A lot of that could be attributed to the increasing number of MMA fighters coming over to the world of sports entertainment. Ken Shamrock is an early example during the Attitude Era, but recently we’ve seen Ronda Rousey, Cain Velasquez, Sean O’Haire, Alberto Del Rio, who all had MMA bouts before joining the WWE. Of course, there’s Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley, and CM Punk, who started in the WWE and then went to go fight “for real”.
Taynara Conti will join that rarefied list of superstars who have legitimate martial arts credentials. Before signing with the Connecticut-based organization, she was a longtime Judo practitioner who, to put it bluntly, kicked all types of butt. Her highlights show that Taynara was able to transition to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and regularly attended regional tournaments. She was even in Trials for her country’s Olympic team in 2016.