+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Dana White: Potential Olympic Wrestling Demise Could Be MMA's Gain

Hybrid View

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    1,725

    Default Dana White: Potential Olympic Wrestling Demise Could Be MMA's Gain

    Dana White: Potential Olympic wrestling demise could be MMA's gain | News



    LONDON – Tuesday's news that the International Olympic Committee has plans to eliminate wrestling starting with the 2020 games sent shockwaves through the MMA community.

    Dozens of fighters took to social media to rally the troops in support of the sport, which has led many amateur wrestlers ultimately to mixed martial arts – including many eventual champions.

    And while UFC President Dana White is sympathetic and said he doesn't want the sport to go away at the Olympic level, he's also not very surprised.

    White has been a supporter of amateur wrestling, and said he knows its importance in MMA.

    "I've been battling this problem for years now," White on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps) after a news conference for UFC on FUEL TV 7 in London. "Colleges are dropping it. High schools are dropping wrestling. The problem with wrestling is, it's an awesome base for mixed martial arts, for everything – I mean, I've never wrestled, but what I hear it does to guys that wrestle, it changes peoples' lives. It's this grueling, hard work and dedication – all the things that go in with being a wrestler."

    But ultimately, could the possible demise of the sport, at least post-high school level, wind up being a plus for MMA in terms of its potential at the Olympic level.

    "The problem is nobody wants to watch it," White said. "Any sport, especially these days, it's about selling tickets and eyeballs and viewers and all these other things. And there's been a lot of people saying, 'You've got to f---ing do something,' but – and Garry (Cook) and I were talking about this yesterday –what this could be is the evolution of mixed martial arts becoming an Olympic sport."

    White said MMA's status as one of the fastest growing sports in the world could help usher it into the Olympics.

    But as for wrestling's fate? White believes that may be, unfortunately, sealed.

    "We bring spectators, eyeballs – whether it's TV or whatever it is," he said. "This sport draws. Wrestling doesn't. I can't be the guy to run out and try and save wrestling. I've been doing it for years. You know how many wrestling programs I funded over the past five, six years? A lot. Yeah, I don't want to see wrestling go away either. It's such a big part of the sport. But, something's going to happen here. It's going to evolve into mixed martial arts or something. I don't know. I don't think wrestling is going to go anywhere, but competitive wrestling definitely is."

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Posts
    2,580

    Default

    I some how hope he is wrong and right. I want wrestling to thrive, but I also wanna watch awesome wrestlers become mma fighters.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia
    Posts
    3,887

    Default

    IOC is going to back track the shit storm is HUGE!!!


  4. #5
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    1,105

    Default

    Honestly, even if wrestling doesn't win it's place back into the Olympics...even if most colleges & high schools through out the U.S.A. get rid of wrestling... it's not going away, EVER. At the very least, wrestling will be turned into "martial art" and practiced in dojo's/gyms across the world. Every wrestler & martial artist in the world realized the importance of wrestling. There will be plenty of people who were great, but just not good enough to hit that top level, or those who retired after hitting the top level, who will help to show the next generation wrestling. It will never go away, it will never die. There will still be wrestling tournaments, at the very least, just like there are Karate or other martial arts tournaments. It may take many years for wrestling to come back to the Olympics, but it eventually will happen, based on it's history, if nothing else.

  5. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Centerville, IA
    Posts
    1,426

    Default

    This is fucking bullshit. Speedwalking is a fucking event but you take wrestling away?!

  6. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    1,490

    Default

    if wrestling being removed from the olympics leads to a cascade effect toppling college and high school programs it wont be enough to have wrestling aspects in mma and lessons in dojos, its not wrestling that succeeds in mma its olympic and division 1 level wrestling that succeeds in mma and without those programs churning out freaks who not only have wrestling credentials but a wrestling mentality and work ethic and the resume that comes with it then wrestling in mma will be diminished.

    at the very least if wrestling has to be removed from the the summer olympics then why not insert it into the winter olympics, or better yet move pingpong or fencing over

    no actually lets blame greed and the nbc deal, it already it impossible to watch everything on the nbc networks the olympic tv contract should be split up with more networks let abc nbc and cbs all share some of the content for people to watch


  7. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    810
    Posts
    6,527

    Default

    Why do people want MMA in the Olympics?

    what purpose would it serve?

    im all for anything that gives MMA exposure... but the best MMA fighters are going to fight pro. It would defeat the purpose.

  8. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    2,432

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbo> Rampage View Post
    Why do people want MMA in the Olympics?

    what purpose would it serve?

    im all for anything that gives MMA exposure... but the best MMA fighters are going to fight pro. It would defeat the purpose.
    Pros already compete at the Olympics anyways (basketball and hockey) most likely that would extend to MMA if it were to be an Olympic sport. That said MMA and the Olympics don't work well together to many chances for a fighter to win a fight but come out injured and unable to move on to the next round or under perform because of it. You wouldn't get a good representation of who is the best.

    As for wrestling not being in the Olympics it's a really odd chance given it's background an relation to them. I don't think it will have a huge effect how it develops in the States though. You will still see kids competing in it from an early age and the mentality will still be fostered to compete and train.

+ Reply to Thread

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may post attachments
  • You may edit your posts
  •