May 06 20130 comments
his past February, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted to cut wrestling from the Olympic Games. This sparked outrage in not only wrestling but to the entire world of sports. The mixed martial arts community was set on fire by this news and on the pres conference Tuesday, Dana White, announced that the UFC will join the fight to bring wrestling back to the Olympic Games. White also called out Bellator and Viacom to join in the fight as they to could help the fight.
“This is a process of renewing and renovating the program for the Olympics,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said at the time the decision was made. “In the view of the executive board, this was the best program for the Olympic Games in 2020. It’s not a case of what’s wrong with wrestling, it is what’s right with the 25 core sports.”
A large portion of mixed martial arts is wrestling. All is not lost for wrestling just yet, as it is just one of 8 sports being considered for removal from the Olympics. Also on the chopping block is baseball/softball, karate, wushu, squash, sports climbing, wakeboarding and roller sports.
“I’ve met with a lot of top guys in wrestling. I met with them last Tuesday, and the UFC is joining the fight to help save Olympic wrestling,” said UFC president Dana White today.
Many MMA greats have a wrestling background and many are also past medalist. Top fighters such as Dan Henderson, Sarah McMann, Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier, and UFC legend Randy Couture have all came from Olympic backgrounds.
On behalf of the UFC, White also calls on Bellator Fighting Championships as well as Viacom Media Company to join him in the fight to save wrestling. White sounded off on the media call press conference Tuesday for the upcoming UFC on Fuel TV 7 event.
“I can’t be the guy to try and run out and save wrestling. t’s in the discussion phase. These guys are going out and fighting the fight. I think what I can do, and not just me and the UFC, but I think other companies like Bellator, too – Viacom owns Bellator, and I think Viacom would be probably interested in fighting the fight too.”