Wrestling Cut from Olympics: Twitter Reactions from MMA World

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Wrestling Cut from Olympics: Twitter Reactions from MMA World
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Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, seen here competing for a spot in the 2008 Games, is one of the many mixed martial artists who holds close ties to Olympic wrestling.

Wrestling has been a cornerstone event in the Olympics for literally thousands of years. That made it all the more surprising that it was suddenly, and unceremoniously cut from the 2020 Olympic Games.

MMA, as everyone likely knows, has maintained a close tie to the sport, and has seen more than a few athletes jump over and have great success. Naturally, reactions from mixed martial artists were swift and unanimously negative to the news. So what are fighters, journalists and Olympians saying about the news?

Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren, who competed in the 2008 Olympic Games, is dumbstruck by the news:

Silver medalist from the 2004 Games, and fast-rising mixed martial artist Sara McMann did not like the news one bit:

UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones expressed the same sentiment:

Aaron Simpson posted this, and unloaded a series of links and retweets on saving wrestling in the Olympics:

Former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida voiced his support:

Former welterweight champion and famed coach Pat Miletich was beside himself over the news (and Hall of Famer Matt Hughes gave him a retweet):

Lightweight grinder Gray Maynard was as displeased as anyone:

TUF16 winner Colton Smith said basically what all of us were thinking:

Shane Roller and Johnny Bedford chimed in:

Stay tuned with Bleacher/Report for more reactions and interviews surrounding this development.


As the day wore on, more and more fighters chimed in, including other Olympians. Ronda Rousey, who won a bronze medal in Judo said:

Mark Coleman, who competed in the 1992 Games in Barcelona, said:

Dan Henderson, who competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games spoke out during a UFC 157 conference call earlier today:

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