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World MMA Heavyweight Scouting Report: #6 - Jared Rosholt

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The NCAA All-American wrestler. The cornerstone of success in today's sport. A supreme set of skills that, when mastered, almost assures great things will come inside the cage. At #6 on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, three-time NCAA All-American and 2010 NCAA runner-up Jared Rosholt (1-0) chimes in as one of the most promising heavyweights in the landscape of the division. With enormous size and great speed for the weight class, the 24-year-old could be on the fast track to becoming a major player in the division in the years to come.

Offensive Skills: Rosholt's vast wrestling experience is his obvious means to victory inside the cage. He is one of the very few heavyweight talents entering the sport with the immense size, speed, and know-how to topple some of the best in the sport, utilizing a smothering top control game, improving ground and pound, and hopefully a submission arsenal. Rosholt's greenness in the sport leaves a lot of questions as to what type of fighter he'll become offensively, but I would expect his size and wrestling ability to give a majority of heavyweights in the regional scene significant problems, even with limited knowledge in the other areas of the sport.

Defensive Skills: Considering Rosholt's first foray into mixed martial arts was an one-sided drubbing of Dee Burchfield, we have no idea what the capacity of Rosholt's defensive skills are at this point. Judging from how other highly-credentialed wrestlers have faired, submission defense and the effectiveness of the takedown game are keys to his success. If he can't consistently put opponents on their backs, he'll be forced to fight on the feet, an area of his game that I'm not confident he'll pick up quickly.

Progression: Apart from the one stint in the cage and some footage of appearances in no-gi grappling tournaments, we have no way to determine Rosholt's progression. Rosholt is at the starting point of his career. Winning one of the regional ADCC trials is a step in the right direction along with his continued study of the arts of Jiu-Jitsu.

Environment: Rosholt has been training at Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu under Marc Laimon and at Ken Hahn's Striking Unlimited gym, similarly to his brother Jake.

Potential: Rosholt's placement at #6 on our countdown may be a bit of a shock to some of our readers. Bypassing talents such as Gluhov, Minakov, and Gaston may seem crazy considering Rosholt's limited experience in the sport. But statistics don't lie. Many highly-credentialed NCAA Division I All-Americans and champions have gone on to successful careers in the sport. The fact that Jared is a heavyweight who will be cutting down to 265 lbs and ballooning back up to 280-285 lbs. makes him even more unique. He's athletically gifted, running a 4.7 second, 40-yard dash, and showing tremendous strength over the course of his NCAA career. The sky is the limit for Jared. Hopefully he doesn't suffer the same setbacks his brother Jake met inside the Octagon.

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Fight footage after the fold...

Jared Rosholt vs. Daniel Pollaccia - No-Gi Grappling
Jared Rosholt vs Dee Burchfield - MMA Debut