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DAN HENDERSON Olympics Henderson was a Greco-Roman wrestler (Credit: AP (1992))

DAN HENDERSON
Olympics
Henderson was a Greco-Roman wrestler for Team USA in the 1992 Olympics (Barcelona) and the 1996 Games (Atlanta). He finished 10th in 1992 and 12th in 1996 while wrestling at middleweight (181 pounds).

U.S. Olympians turned MMA fighters

A look at some of those who competed in the Olympics for Team USA who have since turned to mixed martial arts.

BEN ASKREN Olympics The 2007 Missouri graduate made
(Credit: AP (2008))

BEN ASKREN
Olympics
The 2007 Missouri graduate made the 2008 U.S. Olympic wrestling team for freestyle and won his first bout. He then lost in the quarterfinals to Cuba’s Ivan Fundora.

BEN ASKREN MMA Askren, victor in his first
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BEN ASKREN
MMA
Askren, victor in his first nine professional fights, won the Bellator welterweight title in October 2010 and still holds the belt.

MARK COLEMAN Olympics Coleman competed for Team USA
(Credit: AP (1992))

MARK COLEMAN
Olympics
Coleman competed for Team USA as a freestyle wrestler at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, finishing in seventh place.

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MARK COLEMAN MMA Coleman entered the UFC in
(Credit: AP (2010))

MARK COLEMAN
MMA
Coleman entered the UFC in 1996, became ?the godfather of ground and pound,? won the heavyweight title, fought in Pride and is a UFC Hall-of-Famer.

DANIEL CORMIER Olympics Cormier was a freestyle heavyweight
(Credit: AP (2004))

DANIEL CORMIER
Olympics
Cormier was a freestyle heavyweight wrestler for Team USA in the 2004 Olympics (Athens) where he finished fourth. For the 2008 Games in Beijing, Cormier was named team captain but he did not compete after suffering from a kidney ailment.

DANIEL CORMIER MMA Considered a top prospect, Cormier
(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

DANIEL CORMIER
MMA
Considered a top prospect, Cormier is undefeated and replaced the injured Alistair Overeem in the Strikeforce Grand Prix heavyweight tournament in September 2011. He knocked out Antonio Silva to reach the final.

RHADI FERGUSON Olympics Ferguson competed in judo for
(Credit: Getty (2004))

RHADI FERGUSON
Olympics
Ferguson competed in judo for Team USA in the 2004 Olympics in Athens (pictured in white). He reached the quarterfinals at men’s half-heavyweight where he lost to eventual silver medalist Jang Seong-Ho of South Korea, then lost in the repechage round.

MMA
Ferguson, a four-time national judo champion, fought three times inside the cage, winning all three — including knockouts knocking out his opponent in just seven seconds.

RULON GARDNER Olympics Gardner won gold in Greco
(Credit: AP)

RULON GARDNER
Olympics
Gardner won gold in Greco Roman wrestling at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia, and bronze in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

MMA
Gardner had one MMA fight and he won it. At PRIDE Shockwave 2004 on Dec. 31, 2004, Gardner won a unanimous decision over Hidehiko Yoshida, who was a former Olympic gold medalist in judo.

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RICK HAWN Olympics Hawn was a three-time national
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RICK HAWN
Olympics
Hawn was a three-time national champion in judo and made the 2004 Olympic team. He went 2-2 in his Olympic bouts and finished ninth.

RICK HAWN MMA Hawn began his MMA career
(Credit: Bellator)

RICK HAWN
MMA
Hawn began his MMA career in 2009 and has wins over notable fighters Lyman Good and Shonie Carter. He reached the welterweight tournament final in Bellator Season 5 where he lost to Long Island native Jay Hieron.

DAN HENDERSON Olympics Henderson was a Greco-Roman wrestler
(Credit: AP (1992))

DAN HENDERSON
Olympics
Henderson was a Greco-Roman wrestler for Team USA in the 1992 Olympics (Barcelona) and the 1996 Games (Atlanta). He finished 10th in 1992 and 12th in 1996 while wrestling at middleweight (181 pounds).

