American football itself is a brutal sport. Thus, it's not shocking to witness an NFL player making a jump to combat sports, which in this case is mixed martial arts. Here, we take a look at the top 5 NFL players who have tried their hands in MMA.
Besides WWE, Brock Lesnar was a practice squad member of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL. In his MMA career, Lesnar went on to become a UFC heavyweight champion and has a professional MMA record of 5-3 (1 NC).
Brendan Schaub was on the Buffalo Bills practice squad before spending time in the Arena League in his NFL career. In his MMA career, Schaub has a spectacular professional record of 10-5.
In his NFL career, Matt Mitrione was a defensive tackle for New York Giants (2002) and Minnesota Vikings (2005). Then he turned to MMA and now has a professional record of 13-9 (1 NC).
Greg Hardy played for Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the 2013 NFL season in which he recorded a career-high 15 sacks. In MMA, he has a professional record of 7-4 (1NC).
Herschel Walker has played for the Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants in NFL. He was named twice for Pro Bowl in 1987 and 1988. In his MMA career, Herschel has an undefeated record of 2-0.