Kyle Snyder wants to fight in the UFC and wrestle in the Olympics simultaneously
2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Snyder is ready to make his move into mixed martial arts.
Snyder attended UFC 203 in Cleveland on Saturday night and it was clear that he enjoyed the show as he released a tweet saying he wanted to fight.
I want to fight @ufc
— Kyle Snyder (@Snyder_man45) September 11, 2016
On Monday, Snyder spoke to FOX Sports and made it clear that he wants to pursue a career in mixed martial arts while still looking to conquer another run at the Olympic games in 2020.
At just 20 years of age, Snyder is already the youngest American to ever win gold in wrestling in the Olympics and he’d like to add another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments.
“I want to fight. Basically what that tweet means. I love wrestling, I really do. I would want to continue wrestling but I want to do both at the same time,” Snyder revealed. “I want to pursue my wrestling career, wrestle in World Championships and the Olympic games, but if the scheduling could work out and I can become an elite fighter, then I want to fight in the UFC as well.
“They put on a great show, it’s really exciting. I think it’s something that I could excel in. I haven’t done much boxing or jiu-jitsu or striking or stuff like that but I think that I could pick it up pretty quickly. The crowd and the way they made the whole thing a big show was just exciting for me. It’s something that I want to do.”
Snyder had previously mentioned when speaking to FOX Sports that he was a big fan of the UFC and enjoyed watching fighters like Conor McGregor, but hadn’t decided if a career in MMA was something he would actually pursue.
At 19, Snyder became the youngest American to win the World Championships in wrestling in 2015 before taking home an NCAA heavyweight title earlier this year while competing for The Ohio State University.
Snyder has already made history throughout his athletic career, but he’d love to become the first active UFC fighter to win a gold medal when he wrestles at the 2020 games in Tokyo.