One of the top collegiate wrestlers is making the move to mixed martial arts.
Penn State Nittany Lions standout Ed Ruth, a three-time national champion, has never hid his desire to make a run in MMA after his wrestling career, and on Monday it was reported that Ruth has signed with Bellator.
“I’ve known for a long time now that after I get Olympic gold around my neck, I was going to go get some MMA gold for my waist,” Ruth told MMA Fighting.com. “I’ve been talking with all the major organizations, and at the end of the day, I really believe in what Scott Coker is doing with Bellator. They’re signing the top talent, they’re putting on exciting fights, and they’re letting me secure my own sponsors.
“It will be a little while until I step into the cage for the first time, but when I do, everyone they put in front of me is in for a world of hurt.”
Ruth has yet to set a date for his debut, but plenty of eyes will be on him as one of the top prospects in the sport. He previously training with former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones prior to his title fight with Daniel Cormier, and he believes h will continue training at the highly-touted Greg Jackson gym in Albuquerque.
Currently, Ruth is training for a run in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
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