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5 Reasons why Vince McMahon loves signing MMA Fighters and UFC Champions

Karan Bedi
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Published 08 Oct 2019, 17:50 IST
08 Oct 2019, 17:50 IST

Smells like greenbacks
Smells like greenbacks

If WWE fans missed SmackDown on Fox, they would have missed the likes of Cain Velasquez tackling Brock Lesnar and giving him a beating. This happened right after Lesnar beat Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship and according to recent reports, Velasquez will be challenging Lesnar for the title at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.

Velasquez's WWE debut generated a lot of mainstream buzz. While that closed the show, boxing champ Tyson Fury was also involved in an altercation with Braun Strowman, after jumping the barricade in an attempt to get physical with 'The Monster Among Men.' Rumors suggest that this could also lead to an appearance in Saudi Arabia. If there is one thing that Vince McMahon does exceptionally well, it's keeping WWE in the news at all times.

This all leads to some questions. Why over the last several years have there been numerous athletes from other combat sports crossing over to WWE? The tradition goes back decades and the answers are countless. But, "E pluribus unum" means "Out of many, one" or to be more specific, five. Here are 5 Reasons why Vince McMahon loves signing MMA Fighters and UFC Champions.

#5 Crossover Appeal

It does help
It does help

There are several WWE Superstars who have had a UFC or MMA background, such as Matt Riddle, Shayna Baszler, Ronda Rousey and others. WWE have always attracted athletes from various backgrounds, such as NFL, track and field, amateur wrestling, and MMA.

Vince McMahon has been doing this for years, ever since the very first WrestleMania, by getting celebrities, movie stars, singers and boxing legends like Muhammad Ali involved in WWE. This set the template going forward and launched WWE into the mainstream. The fact is that while WWE is popular, sometimes the company needs a little extra fuel in order to attract the attention of major media outlets worldwide.

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