13 MMA and UFC Olympic Gold Medalists and Those Who Fell Short

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13 MMA and UFC Olympic Gold Medalists and Those Who Fell Short
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An Olympic gold medal is the ultimate goal for most of the world's best amateur athletes. It's awarded just once every four years, making it one of the rarest and most sought after of all athletic achievements.

Winning one takes years of hard work, perseverance, guts and more than a little good fortune. Like it or not, the Olympics serve as a measuring stick for who mattered most and where you stand in your own sport's annals. A world championship is great. An Olympic championship equals immortality.

Mixed martial arts is not yet an Olympic sport. It may never be. But its athletes have competed in four Olympic competitions. And while Olympic pedigree is far from a guarantee of MMA success, amateur success is certainly a good building block for a career in MMA.

Thirteen Olympic gold medalists have tried their hand at professional mixed martial arts. So have a host of other medalists and also-rans. Few have found lasting success.

Can you name them? You'll be able to after this, so let's get started!

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