Oklahoma State College has a wealthy historical past of manufacturing elite-level blended martial arts fighters and has been doing for a number of many years. The college’s wrestling group has lengthy been among the finest within the nation and for some motive, its athletes at all times appear to wager on MMA as their follow-on profession.
Within the late 1980s earlier than MMA or the UFC was even a factor Don Frye and Randy Couture have been teammates on the OSU wrestling group. The pair would go on to turn out to be pioneers within the sport of MMA and legends of the sport.
Frye entered the UFC in its very early days when the game lacked most of the guidelines we see in place as we speak – one such rule was no weight courses. Frye gained the UFC eight event and the UFC 1996 event too. Though in these days they didn’t have a belt system he was for all intents and functions a UFC champion and stays a combat legend.
Couture left OSU together with his place within the Corridor of Fame safe and went to work on reaching the identical feat contained in the UFC. His listing of accomplishments is staggering, to say the least. ‘The Pure’ held UFC titles on six events. He was the primary fighter to turn out to be a champion in two completely different weight courses and he was additionally the oldest ever champion when successful the heavyweight strap at 45 years outdated – he was inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame in 2006.
In more moderen instances you have got had guys like Johny Hendricks emerge from OSU to turn out to be UFC champions. ‘Huge Rig’ gained two NCAA Division I championships throughout his years at school the place he completed with an total wrestling document of 159 – 13. The now retired MMA fighter took to the game like many from OSU – naturally. He had the elite degree grappling base and ungodly energy in his palms that made him the UFC welterweight champion.
At present Daniel Cormier is the person flying the flag for OSU within the UFC. The 41-year-old was a standout wrestler at OSU and went on to characterize the USA on the 2004 Olympics coming fourth. He was named captain for the 2008 video games however was compelled out attributable to kidney failure introduced on by extreme weight chopping. Since transitioning to MMA in 2009 he has loved nice success and is arguably one of many biggest fighters ever. ‘DC’ gained the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix simply 10 fights into his skilled profession. He went on to affix the UFC an turn out to be a twin weight champion at light-heavyweight and heavyweight, he was simply the second fighter to take action.
Whereas the OSU wrestling group has produced three UFC champions and a event winner it has additionally produced a whole lot of different excessive calibre fighters who nonetheless made an enormous affect regardless of not reaching the lofty heights of UFC gold. Shane Curler, Jared Rosholt, Jake Rosholt Mark Munoz, Muhammed Lawal have been all a part of the OSU wrestling group and all went on to turn out to be world-class MMA fighters.