Bellator signs three-time All American wrestler Jarod Trice

Bellator MMA has announced the signing of three-time All American wrestler Jarod Trice to an exclusive, multi-fight contract. “We’re excited to be adding yet another world-class wrestling talent to our ever-growing roster of fighters here at Bellator,” stated Bellator President Scott Coker. “I’ve always taken great pride in our ability to identify and build stars … Read more

Four-time All American wrestling phenom Eric Larkin joins the Bellator Fighting Championships roster

CHICAGO, Ill. (August 09, 2010) — Bellator Fighting Championships today announced the signing of former Arizona State University wrestling prodigy and fast-rising mixed martial artist Eric Larkin to its rapidly expanding roster. The 2003 recipient of the illustrious Dan Hodge Trophy, Larkin captured the 2003 NCAA Division I National Championship at 149 lbs on his … Read more

Before they were fighters: Cain Velasquez edition

Arizona State’s wrestling program has produced more MMA fighters than any other collegiate athletic team. The list includes Don Frye, Dan Severn, Dan Henderson, and more. Recently, CB Dollaway, Ryan Bader, and Cain Velasquez have been making news as the next generation of ASU wrestlers competing in MMA.

This weekend heavyweight Cain Velasquez takes on the biggest test of his MMA career in Cheick Kongo at UFC 99. Today, BTWF takes a look back at his wrestling career. In his only season at Iowa Central CC, Velasquez won a junior college championship at heavyweight. After transferring to Arizona State, he continued his winning ways by bringing home two Pac 10 championships, and he was also a two-time All-American.

Video of Cain Velasquez in NCAA action after the jump…

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