One of the best wrestlers in the world is interested in a career in mixed martial arts. Kyle Snyder, the reigning Olympic gold medalist (97kg) and NCAA national champion at Ohio State, was in attendance for Saturday night’s UFC 203 event in Cleveland.
After soaking in the action, which saw Cleveland native Stipe Miocic retain his UFC heavyweight championship, Snyder took to Twitter to tease the MMA community with a simple tweet.
Snyder came right out and said he would love to fight in the UFC.
I want to fight @ufc
— Kyle Snyder (@Snyder_man45) September 11, 2016
We saw a fighter make his UFC debut on Saturday when CM Punk made the transition from pro wrestling, but Snyder brings a lot more to the table and is not simply a marketing gimmick.
Snyder has remarkable wrestling credentials which include his gold medal in Rio, 2016 national championship, 2015 World Championship, 2015 NCAA team national championship and 2013 Junior World Championship.
With his gold in Rio, Snyder became the youngest American man to top the medal podium in wrestling, breaking the record previously set by Henry Cejudo, one of the top contender’s in the UFC’s flyweight division.
If Snyder is legitimately interested in MMA, he could instantly become of the top prospects in the sport.
Considering the Buckeye star currently wrestles at 213 pounds, he could add new life and promise to the light heavyweight division. And we all know the division needs it.
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Photo Credit: Kyle Snyder, Twitter