No matter what the fans say or believe, professional wrestling and the sport of mixed martial arts aren’t that different. This fact has been made blatantly obvious ever since WME - IMG replaced Zuffa, as the owners of the biggest MMA promotion in the world. With the new regime being more interested in the entertainment value of the fight game, worthy title contenders and sensible matchups have been put on the back burner for the “money fights”.
This isn’t to say that UFC was always about upholding the integrity of the sport, or the variables that go along with it. Whether it was Dana White, or the fighters themselves, a lot of aspects of the world of professional wrestling have been carried over to the UFC.
The fighters themselves, over the years, have understood the importance of marketing themselves, and being entertaining. In this article, we take a look at five times UFC fighters imitated the WWE Superstars.
#1 Jon Jones - Honorary member of D Generation X
Jon Jones, among many other things, is also one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. The former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has proved time and again, that there is no one that can match him inside the Octagon.
Outside of it, though, is a completely different story.
Jon was touted to become a champion at a very young age. Jon Jones made his UFC debut at the age of 21, and by the time he turned 24, he was already the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Along the way, Jon defeated some of the biggest names in the world of MMA, including the likes of Shogun, Rashad, Rampage and Machida.
However, Jon’s reputation as a “party animal” soon caught up with him, and he has since been known as the ‘bad boy’ of MMA. Jon, to his credit has embraced the bad boy monicker, and one of his trademark taunts is - you guessed it - a crotch chop, a la the members of WWE’s D Generation X!