CM Punk did it, and while he didn't win his first fight, at least he stepped into the Octagon. It seems like a sport-to-sport crossover isn't as outlandish as it seemed before.
What if other professional athletes made their transition to MMA?
I have chosen a few of my picks for athletes I'd love to see in a cage.
John Scott - NHL
John Scott is one of the most feared enforcers in the game. My favorite part of any hockey game, is when they fight, and I'm fairly certain we're all aware that hockey players aren't afraid to break a nose (or teeth). I actually think Scott might be the strongest candidate on this list for a crossover.
Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB
Puig has proved that, as a rookie, he can thrive, so perhaps being a rookie in MMA could also translate into success. He is one of the hotheads of baseball, with a wild streak that has seen him in sticky situations more than once. Perhaps a turn at MMA could calm his temper.
Simone Biles , Olympic Gymnastics
Don't let that pretty smile fool you. I bet Simone could throw down. She's already adored by most of the world, and has proved she's a serious athlete. I'd love to see her and the other American darling, Paige VanZant, in the octagon. Could Simone dethrone Paige and take the crown as sweetest MMA fighter ever?
Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks, NFL
We all know that the team usually protects the quarterback, but something tells me that Russell would have no problem defending himself. He's proved he can perform through injury, something all fighters go through. Perhaps with some BJJ training and a little stand-up, he could be the next big thing!
Derek Jeter - Yankees, MLB (retired)
I don't care who you are, you know who Derek Jeter is. He is beloved by pretty much everyone. Imagine if Jeter were to face Jon Jones. THAT would be the highest selling pay-per-view EVER. Even if Jeter totally sucked, you know he'd be smiling the whole time, having a blast. Now that he's retired, he'd have time to train. Win-win.
Lindsey Vonn, Skiing
You have to be fearless to do what Lindsey does, and you have to be fearless to get into a cage to fight another person. I think Lindsey is fearless. Not to mention, her lateral movements on the slopes could translate well into movement in the cage. Okay, maybe I am reaching there, but it might!
Serena Williams- Tennis
No one with guns like hers should be wasting that power on Tennis. No offense, tennis fans! I'd like to see what kind of punching power she has in those arms.
Andre Johnson- Tennessee Titans, NFL
I don't think I really need to explain why I want to see him in the cage. Just watch this:
Lebron James- Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA
Lebron James is a physical specimen. He would be terrifying in the cage. Could you see him facing Stipe Miocic or Daniel Cormier? I can! He's in the 250 range now so he's need to start cutting, but I can definitely picture it.
Ryan Lochte - Olympic Swimmer
Okay, so this is a dark horse, and he'd be controversial, for sure, but that's exactly why he's on my list. Protesters are showing up to picket at Dancing with the Stars, for heaven's sake. Who wouldn't line up to see him potentially get choked out?