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Pasco County Florida wrestling champ, Ladarious Jackson, finds new beginning in MMA

Ladarious Jackson gazed across the courtroom at the muscular man in shackles. It was like looking at himself. He thought about their happier days, young brothers diving off furniture, playing like pro wrestlers. They escaped their sad reality, if only for a while, imagining themselves stars in a sport that celebrates illusion. Anthony Jackson, 24, […]

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo Coming To MMA

For the last four years and change, Henry Cejudo, has been a golden goose for MMA. Coming out of the 2008 Beijing Games where he claimed freestyle wrestling gold at 121 pounds, Cejudo was 21 years old and the youngest American wrestler to ever top the podium. With the impact of Zuffa’s WEC product taking shape already, […]

Former Ithaca College wrestler builds business from backyard to big time

The path that led Ryan Ciotoli to mixed martial arts began at Ithaca College, where after a standout high school career at Union-Endicott, he would graduate in 2002 as one of the most successful wrestlers in school history. Despite missing the majority of his senior year because of an injury, Ciotoli amassed 90 victories to […]

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Why Attracting Olympic Wrestlers To MMA Is Harder Than You Would Think

In a perfect world, young athletes who rise to the top of combat sports like wrestling, boxing, and judo, would leave their sport to test themselves in the mixed martial arts arena. Unfortunately, we don’t live in this world and MMA continues on without enjoying the participation of the world’s most elite in many of […]

Olympic Gold Medalist Rulon Gardner Declined $1 Million Offer to Fight Fedor Emelianenko

Much is made of the transition for those elite collegiate and Olympic wrestlers who wish to try mixed martial arts as a post-wrestling career option. On the heels of the 2012 London Olympic Games – which saw Americans Jordan Burroughs and Jake Varner bring home gold medals in freestyle competition – the question about who […]

Wrestling in United States falls victim to mixed martial arts

Mark Munoz will be a little wistful when he watches the upcoming Olympics on television. A two-time state high school wrestling champion from Vallejo who later won an NCAA title at Oklahoma State, Munoz twice tried to make the U.S. Olympic team. “My dream was to win a gold medal representing my country, but it […]

Kurt Angle Couldn’t Find the Right Deal to Compete in MMA

We have seen two professional wrestlers make the transition into, MMA. They were, Brock Lesnar, and Bobby Lashley. Lesnar went on to become the UFC heavyweight champion and quite arguably, made the UFC the PPV business they are today. Lashley, however, hasn’t achieved the success that Lesnar had and has been a, marginal fighter in Strikeforce and various regional promotions. […]

Violence or discipline? MMA gains popularity among kids

By, JOSÉ PATIÃ’O GIRONA Here’s what most people know about mixed martial arts: Two men step onto a mat. They kick and punch each other until one falls to the ground. Then the action really gets violent. Oh, and they’re fighting in a cage. But this is what 12-year-old Dawson Baker knows about mixed martial arts, […]

600lbs Sumo Wrestler Vs 169lbs MMA Fighter

Sometimes, all it takes is some determination. Never give up.

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