John Cena doesn't understand why some current or former WWE Superstars would have any interest in fighting over in the mixed martial arts (MMA) world for the UFC.
In the past former WWE Superstars such as CM Punk, Batista, Jack Swagger, Brock Lesnar, and Bobby Lashley have all decided to wonder over into the world of MMA after their time with the WWE came to an end.
Punk made his professional MMA debut two years ago and suffered a first round submission loss to Mickey gall in the UFC. Brock Lesnar signed with the UFC several years ago when his first stint with the WWE ended.
Lesnar has had the most success of any WWE Superstar in MMA, winning the UFC heavyweight title and earning wins over some of the biggest names in the sport such as Randy Couture, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin.
Lashley has been competing as a heavyweight for the Bellator MMA promotion for several years now. And Jack Swagger recently made the jump to MMA and signed with Bellator MMA as well. He has yet to have his first fight inside the cage.
Batista tried MMA for a one-off deal, earning a 1-0 record with a small promotion via a knockout win before hanging up the gloves for good.
John Cena was recently interviewed by Entertainment.ie to promote his new movie "Blockers," and was asked about the WWE-to-UFC trend. He said he can't understand why WWE Superstars would ever want to make the move (quotes via 411Mania):
“I don’t know why they would want to. I guess I’m just a sucker for what we do. I mean. you look at an individual like Brock [Lesnar], and I think he is really drawn to what the Octagon offers, but I more like what we do.
"Because I’m sitting here talking with you about a story. We tell stories in WWE, and that’s what I like the most. So, I can’t put myself in the shoes of like, ‘I would want to go do this in the Octagon.'”
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