Olympic champion freestyle wrestler Jordan Burroughs spent some time with talk show host Arsenio Hall before a World Cup event in Inglewood, Calif., this weekend.
Hall made references to professional wrestling, like WWE, and asked if there’s cheating in Olympic-style wrestling. Burroughs answered the question with a story from last year’s World Championships.
In his 74kg semifinal, his opponent from Belarus was disqualified for punching Burroughs in the face.
“I don’t like to retaliate, but at the time, I was like, dang, this dude just punched me in the face. What should I do?” Burroughs said. “Just suck it up and move forward.”
Hall also asked Burroughts if he might try mixed martial arts after his wrestling career. Burroughs, as he has said in the past, is not interested.
“I’m a lover, not a fighter,” Burroughs said. “I don’t want to get punched in the face.”
Burroughs also reflected on his 2012 Olympic title. He said he carried his gold medal in his back pocket for three weeks after winning.
“I had to be that guy at the bar,” Burroughs said. “Like, check this out. You ever see one of these before? But then after a while, I kind of stopped doing it. I didn’t want people to be like, look at this guy, who is this guy showing off his medal? He’s a tool.”
Burroughs also had Olympic memories outside of competition. Such as flag carrying etiquette ingrained in U.S. Olympians.
“Whenever you see someone with a flag draped over their shoulders after winning an Olympic gold medal, it’s a big no-no,” Burroughs said. “Right way and a wrong way. You’re supposed to hold it up over your shoulders. You have the stars on your right side, stripes going left. You’re not supposed to drape it down at all.”
Burroughs said his first meal after winning Olympic gold was McDonald’s. He entered a long line and, in an effort to cut to the front, took out his gold medal and waved it.
He ordered a Quarter Pounder with cheese, large fries and an orange soda. The food was so greasy that the bottom of the bag fell out after he took one bite of the Quarter Pounder.
“It was in the box, so I saved that,” Burroughs said. “I lost all the fries.”
Burroughs is set to compete at The Forum this weekend after seeing his 69-match winning streak snapped last month.
This story has been updated to clarify Burroughs’ response to Hall’s question about cheating.