The "Total Divas" star said one discipline risks "bloody noses, welts, dark (related term) eyes, bruises and cuts" -- the other "damaged (related term) necks and fractured backs."
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"I would take a bloody nose, any day, over platform incorrect on a flip."
She's done both — and claims one is well more unsafe than the other.
According to Daria Beranato — AKA WWE Superstar Sonya Deville — the risk of earnest hurt is really much higher in nonrecreational wrestle than it is in amalgamated soldierly arts.
"You can obviously prolong brainsick injuries in both sports, but the most communal injuries in MMA are bloody noses, welts, dark (related term) eyes, bruises and cuts," she told TooFab exclusively.Bella Twins Take on Michael Strahan and Jimmy Fallon in Charades, Reveal Fate of 'Total Bellas' View Story
"The most communal, more terrible injuries in nonrecreational wrestle are damaged (related term) necks, fractured backs, far more earnest. So I would take a bloody nose, any day, over platform incorrect on a flip."
According to the "Total Divas" star, the two sports are both brainsick antithetic but have a lot of similarities.
"MMA is obviously like a one woman sport — you don't have a locker room. You're by yourself. You have a coach that's training you, and focused on you, and you build a team around you," she said.
"Whereas WWE, we're all kind of a big team. I mean, it's important to work together to put on a good show."
Daria, who had three nonrecreational fights under her belt before she made the switch to wrestle, really pre-dated Ronda Rousey and the rest as the first female pro fighter to do it.
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"They both require a lot, so the transition was interesting to me," she said. "I felt like having that MMA background really helped me in the WWE, because I had the natural intensity, aggression, agility and athleticism you need for wrestle."
"The new stuff was the on-camera stuff, the talking and all that — which I've always liked, being in front of the camera."
Another similarity between WWE and MMA is trash talking, in which the latter has been leaning more and more towards the former in recent years, thanks in no small part, Daria says, to Ireland's Conor McGregor.
"Personality, charisma, it puts peoples' butts in seats and it sells tickets, bottom-line. So, I think the MMA world is smart by going in that direction," she said. "I mean, you can't go too far or it'll get a bit brainsick, but Conor's genius. I mean, he's so well-spoken. It works in his favor."
So will MMA continue to drift more and more towards WWE with costumes, characters, storylines, et al?
"No, I think WWE is the forefront of the sports and entertainment world," she said. "I think MMA is maybe drifting a little towards WWE, but I think they need to stay in their lane because the beauty of both of them is that they're antithetic. I love watching MMA, and I love watching nonrecreational wrestle. I'd like them to still stay antithetic."
Daria joins Ronda as the two newest main cast members on season 9 of "Total Divas", which airs on Tuesday nights on E!
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