There was loads of wrestling to observe over the previous few weeks, however the MMA machine retains on transferring. This weekend, specifically, there are a selection of reveals full with former wrestlers. The slate, which consists of reveals from Bellator and the UFC, options a number of former Division I wrestlers, a multiple-time All-American and even an Olympic medalist.
Logan Storley was a four-time All-American at Minnesota who accomplished his eligibility in 2015. Later that very same yr, he made his MMA debut and has since constructed an 11-1 report. He returns to motion right here after struggling his first skilled defeat towards present champion Yaroslav Amosov. The comeback path begins towards a fellow wrestler as Dante Schiro was on the squad for Division III Wisconsin Whitewater.
Taylor Johnson wrestled for Oregon State earlier than transferring to Southern Oregon. On the new college, he grew to become a three-time NAIA All-American and received a title in 2014. He defeated Lance Wright this previous June and makes a fast turnaround right here towards Fabio Aguiar.
Mike Hamel began his school profession at Wyoming earlier than returning to his house state to wrestle for Grand Canyon. There he grew to become a Division II All-American. He at the moment holds a 7-5 report and takes on Bryce Logan on Friday.
Archie Colgan additionally wrestled at Wyoming, the place he was a four-year starter and a two-time NCAA qualifier. He got here the closest to the All-American podium as a junior, the place he made the bloodround however in the end dropped an extra time match towards Paul Fox of Stanford. Colgan has began his skilled MMA profession with back-to-back wins and is trying to make it three in a row towards Ben Simons.
Bailey Schoenfelder was a South Dakota state champion for Huron earlier than enjoying football at Minnesota. He takes on one other former highschool wrestler from the Midwest as Kevin Childs wrestled for Ottumwa in Iowa.
Childs won’t be the one former Ottumwa wrestler on the cardboard as fellow alumnus Kory Moegenburg fights Jeff Nielsen. This bout may even be one other contest between two former wrestlers as Jeff Nielsen competed in college at Augustana.
The preliminary card of Friday’s Bellator 265 airs reside on YouTube at 6:25pm ET. Showtime broadcasts the primary card at 9:00pm ET.
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In the primary occasion of this weekend’s UFC present, Kelvin Gastelum will tackle Jared Cannonier. Gastelum was a state champion in Arizona at the highschool stage. He then competed for a time for North Idaho School, however in the end left the game to concentrate on MMA. Gastelum shall be an underdog towards Jared Cannonier, and the previous “The Final Fighter” winner actually wants a win after dropping 4 of his final 5 fights.
Clay Guida wrestled at Harper School and has stayed true to his roots all through his MMA profession. Nevertheless, he is perhaps up towards it right here. He takes on Mark Madsen, who was a six-time World/Olympic medalist in Greco. Madsen made the finals of the 2016 Olympics at 75 kg and completed with a silver medal after developing quick towards Roman Vlasov.
William Knight was a state champion for Manchester High in Connecticut . He made the UFC after a formidable efficiency on Dana White’s Contender Collection. Knight takes on Fabio Cherant this weekend.
Saturday’s whole UFC card airs reside on ESPN+ beginning at 7:00pm ET.