Sports Illustrated recently provided a list of the “top ten up-and-coming stars in Mixed Martial Arts”… and three had US collegiate wrestling backgrounds.
Thanks to the Yahoo group Fight_Planet for providing the information seen here…
C B Dollaway – known as The Doberman, is the favorite in this season’s “The Ultimate Fighter, “and with good reason. The former All-America wrestler at Arizona State already has a perfect 6-0 record.
Cain Velasquez – The former Arizona State wrestling standout looked good in his UFC debut, and so far hasn’t shown any of the lay-and-pray tendencies of other wrestlers-turned-MMA fighters. He’s talented and explosive, and may be more so if he considers a drop to light heavyweight.
Jake Rosholt – The Team Takedown member and former three-time wrestling champ at Oklahoma State owns an impressive 4-0 record since turning pro in July 2007. After turning down the chance to be on The Ultimate Fighter, Rosholt’s moving rapidly along the path to stardom.
Johny Hendricks – Another member of Team Takedown, Hendricks was a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Oklahoma State. So far, he’s continued his dominant ways in MMA, claiming an early 3-0 pro record, including two TKOs.