Winning an Olympic gold medal could just be the beginning of Ohio State wrestler Kyle Snyder’s stardom.
On Monday, Snyder told FOX Sports he is serious about pursuing a career in mixed martial arts, which he would do in addition to training for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Snyder attended UFC 203 in Cleveland on Saturday night, and what he saw prompted him to tweet this:
I want to fight @ufc
— Kyle Snyder (@Snyder_man45) September 11, 2016
“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 went on to say that he would like to start implementing MMA-style workouts into his training regimen, but did not put a timeline on how soon he would want to start fighting.
FOX said the full interview with Snyder will air as part of its “Fight Society” podcast.
Snyder is currently a junior at Ohio State and is still on the Buckeyes wrestling team. He was recently honored during the football team’s season opener against Bowling Green.