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    Does anyone have a list of fighters that have wrestled? At my school we have a bunch of kids that are thinking of not wrestling this year to practice MMA. We are trying to show them that wrestling is the best thing you can do to help your MMA.

    Thanks in advance.
    I will smash your face into a car windshield and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

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    Here is what I have so far, but I know there are tons more.

    MMA Fighters that wrestled:
    Jon Fitch- Fort Wayne Carroll(state placer) and Purdue University
    Brock Lesnar- University of Minnesota(NCAA Champ)
    Randy Couture- Oklahoma State University
    Josh Koscheck- Edinboro University(NCAA Champ)
    CB Dollaway- Arizona State University(All-American)
    Frank Edgar- Clarion University
    Mark Coleman- Ohio State University(NCAA Champ)
    Rashad Evans- Michigan State University
    Matt Hamill- Purdue University and Rochester Institute of Technology(DIII Champ)
    Matt Hughes- Eastern Illinois University(All-American)
    Jake O’Brien- Perry Meridian(State champion) and Purdue University
    I will smash your face into a car windshield and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

    Tell me about it, this morning, I woke up and I shit a squirrel, but what I can't get is the damn thing is still alive. So now, I've got a shit covered squirrel running around my office and I don't know what to name it.

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    Dan Henderson, Georges St. Pierre, Urijah Faber, Chael Sonnen, Clay Guida, Roger Huerta, Matt Hamill, Chuck Liddell (this is just stream of consciousness.) I wrote a post on Chicks Heart Fights sometime last year about how wrestling is the best thing to do to prepare for MMA. I'll dig it up and send it to you.

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    Here it is:

    http://chicksheartfights.today.com/2...-be-a-fighter/

    You can also mention all the up-and-coming guys who have been signed to contracts pretty quickly and that mostly has to do with their wrestling backgrounds, like Johny Hendricks, Jake ROsholt, Mark Munoz, C.B. Dollaway, Mo Lawal, Gerald Harris, etc. Also, appeal to their parents. MMA training generally costs a gym membership. Wrestling for your school is much cheaper.

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    Thanks, I have found some other articles and such that have mentioned who wrestled. I think that someone is pushing the kids to not wrestle, most likely their MMA coach. What I don't understand is that every UFC fight I have watched has quite a few guys in it that were wrestlers and the announcers aren't shy about promoting that they were wrestlers.

    Jon Fitch- Fort Wayne Carroll(state placer) and Purdue University
    Brock Lesnar- University of Minnesota(NCAA Champ)
    Randy Couture- Oklahoma State University
    Josh Koscheck- Edinboro University(NCAA Champ)
    CB Dollaway- Arizona State University(All-American)
    Frank Edgar- Clarion University
    Mark Coleman- Ohio State University(NCAA Champ)
    Rashad Evans- Michigan State University
    Matt Hamill- Purdue University and Rochester Institute of Technology(DIII Champ)
    Matt Hughes- Eastern Illinois University(All-American)
    Jake O’Brien- Perry Meridian(State champion) and Purdue University
    Urijah Faber
    Gray Maynard- Michigan State University(All-American)
    Tito Ortiz
    Matt Lindland
    Sean Salmon
    Dan Henderson
    Georges St. Pierre
    Chael Sonnen
    Clay Guida
    Roger Huerta
    Chuck Liddell
    Quinton Jackson
    Diego Sanchez
    Keith Jardine
    Brandon Vera
    Corey Hill
    Johnny Hendricks
    Mark Kerr
    Jake Rosholt
    Kenny Monday
    Mark Munoz
    Mark Shultz
    Mike Van Arsdale
    I will smash your face into a car windshield and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

    Tell me about it, this morning, I woke up and I shit a squirrel, but what I can't get is the damn thing is still alive. So now, I've got a shit covered squirrel running around my office and I don't know what to name it.

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    Missing a few NCAA champions (some no longer fighting): Kerr, Randleman, Holman, Alger. Kevin Jackson has a gold medal and Vlad Matushenko was on the Belarus national team and has wins over 2 Americans with Olympic golds. I think Sobral represented Brazil in freestyle also (and may have even placed in the Pan Ams)

    Maggie, I don't think GSP started wrestling until after getting into MMA
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    Trigg, Jeff Monson and Gan McGee all wrestled in the D1 nationals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    Trigg, Jeff Monson and Gan McGee all wrestled in the D1 nationals.
    Trigg even coached at OU for a short time.

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    The list is getting pretty damn long!

    Jon Fitch- Fort Wayne Carroll(state placer) and Purdue University
    Brock Lesnar- University of Minnesota(NCAA Champ)
    Randy Couture- Oklahoma State University
    Josh Koscheck- Edinboro University(NCAA Champ)
    CB Dollaway- Arizona State University(All-American)
    Frank Edgar- Clarion University
    Mark Coleman- Ohio State University(NCAA Champ)
    Rashad Evans- Michigan State University
    Matt Hamill- Purdue University and Rochester Institute of Technology(DIII Champ)
    Matt Hughes- Eastern Illinois University(All-American)
    Jake O’Brien- Perry Meridian(State champion) and Purdue University
    Urijah Faber- Cal Davis
    Gray Maynard- Michigan State University(All-American)
    Tito Ortiz- Cal State Bakersfield
    Matt Lindland- Nebraska(All-American), Olympian
    Sean Salmon- Ohio State
    Dan Henderson- Arizona State, 2X Olympian
    Georges St. Pierre- Trained with Canadian Olympic team
    Chael Sonnen- Oregon University
    Clay Guida- Harper Junior College
    Roger Huerta- Augsburg College
    Chuck Liddell- Cal Poly
    Quinton Jackson- Tennessee State Placer
    Diego Sanchez- New Mexico State Champion
    Keith Jardine
    Brandon Vera- Air Force
    Corey Hill- Colby Community College(JUCO Champion)
    Johnny Hendricks- Oklahoma State University(National Champion)
    Mark Kerr- Syracuse University(National Champion)
    Jake Rosholt- Oklahoma State University(National Champion)
    Kenny Monday- Oklahoma State(All American), Olympic Gold Medallist
    Mark Munoz- Oklahoma State University(National Champion)
    Mark Shultz- Oklahoma(National Champion), Olympic Gold Medallist
    Mike Van Arsdale- Iowa State University(National Champion)
    Gerald Harris- Eastern Michigan University
    Paul Bradley- Penn State University(All American)
    Mo Lawal- Oklahoma State(All American), Central Oklahoma(DII Champion)
    Frank Trigg- Oklahoma University
    Jeff Monson- Oregon State University(PAC 10 Champion)
    Gan McGee- Iowa University
    Rex Holman- Ohio State University(National Champion)
    Royce Alger- Iowa University(National Champion)
    Kevin Jackson- Iowa State(All American), Olympic Gold Medallist
    Vlad Matushenko- Belarus National Team
    I will smash your face into a car windshield and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out to a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!

    Tell me about it, this morning, I woke up and I shit a squirrel, but what I can't get is the damn thing is still alive. So now, I've got a shit covered squirrel running around my office and I don't know what to name it.

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