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Four Paths to MMA: BJJ, Wrestling, Football and....Track?

Doing my usual run through FightOpinion's excellent daily MMA news links and I noticed an unusual thread running through the stories today -- what did fighters do before they got into MMA. There's a bunch of stories about Alberto Crane, Roger Huerta's opponent this saturday at UFC 74, most of them going into detail on his impressive background in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu:

"I've been off the radar for the last three years but I've been here for years now, and I've been in some tough competitions down in Brazil, with guys trying to take your head off," said Crane, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt who owns championships in the Mundials, Brazilian Nationals, Grapplers Quest and Pan Ams. "I also had some great guys to work with at my school and I just kept working on it while I was teaching. I made sure I made time for myself and just did it for the love of it, not training for any competition."
There's also this tidbit from an interview Crane did with the Santa Fe Reporter:
What's the worst injury you've given one of your opponents? In grappling I broke a guy's arm backwards and to the side because he didn't tap. He didn't tap and I just had to keep pushing on it. It didn't feel right, like in my heart. But, I mean, what can I do? I didn't have a choice.
Clearly, BJJ is a proven path to MMA success. So is wrestling. Take the charming Brock Lesnar, he thinks his impressive amateur and professional resume has prepped him to compete at the top levels of MMA:
Lesnar has a wrestling resume that rivals or surpasses most everyone competing in MMA. We've seen accomplished collegiate wrestlers like Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Josh Koscheck, and others succeed in MMA. Does Lesnar believe he has the ability to have the same success? "Absolutely, no doubt in my mine. I mean, you take Randy Couture for example, I mean he's the heavyweight champion of the UFC, but he's a small heavyweight. Let's face it, Tim Sylvia was not a legitimate heavyweight champion," responded Lesnar. "I enjoyed watching Randy beat the sh*t out of Tim Sylvia. I enjoyed that. I mean take a look at this guy, Tim Sylvia, the guy's feet; they're damn near webbed. He looks like the Swamp Thing. The guy is a vulture. He can't wrestle worth a crap. He's got a jab and a little right hand. There's no way. I'd double-leg his a** right through that cage so fast, and that would be the end of the fight. I'm tired. I'm tired of this. Brock Lesnar wants to fight somebody, somebody with credentials, and Tim Sylvia ain't the guy.
Not everyone agrees. But then there's no doubt that wrestlers have done better in MMA than football players (see Morton, Johnny) but that doesn't stop more from trying:
For six seasons, Marcus Jones fought his way through NFL trenches, leading the Bucs in sacks in 2000. Seems so long ago. Always a UFC fan, his interest in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts led him to Gracie Tampa. Rob Kahn, Gracie Tampa Trainer: "There's no stopping him, there's nobody in the UFC that's as athletic and as strong , as that type of package that Marcus is. " "I think the rate at which you learn is how much you love what you're doing," says Marcus. "And I really love it. " Marcus hopes to fight his first match, a WFC fight, in October.
At least Jones is going through BJJ en route to MMA. That's better than Morton who just went to see the juice man on his way to the ring. Then there's this guy, first track and fielder I've seen making the jump:
When Jason Brenton decided to get involved in mixed martial arts, he wasted no time. Since June, Brenton has fought in three boxing matches and competed in four mixed martial arts events. He's 7-0, including an MMA victory in Castle Rock last weekend. A junior at Western State College in Gunnison, Brenton competes in the long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault for the Mountaineers' men's track team. Mixed martial arts is Brenton's way of staying in shape over the summer. With his undefeated record, Brenton hopes to see better competition with each bout in which he competes.
Will be interesting to see how his MMA race comes out.