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WWE’s Shinsuke Nakamura to Make Surprise UFC 303 Appearance

One big thing: WWE star crosses over to UFC

Shinsuke Nakamura, a prominent WWE superstar, is set to make an unexpected appearance at UFC 303 on June 29, 2024, in Paradise, Nevada.

The details:

• Nakamura will be in the corner of Tsuruya Rei, a UFC debutant.
• Rei faces Carlos Hernandez in a Flyweight match on the early preliminary card.
• The event will be streamed on ESPN+ and UFC Fight Pass.

Why it matters:

This crossover appearance highlights the growing synergy between professional wrestling and mixed martial arts, potentially attracting new audiences to both sports.

By the numbers:

• UFC 303’s main event: Alex Pereira vs Jiří Procházka for the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship.
• Originally planned headliner: Conor McGregor vs Michael Chandler (now postponed).

Nakamura’s recent WWE activities:

• Faced Cody Rhodes for the Undisputed WWE Championship during the WWE SuperShow Summer Tour.
• Also competed against LA Knight on the tour.
• Has been frequently working with Cody Rhodes in WWE house shows throughout 2024.

What’s next:

All eyes will be on Nakamura’s performance as a cornerman and how this UFC appearance might influence his WWE storylines moving forward.

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