Have you ever wondered what becomes of top tier collegiate wrestlers after they graduate? While a majority decide to hang up their team’s wrestling gear for good, it is becoming increasingly common for these athletes to transition to a successful career in mixed martial arts.

Modern MMA fighting has been around for a long time, but its popularity in the U.S. didn’t really take off until about a decade ago when the UFC instituted rule changes designed to get around state safety regulations and bypass pay-per-view blackout restrictions. Once moves like headbutting, hair-pulling, and blows to the groin were outlawed and events could be shown on television again, UFC-sanctioned competitions became the hottest ticket in town.

It’s easy to see why ex-college standouts can excel at MMA. MMA fighters routinely employ a number of grappling techniques and attack strategies that come straight out of folkstyle wrestling, which gives former NCAA stars a leg up on the competition right from the start. Once they learn to add striking maneuvers to their existing college wrestling skill set, they can go on to compete with the best MMA fighters in the world.

Here’s a partial list of past and current MMA athletes that have a college wrestling background:

  • Chuck Liddell
  • Cain Velasquez
  • Randy Couture
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Mark Munoz
  • Phil Davis
  • Mark Coleman

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