Former Penn State Nittany Lions standout wrestler Ed Ruth is set to make his mixed martial arts debut at Bellator 163 next month. All eyes will be on the promising prospect, who is a three-time NCAA champion, four-time All-American and four-time Big Ten champ.
Because of his impressive wrestling credentials and his university of choice, another Harrisburg native turned Penn State star has weighed in on what we should expect from Ruth in MMA.
According to Phil Davis, who is also competing at Bellator 163, the 26 year old Ruth is destined to become a “massive star” in the sport.
“I don’t like him,” Davis said, via MMAFighting. “I’ll tell you what, he’s more handsome than I am. The guy goes to my alma mater, he’s from my hometown, he destroys every single record I ever had — pins, wins, Big 10 championships, national championships. I mean, my parade through my city as the best wrestler of all time was so short-lived.
“Now this man is back into MMA, and he’s going to make a huge splash and become a massive star and champion in his own right. And I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. That’s what I think about him. I don’t know what to do. Everywhere I go, he goes, and he does it even better.”
Ruth faces Mark Mangiardi, who is also making his pro debut at the event.
Bellator 163 is set to take place on Nov. 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Unvasville, Connecticut. Ruth vs. Mangiardi will be part of the preliminary card on Bellator.com.