The global stage of the Olympics has provided the world with introductions to some of the greatest amateur athletes in the world.
Memorable achievements include the United States ice hockey victory over the daunted Russian team in Lake Placid in 1980. More recently, Michael Phelps dominated the swimming events winning eight gold medals in 2008 in Beijing.
Not only does the global stage provide an introduction to these elite athletes, but the Olympics also provide a launching pad for numerous Olympians into the sport of mixed martial arts.
Wrestlers and Judoka Olympians are amongst some of the disciplines that have provided the world with tremendous ultimate fighters.
Follow along as I detail former Olympians who have transitioned into mixed martial arts and have utilized their Olympic backgrounds to become tremendous competitors within the Octagon.
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