Q Have you ever considered getting into mixed martial arts? In light of the growing popularity of the sport through the UFC, many of the fighters have strong wrestling backgrounds and given your credentials, I was just curious if you ever wanted to try your hand. --Mike (San Diego, CA)
I was wondering what you think of mixed martial arts becoming very popular in the U.S.? Do you believe that it is helping the sport of wrestling by encouraging men to learn the sport to be able to use it in MMA, or do you think it steals wrestlers and fans? Finally, would you encourage MMA as an alternative form of competition for your wrestlers after graduation? Thanks! --David P. (Macomb, IL) Cael
I have gotten this question a number of times so I will answer it. I haven’t really considered getting into the mixed martial arts and/or the UFC. I find it fascinating but not for me. I have a ton of respect for the fighters and I cheer for the former wrestlers. But, if I had continued to compete after the Olympics it would have been in wrestling.
I don't think MMA steals wrestlers and fans, I think MMA actually gives wrestling more publicity. I also think it makes wrestling look more like a martial art.
Lastly, I wouldn’t recommend or not recommend it to former wrestlers because I haven’t done it myself and I don’t fully understand what it entails. I would hope each individual would make that decision for themselves—what’s good for some people may not be good for others.
I guess its good he stays away from MMA considering he is to amateur wrestling almost threefold what Fedor is to MMA.
Albeit he would bring credentials to mma no one can even come close too....he would have too much to lose if he were to get man handled in mma.