What a medal can mean to mixed martial artists

With nearly 4,000 hours of media coverage, Beijing is the perfect place for MMA's next big thing to emerge. Sherdog looks at three American wrestlers who medaled in past Olympics and went on to high-profile fights inside the cage.

Originally Published: August 15, 2008
By Tommy Messano | Sherdog.com

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games and their vast commercial reach could serve as a launching pad for the next mixed martial arts superstar.

With various media outlets providing more than 3,600 hours of Olympic coverage, a medal-winning athlete with a compelling story could be in perfect position to make the leap into MMA. After all, it has happened before.

Many Olympic wrestlers and judokas from various countries have gone on to give MMA a try. Some enjoyed more success than others. ...

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