putting UFC out there in wanting to sell and also looking at ways to change, and, what have you. So, I know that Shane was definitely interested in buying the UFC and during that time, we had meetings with Meyrowitz and Campbell McLaren. I think that, first of all, originally they weren't asking for a whole lot. They weren't asking for a lot, but it was more than Vince was willing to pay at the time, and the overhaul on the UFC that the Fertittas were able to pull off, and Dana White with the overhaul with the rules and the presentation and everything else, was the best thing that could have happened to them. I don't know that we as a company, could have overcome the stigma of WWE owning UFC and been able to make all the changes that UFC needed to make," Bruce Pritchard said.
Instead, the company was sold for $2 million to Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta instead, who put Dana White in charge as the president of the promotion. The rest, as they say, is history.
#3 When The Undertaker stared down Brock Lesnar at UFC 121
Brock Lesnar, after just losing his UFC heavyweight belt to Cain Valesquez, walked out of the octagon while Mark Callaway, a.k.a. The Undertaker, was among the audience doing an interview with Ariel Helwani. Noticing Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker muttered the words: 'You wanna do it?'. The moment immediately went viral among fans of both the UFC UFC and WWE.
Mark Callaway finally opened up about the incident ten years later in yet another interview with Ariel Helwani, months before he made his final appearance inside the ring and let The Undertaker 'rest in peace'.
The Undertaker told Helwani that he was sent by the WWE to 'pick a fight' with Brock Lesnar, but he did not know that the UFC was unaware of what was going to happen.
"I was there to pick a fight. Yeah, I was sent there personally to pick a fight. I was unaware that (UFC president) Dana (White) had no clue what was gonna happen, which I felt horrible about after the fact. I thought there had been some kind of discussion between him and Vince (McMahon). At that time, Brock was so hot in the MMA world, so obviously, it’s like, ‘You know what? Why not try it.’ There was no personal animosity really, but it was basically me saying, ‘All right, you left our world, I’m gonna come into your world and I’m gonna call you out,’ and that was it," The Undertaker said.
He went on to jokingly blame Helwani for the 'huge media storm' that happened in the wake of the incident.
#2 When The Rock presented the BMF belt at UFC 244
Dwayne Johnson, a.ka. The Rock, gave his word to Jorge Masvidal that he would be there at Madison Square Garden to put the belt around his waist at UFC 244, and 'The People's Champion' kept his promise.
Despite not being a recognized as official UFC gold, the BMF title fight, specially designed for the UFC 244 battle between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, drew massive attention. Then-POTUS Donald Trump also made an appearance in the arena.
Unfortunately, the fight did not go as everyone expected. The bout ended in a doctor's stoppage and Jorge Masvidal was declared the winner after the cageside physician deemed Nate Diaz's cut to be too bad for him to continue.
As promised, The Rock wrapped the BMF belt around the waist of 'Gamebred' after Bruce Buffer announced him as the official winner.
#1 When Becky Lynch voiced over a UFC 264 promo for Conor McGregor
BT Sport brought together arguably the best that Ireland has to offer in their latest UFC 264 promo. Former WWE RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch lent her voice to the one-minute clip that documented the highs and lows of her fellow Irishman Conor McGregor's incredible UFC career so far.
The spine-chilling promo video dropped with less than a week remaining before Conor McGregor locks horns with Dustin Poirier for a third time in what promises to be the biggest UFC pay-per-view of the year.
"Some are born to take the middle path, the safe stretch of road but us warriors are born with something in us. The light in the dark, the fire and the ice, the good and the bad. It takes us down a different path, a path to glory that threatens to destroy us. For each battle is not fought in the canvas but the arena of the mind, where there is a fine line between genius and madness. Loved for the enemies slain, loathed for the destruction left behind. For the most notorious, it's not where the journey takes them but when the journey ends. So go forth brother, and let the battle begin," said Becky Lynch in the promo.
Becky Lynch did an excellent job with the voice-over, which goes on to show that 'The Man' can make her presence felt even when she is on hiatus from WWE television.
Watch the promo below: