“Hopefully, sometime soon — not soon as in like this year or something like that — but within the next couple of years when I get my grounds in this sport,” Snyder said, according to the report. “I would want to continue wrestling, but I want to do both at the same time. I want to pursue my wrestling career, wrestle in world championships and the Olympic Games, but if the scheduling could work out and I can become an elite fighter, then I want to fight in the UFC as well.”
Snyder, 20, is starting his junior season at Ohio State University, so he must be cognizant of NCAA eligibility rules if he decides to take a closer look at mixed martial arts in the next 18 months.
His upcoming competition plans are strictly in wrestling, returning in November or December and through NCAAs in March.
Snyder would not be the first Olympic wrestling champion to move to mixed martial arts. The most recent example is 2008 Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, though Cejudo, as with other Olympians, didn’t switch until after ending his wrestling career.
After two-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto suffered a spinal cord injury while attempting a standing back flip in April 2016, he decided to set a goal for himself. Nietro was determined to walk down the aisle at his own wedding.
On Saturday, July 22, 2017, Nieto walked to the altar in front of everyone gathered at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in east San Diego – something his doctors said might not be possible.
Nieto, with some assistance, entered the church where he then married his bride, Jamaican hurdler Shevon Stoddart, exactly how he set out to – on his feet.
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings dislocated her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match.
Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.
“I just went for a short dig and the surface in Europe is so shallow and so hard and there’s no give for our bodies,” Walsh Jennings explained after the match in an interview with her shoulder wrapped in ice.
Walsh Jennings had surgery on the same shoulder during the run-up to the 2016 Rio Olympics, where she and April Ross won the bronze medal. Walsh Jennings won three gold medals with Misty May Treanor.
Walsh Jennings said she is looking forward to returning to the FIVB World Tour in Vienna in one week.