Wrestling legend Dungable talks about wrestlers moving to MMA after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom – MMA Sports

The word legend is often used, but when it comes to wrestling, Dungable has won the label more than anyone else in the history of sports.

Olympic gold medalist and two-time NCAA champion Gable represents the United States at the highest level of sport, leading the University of Iowa to 15 national titles and 152 national titles before his coaching career. We supported production. And 45 national champions.

Most recently, Gable became the first wrestler in history to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest honor a civilian can receive) after spending his life supporting and growing sports in the United States.

“It’s the Presidential Medal of Freedom right there, and I’m pretty proud of it,” Gable told MMA Fighting. “It’s a lifelong job and I haven’t given up yet.”

Gable is certainly proud of everything he has achieved in his own athletic and coaching career, but perhaps what he’s happier to see lately is that the sport of wrestling goes far beyond that of 20 or 30 years ago. It is prosperous and continues to grow.

“When I was wrestling in high school and college, the coach really did everything for sports,” Gable explained. “Current organizations, some organizations led by USA Wrestling and Rich Vendors. Now we are a men’s sport. It’s a women’s sport. It’s one of the fastest growing sports in college. It’s one. It’s the Olympics for women. “

Another factor that has helped boost net wrestling profits in recent years is the explosive growth of MMA by organizations such as the UFC and Bellator MMA.

Wrestlers were the mainstay of mixed martial arts from the beginning, but now that MMA is arguably the number one martial art in the world, these athletes not only enjoyed bigger and better opportunities, but more than most people expected. Enjoying even more exposure.

At UFC, experienced wrestlers are the champions or, at worst, one of the top candidates in almost every category. Heavyweight King Steepemioch I was a Division I wrestler at Cleveland State University. Reigns as UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman He was the national champion of Division II. Habib NurmagomedovNot only is the UFC Lightweight Champion, but currently ranked number one in the sport as a Pound for Pound fighter, he grew up wrestling in Dagestan, a country with a rich and deep tradition founded in the sport. I did.

Of course, for all athletes who have moved to MMA, there are still many who are dedicated to wrestling. Gables are well-balanced, so both sports have a chance to succeed.

“I like what I call a rifle, what I call a rifle in sports,” Gable said. “I have a life of sports, but after the actual absence of the Olympics, I had the opportunity to make money as a participant until the end of the 1976 Olympics. They pay people and lead a decent life. I want to keep good wrestlers in sports for as long as possible, and if there is another way they can work afterwards, that’s fine.

“As I said, wrestlers feel you need to fight. They feel they can jump if they’re smart, and I think some people are better than wrestling in mixed martial arts. Wrestling will help. You need to analyze each person to see where they need to be and their love for it. Which one do you really like? Mixed martial arts from fans It can be a bit difficult in terms of expectations, and it depends on whether you really want to manage some real pain. “

His wrestling career ended long before the term mixed martial arts was coined, but Gable knows he probably had a sporty style.

“People always said I was a punisher wrestler,” Gable said. “Yes, I think so, because when I got on them, I stripped off their arms a bit, but there are rules and regulations, especially in amateur wrestling, and in mixed martial arts. I’m sure there are rules and regulations, but probably not as safe as we are for wrestling. “

In addition to constant support for the wrestling community, Gable recently switched to the film when asked to act as a consultant. Last champion..The movie revolves around a shameful wrestler played by Yellowstone Cole Hauser, a star returning to the coach of his hometown wrestling team.

Gable enjoyed making movies and it was definitely a fun experience to see Hollywood spin the mat in a wrestling sport.

“It’s a good movie,” Gable said. “What I really like is I don’t know if anyone who has this virus likes it right now. It’s a tough time for divisions and political parties. It’s when you sit down and you like others. Whether or not it’s like a movie that brings you together. “

The Last Champion is currently available on demand.

– MMA Sports

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