University of Oklahoma wrestling legend and former Olympic wrestler Danny Hodge spoke with Dave Meltzer about what might have been if MMA was around in his day:
"I wish it had been around when I was young," said Hodge, now 77, who in 2000 was listed by Sports Illustrated as one of Oklahoma’s greatest athletes of the 20th century.
For those of you who don't know who Danny Hodge is, he's considered one of if not the greatest collegiate wrestlers of all time. From 1955 to 1957 Hodge went undefeated at the University of Oklahoma on his way to three consecutive NCAA Championships at 177 lbs. What's more astonishing is he was NEVER TAKEN DOWN.
Like so many former collegiate wrestlers, Hodge found himself "competing" in entertainment - style wrestling when he first came across martial arts:
"The first time I saw it was in 1968 in Tokyo," said Hodge, who was touring Japan at the time as a pro wrestler in an industry where he was and remains a backstage legend. "I saw them doing takedowns. I watched it on television. It was called kickboxing in those days."
Hodge goes on to talk about his boxing career, storied wrestling career, and his current involvement in MMA. Read the full article here.