Professional MMA fighters compete in one of the world’s most dangerous combat sports. MMA stands for mixed martial arts, although the sport is also known as extreme combat and no-holds-barred fighting.
It’s a sport that has achieved increased popularity in recent years thanks to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) franchise and reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter. Competitors come from a variety of disciplines; for example, Rhadi Ferguson competed at the 2004 Olympics in judo, and Sam Hoger started a Brazilian jiu-jitsu club at his university.
But despite the fact that they compete in a dangerous sport where knockouts are common, there are MMA fighters who have done more than just study martial arts. Some famous names have completed undergraduate, postgraduate and even PhD degrees in subjects that may astound you. Read on for 10 surprisingly well-educated MMA fighters.