"They both require a lot, so the transition was interesting to me," she said. "I felt like having that MMA background actually helped me in the WWE, because I had the natural intensity, aggression, agility and athleticism you need for wrestling."
"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 crazy, 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 different. I love watching MMA, and I love watching professional wrestling. I'd like them to still stay different."
Daria joins Ronda as the two newest main cast members on season 9 of "Total Divas", which airs on Tuesday nights on E!