Some fans might not like to admit it, but in many ways the worlds of the UFC and WWE are extremely close.
The UFC prides itself on being “as real as it gets” and doesn’t script its matches like WWE. However, that didn’t stop the MMA promotion from being inspired by the professional wrestling giant.
Nowadays, of course, it can be argued that the UFC is more successful than WWE in the world, especially when it comes to pay-per-view purchases.
However, it is also indisputable that the UFC probably wouldn’t be where it is today without the inspiration from Vince McMahon’s promotion.
Here are five reasons why the UFC wouldn’t be the same without WWE.
# 5. Wacky UFC personalities take direct inspiration from those in WWE
The world of WWE has always been built on the backs of the wacky and outspoken personalities of the promotion.
While it’s important for a wrestler to be able to work inside the ring, WWE’s biggest stars – names like The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and John Cena – have all reached the highest levels of fame. because of their personality and their microphone abilities.
The UFC is slightly different in that to be successful in promotion you need to have some high level combat capabilities at least. But at the highest level – just like in WWE – to become a megastar that makes money, it’s about whether you have a larger-than-life personality.
The biggest stars in UFC history – names like Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, and Ken Shamrock – have all drawn fans in with their ability to speak well and act like big stars.
Even less wacky stars like Georges St-Pierre and Anderson Silva were just playing good guys in WWE. They’ve done some of their best work alongside seemingly mean foils like Nick Diaz and Chael Sonnen.
The UFC obviously doesn’t create characters as wild as WWE – you won’t see any UFC fights taking place in red light, for example.
Dana White and her team clearly understand that in order to be a star with the fans, a fighter needs to have a lot of personality and ability on the mic. It’s a lesson the UFC learned directly from WWE.