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While mixed martial arts seems a natural transition for wrestlers, who have few professional career paths once they emerge from the collegiate or Olympic ranks, UFC standout Nick Diaz believes that football players actually make the move to fighting better than do their wrestling counterparts.
“You know, actually, football players, they do the best in MMA,” Diaz said in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. “A lot of times, you get a lot of wrestlers and they’re very one-dimensional. They develop a lot of bad habits.”
Former Pro Bowl NFL player Greg Hardy is one of the latest pro football players to make the move to mixed martial arts and recently landed a spot on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. He has landed three knockouts in his first three fights, but is still a fairly unknown commodity.
Other football players that have made the transition with differing degrees of success include Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schaub, and Herschel Walker. Though he never made the final roster, Brock Lesnar was briefly a member of the Minnesota Vikings.