DAN HENDERSON MMA Henderson was the only Pride
(Credit: AP )

DAN HENDERSON
MMA
Henderson was the only Pride fighter to hold the middleweight and light heavyweight titles at the same time. He also won the UFC 17 middleweight tournament in 1998 and the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship in 2011. He also won what many believe to be the best fight in MMA history, a five-round, back-and-forth slugfest with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 139.

KEVIN JACKSON Olympics Jackson won the freestyle wrestling
(Credit: AP)

KEVIN JACKSON
Olympics
Jackson won the freestyle wrestling gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He beat Elmadi Jabrailov of the Unified team in the final round. He now coaches wrestling at Iowa State.

MMA
Jackson won the UFC 17 middleweight tournament in 1997 by submitting Tony Fryklund in his second fight of the night. Jackson went 4-2 during his MMA career from 1997-98. He fought in the early days of the sport when weight classes were an afterthought.

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MATT LINDLAND Olympics He represented the United States
(Credit: AP (2000))

MATT LINDLAND
Olympics
He represented the United States in Greco-Roman Wrestling at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 69–76 kg weight category, winning the silver medal.

MATT LINDLAND MMA Lindland (22-9) has fought in
(Credit: Strikeforce/Esther Lin)

MATT LINDLAND
MMA
Lindland (22-9) has fought in the UFC, Strikeforce, Affliction and IFL, to name a few. He began training MMA more than a decade ago with Dan Henderson and Randy Couture, a UFC Hall-of-Famer and three-time Olympic team alternate in Greco-Roman wrestling (1988, 1992 and 1996). Lindland fights occasionally still but is mainly a trainer and coach.

SARA McMANN Olympics McMann, left, was the first
(Credit: AP)

SARA McMANN
Olympics McMann, left, was the first American woman in history to win a silver medal in Olympic wrestling. She lost to Japan's Kaori Icho, from Japan in the women's freestyle 63kg final match at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

SARA McMANN MMA She is 6-0 as an
(Credit: Invicta FC/Esther Lin)

SARA McMANN
MMA
She is 6-0 as an MMA fighter, with bouts in Strikeforce and Invicta, and just signed a deal to fight in the UFC's new women's bantamweight division.

RANDI MILLER Olympics Miller won Olympic bronze in
(Credit: AP)

RANDI MILLER
Olympics
Miller won Olympic bronze in women's freestyle 63-kg at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She is 1-0 in MMA, with a third-round TKO at Invicta 1 in 2012.

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RONDA ROUSEY Olympics Rousey finished ninth in the
(Credit: AP (2007))

RONDA ROUSEY
Olympics
Rousey finished ninth in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. She was 17. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Rousey won the bronze medal at middleweight, becoming the first American to reach the medal podium in women’s judo since it became a full Olympic sport in 1992.

RONDA ROUSEY MMA Rousey turned to mixed martial
(Credit: Austin Hargrave, Hilton Media Group for SHOWTIME)

RONDA ROUSEY
MMA
Rousey turned to mixed martial arts in 2010 and turned pro in 2011. She is 4-0 as a pro and gets a Strikeforce welterweight title shot against champion Miesha Tate in March 2012.

MARK SCHULTZ Olympics Schultz won a gold medal
(Credit: AP)

MARK SCHULTZ
Olympics
Schultz won a gold medal in freestyle wrestling in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

MMA
Schultz defeated Gary Goodridge via TKO because of a cut at the 12-minute mark of a fight at UFC 9 on May 17, 1996, in Detroit.

HERSCHEL WALKER Olympics At age 29, during the
(Credit: AP (1992))

HERSCHEL WALKER
Olympics
At age 29, during the NFL offseason, Walker helped the American bobsled team finished seventh at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

HERSCHEL WALKER MMA At age 46, the former
(Credit: Strikeforce (2010))

HERSCHEL WALKER
MMA
At age 46, the former Heisman Trophy winner, made his MMA debut for Strikeforce, winning by third-round knockout. One year later, he knocked out his opponent in the first round.

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