Kyle Snyder, already the youngest American wrestler to win Olympic and world titles, has designs on adding mixed martial arts to his resumé.
Snyder tweeted as much while at UFC 203 in Cleveland over the weekend and confirmed his intentions in an interview with Foxsports.com.
“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.
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