has a profile of 2009 NCAA wrestling champ Mark Ellis who has just joined AKA to train with Cain Velasquez, Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch, et al.
No word on when Ellis will make his MMA debut. He'll be helping train Cain Velasquez for his UFC 121 bout with Brock Lesnar.
You can see Ellis wrestling here
Ellis is not the first Mizzou wrestling product to make the transition to MMA. In fact, he credits the influence and success of former teammates Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren as a deciding factor in his decision to enter the sport.
"Tyron approached me two years ago when I was a junior," Ellis said. "He sat me down and talked to me about fighting and what I wanted to do. I told him I wanted to fight and he talked to me about my options and what to look for and some things that he was experiencing as he was coming up in the fighting world.
"I was seeing they were having success and that he was gonna do alright and do well and I wanted to do it. Most recently, I’ve seen Ben have some success…every time I’ve (seen him fight), I was like, ‘Man, I can’t wait to do this, I can’t wait to fight’."
Ellis’s options weren’t limited only to Olympic wrestling and mixed martial arts. Ellis also received a look from the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. While he did make a stop at a Browns camp, he has decided to focus on his fighting career instead.