High level Greco-Roman wrestlers have been a part of MMA since the beginning. Wrestlers like Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Matt Lindland and Joe Warren have all competed at the highest levels of the sport. The new Bellator featherweight champion even won a World Championships in 2006.
Efforts to save Olympic wrestling are paying off. However, the fight is not over. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today following a vote in St. Petersburg, Russia that wrestling was in a group of three sports selected as candidates for the final provisional sport spot in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games.