Jordan Burroughs, two-time NCAA wrestling titlewinner for University of Nebraska and 2011 World freestyle champ, is “definitely” interested in a career in mixed martial arts… but not until he has achieved all his wrestling goals, the former Husker matman said in a radio interview Monday.
When asked in an interview with Luke Thomas of MMA Nation on 106.7 The Fan if he had an interest in MMA, Burroughs responded, “Yeah, definitely, I definitely want to fight after I’m done wrestling. I want to wrestle ‘til 2017. John Smith from Oklahoma State was the greatest American wrestler of all time. He was a four-time world champ and two-time Olympic champ so for me, in order to catch him or surpass him, I’ll have to wrestle every Olympics and every world championship from now to 2017 and that’s the goal to win all of those and once I’m done with that, to try and get into MMA.”
The 2011 Dan Hodge Trophy winner also addressed the issue of some in the wrestling community being concerned about top wrestlers leaving the sport for MMA — and wrecking US hopes for Olympic success.
“If a guy wasn’t that passionate about wrestling where he could that easily transition to a different sport then, maybe we didn’t need him as a wrestler,” said Burroughs. “We want those guys who are gonna be committed for a long period of time and want to bring gold medals home for the USA. To me, it’s not about the money. It’s about the glory and honor of being an Olympic champ and representing my country. I mean, MMA is a cool sport but right now, my main focus as it has been since I was a little kid is being an Olympic champ.”
Thomas’ wide-ranging interview with the 23-year-old Burroughs covers considerable territory, and makes for interesting reading for amateur wrestling fans… as well as MMA mavens who are eagerly anticipating the New Jersey native climbing into the cage for his first fight.
Want to know more? Click here to listen to Luke Thomas’ interview with Jordan Burroughs, and read a partial transcript.
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