ByJosh Molina, writer at
Covers mixed martial arts and professional wrestling and the convergence of the two industries.
Josh Molina

Wow, Stipe Miocic can knock you out and knock a ball out of the ballpark.

As the MLB playoffs get underway, let's take a quick look at some of the UFC fighters who have some baseball skills, or at the very least, enjoy trying to cross over from MMA to the MLB.

It turns out that the UFC Heavyweight Champion, an unabashed fan of the AL Central Champion Cleveland Indians, knows how to swing a bat as well as his fists. Check this video out and don't mistake the ball for Alistair Overeem's head:

Miocic played college baseball at Cleveland State University.

And then there's Johny Hendricks, who resides near the American League West Texas Rangers. The former UFC welterweight champion and All-American wrestler at Oklahoma State University seemed to pick up some baseball skills along the way. He's not exactly Madison Bumgarner, but here he is throwing some wicked breaking balls:

Those lefties, they got it easy.

And now we move to current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Woodley threw out the first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals game, a little more than a year ago, long before he won the UFC championship.

Clayton Kershaw he is not, but then again, Kershaw probably couldn't last a minute with Robbie Lawler inside the Octagon. Woodley clearly needs to get his arm stretched out more to increase his velocity, but a short forearm works well in MMA.

If CM Punk can jump from pro wrestling to MMA, certainly these fighters can have a little fun playing baseball. Just don't put them on the mound or at the plate during the World Series. The hardcore baseball fans would certainly cry foul.

Lead image courtesy John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports


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