The UFC isn’t just planning to stand by and let amateur wrestling go under, as the promotion is working with several outlets to help save the sport.
It was made known earlier this year that wrestling was in the process of being dropped from the Summer Olympics beginning in 2020, and the out-pouring of support to save the sport quickly started up.
During a conference call earlier this week, UFC president Dana White made it known that he is working behind the scenes to help keep wrestling alive from the high school ranks on up.
“I’ve met with a lot of top guys in wrestling. I met with them last (week) and the UFC is joining the fight to help save Olympic wrestling. Not just Olympic wrestling. Colleges are dropping (the sport); high schools have been dropping wrestling for a long time. I have personally funded tons of wrestling programs, and the UFC has funded tons of wrestling programs for high school kids.”
White also directed some words towards Bellator MMA and Viacom, saying they could lend a hand in the support process, too.
Several of the top fighters in the world competed in wrestling, including Olympians like Daniel Cormier, Sara McMann and Dan Henderson. Many others were high school or college standouts.