HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Gable Steveson believes MMA is certain to be in his future.
The 21-year-old Olympic wrestling gold medalist is assured he’ll at some point step in a cage to struggle. Whether or not that finally ends up being his subsequent profession transfer following his profitable marketing campaign on the Tokyo Games stays to be seen.
Steveson is eyeing choices in professional wrestling, the NFL, and MMA – having visited with officers from the UFC, Bellator, and PFL. Steveson has but to disclose which manner he’s leaning, however he is aware of if it’s not MMA, that transfer will ultimately occur.
“It’s always going to be there,” Steveson instructed MMA Junkie. “I’ve hit a point where I’ve reached that stage where winning an Olympic gold means you’re the top dog in the world at the heavyweight division. To go to the UFC, WWE, PFL, Bellator or whereever, whoever I accept, I think it would be cool to go out there and win and represent myself at the highest fashion.”
If Steveson have been to cross over into MMA, he’d be the primary heavyweight to have received an Olympic gold medal in wrestling. He’d even be the second Olympic wrestling gold medalist to compete in MMA behind former two-division UFC champion Henry Cejudo.
At simply 21 years outdated, Steveson has been focusing solely on wrestling and is aware of there’s work to be accomplished to have the ability to compete in MMA at a excessive degree. And he has no drawback with that.
“(I’ve trained MMA) just here and there,” Steveson stated. “Not full time as a result of I’ve been specializing in full-time wrestling, so I do know there’s numerous issues I must get proper.
“Everything is a learning experience. I’m still learning how to wrestle to this day. I’m still maturing on the wrestling mat. So if I switch to fighting, I know I have to get my hands right and it’s just a new learning experience. I’m here to hit all the learning curves and hammer them out. I’m here to put my best foot forward and take on new challenges.”