Deion Sanders did it. So did Brian Jordan. Bo Jackson was probably the best at it. Michael Jordan tried it and failed miserably. Brock Lesnar has been successful in both.
All of these athletes have, at one time or another, crossed over from their initial sport into another one. Deion Sanders, Brian Jordan, and Bo Jackson all were football players who crossed over to baseball and were successful in MLB. Many people remember Michael Jordan retiring from the NBA to pursue a career in baseball. Unfortunately for him, he never made it above the AA level of the minor leagues.
Brock Lesnar was a professional wrestler with WWE (fake fighting) who retired from the company to pursue a career in MMA (real fighting). Now, Dave Batista is trying to follow Lesnar’s lead.
I’ve never been one to tell a person that they shouldn’t try something. If you’ve got a goal in mind, I feel that you should do all you can to achieve your dreams. Batista is another story though. Yes, he’s a tough individual. He competed in the WWE for just over a decade. His body has taken more bumps and bruises than most of us will ever have in our lifetime.
However, MMA is for professional, trained fighters. Before Brock Lesnar wrestled in the WWE, he was an All American college wrestler for the University of Minnesota. He’s got the training and skills needed to succeed in MMA. Batista, on the other hand, was a bouncer in a bar before he entered WWE. The only thing that he was taught was how to properly dispose of a drunk at a bar.
If Batista really wants to try MMA, then by all means…I think that he should go for it. I just hope that he realizes that the MMA fights do not have a pre determined winner. Batista was a superstar in WWE, but he’s starting at the bottom of a very tall totem pole in MMA and will need to put in a lot of work to be victorious.
Looks and charisma may make a superstar in WWE, but in MMA they don’t mean a thing.