Brock Lesnar. Bobby Lashley. Bautista. Eve Torres?

It’s nothing new for a professional wrestler to trade in scripted moves for four-ounce gloves and the chance to actually knock out opponents or submit them. Could former WWE diva Eve Torres be the next in line to make such a jump?

Right now, the former WWE Divas champion is enjoying life after the WWE. But when it comes to a future in the mixed martial arts world, one can make the case for her getting a head start on a crossover.

Don’t believe it? Give it a bit of thought before you write off the possibility.

Though she doesn’t own a kickboxing record and isn’t a decorated grappler, she does embrace Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing in a sense (and it can’t hurt that her husband, Rener, is part of the famed first family of MMA, the Gracies). Torres, who asked for her release from the WWE to focus on her role as the head instructor of the Gracie Women Empowered Self-Defense program, earned her blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 2008, and her participation in kickboxing helps her in keeping that body fit.

All in all, however, should she consider the move? After all, the kickboxing and BJJ can establish themselves as major assets in Torres’ game, and she could exhibit the cardio needed to last with a bevy of hard-hitting women in the MMA world.

The good news for fans who would like to see Torres compete as a mixed martial artist is that she never said never to the thought. However, she did say it might not happen.

First, we must revisit the moment when Torres never said “never.” She already teaches people how to use BJJ for self-defense without necessarily chasing down a contract with an MMA promotion. She may contradict that purpose in her own mind if she pursued a career, and in reality, a venture into MMA appears no more than a “bucket list” item.

In other words, nobody will think less of Torres for her choice when it comes to the pursuit of a career in MMA. She already contributes to the sport through her role in the Gracie Women Empowered program, and her role in the program actually works against many negative connotations about the sport.

Also, she may pack some name value because she held the WWE Divas title, but the real question will surround whether she’ll shed the label of simply being “Rener’s wife.” Historically, fans find skepticism in someone, especially a former WWE talent, wanting to try their hand at MMA. It happened to Lesnar and Lashley, and it would happen to Torres too. Not only does the decision to get involved come into question, but there’s also the question of commitment.

If Torres did get involved and she committed to a career in the sport, she would not operate without options. The biggest question at that point would regard the weight at which she fought and what promotion would provide a launching pad for a legitimate MMA career. If she found success, she could move up the ranks and find her way to an even more prominent promotion.

At this point, nobody knows if Torres even itches to fight. With her contributions to the sport through her current role, she doesn’t need to pursue a fight career unless she feels some fun could come out of competition.

Photo: Eve Torres (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy)

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.

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    and not a single fuck was given on this day