Kyle Snyder Wants to Fight in UFC

Kyle Snyder wants to fight in the UFC and wrestle in the Olympics at the same time.

He surprised the world by becoming the USA’s youngest Olympic champion in wrestling.

Kyle Snyder is a popular name in the wrestling world. If you follow wrestling, you must have heard about this young talent.  In fact, Jordan Burroughs has said that Snyder is the future of the sport.

Olympic champion is just the latest accomplishment in his wrestling resume.  He is also a NCAA champion as well as a world champion.  It seems he now wants to add MMA fighting to his accomplishments.

Rio 2016 Olympic wrestling

photo credit Fox Sports

Kyle Snyder’s interest in the UFC

In an interview with the Flo Sports, he said that he is interested in playing in five Olympic Games until 2032. Having won two Olympic gold and UWW World Championship, he became one of the most popular American wrestlers on the UFC list. But he wants to improve his skill before participating in UFC.

Snyder is now doing all the preparations for the upcoming championships. He said that he will not participate in any fighting until he was not fully trained in all the aspects of the sports. He says that he needs to brush up on his jiu-jitsu and boxing skills. And at the same time, he needs to finish his study.

Snyder is a great student and plans on finishing college

Kyle attends Ohio State University. It’s ironic to think about how Snyder and J’den Cox are back in college after wrestling in the Olympics.

I was reading an article and the article stated that Snyder has a 3.85 GPA.  It’s nice to see that he also excels in his studies and has every intention of graduating from college.


Other Wrestlers who have made the move to the UFC

Snyder would not be the first wrestler to make a move to the UFC.  Many popular wrestlers have made their way to the UFC.

Randy Couture, the 3-time NCAA all-American and 2-time NCAA runner-up has had great success in the UFC.  His Greco has helped him win 5 different UFC championships.

Mark Coleman is a NCAA champion that wrestled for Miami Universtiy in Ohio.  He went on to have a successful career in the UFC and win the heavyweight UFC championship.

Brock Lesner is a NCAA champion that is now a household name.  From wrestling, he went to the WWE and then on to the UFC.  While he struggled at first, Lesnar went on to win the UFC heavyweight championship.

Snyder in the UFC

Numerous wrestlers have excelled in the UFC, but none of them are as accomplished as Snyder.  I think this could be a great challenge for the up and coming wrestler.

If he does fight in the UFC, he will be the first active UFC fighter to win the gold at the Olympic Games and compete in MMA. In addition to fighting in the UFC, he plans on wrestling in the 2020 Olympics.

Before Snyder fights in the UFC, he wants to improve and focus on several aspects of MMA fighting.  he wants to make sure his MMA skills are up to his standards before taking on an opponent.

He wants to fight in the UFC and wrestle in the World and Olympic championship simultaneously.  I think he has a tough road ahead of him, but I think he could accomplish his goals.

He is planning to take his UFC training as soon as possible. If he’s able to make the jump, we may see Snyder fighting in the UFC in the very near future.

I think Synder can accomplish anything he puts his mind to.  Having said that, MMA is different and will require him to acquire new skills to be successful in the octagon.  I look forward to watching him continue to excel in combat sports.

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What Shoes are best for a First Year Wrestler

Wrestling shoes for the beginning wrestler don’t need to be expensive.  While my son has been wrestling for a very long time, a lot of his friends recently decided to pick up the great sport of wrestling.

All of his friends were asking me about the best wrestling shoes to purchase.

After talking with my son’s friends, I realized that wrestling shoes come in with varying styles and prices.  A pair of wrestling shoes can range in price from 30 bucks to well over $200.

I tend to purchase high-end wrestling shoes for my son because he is serious about wrestling and plans on wrestling in college (hopefully).

There are different ranges of wrestling shoes available on the market that are based on the level of the wrestler. There are shoes for beginners, as well as for seasoned wrestlers.

New wrestlers should stick with more affordable shoes.  The reason for this is that wrestling is a tough sport and a lot of kids decide they don’t like wrestling after one wrestling season.  Let’s discuss how to select the best wrestling shoes for a beginning wrestler.


Features to Look for in Wrestling Shoes

There are 3 things to look for in a pair of shoes for a new wrestler.  Those are the grip of the sole, durability, and price.  Wrestling shoes are extremely flexible. They are light and easy to carry. They provide extra support and strength to the ankle. Most wrestling shoes provide great support on the mat.  Here is what you should look for.

As a first year wrestler, the following features are absolutely required to be kept in mind while buying a pair of wrestling shoes.

Sole :

You want to make  sure that the sole of the wrestling shoe will provide a good grip on the mat. Most shoes will do a great job of providing traction, but it’s important to check out reviews to see what other wrestlers had to say.

Material :

The material used to make the shoe is also important. The leather and suede shoes tend to be more expensive and don’t breathe as well.  The mesh shoes tend to be cheaper.  The difference is that the mesh shoes are not quite as durable.  It’s not a big deal because your first pair of shoes only needs to last one season.


Since parents are the ones that make the purchase, the price of the shoe is an important factor.  My advice is to spend between 25 to 60 dollars on your kid’s first pair of shoes.  I would avoid the cheapest shoes and any wrestling shoes over the $60 threshold.


I would recommend that you buy a wrestling shoe that is at least one-half size larger than your kid’s regular shoes.  I would recommend that you go to a sporting goods store for your first pair of wrestling shoes.  This way you can make sure they fit.  You want your shoes to have a snug fit, but they also need to be comfortable.

Affordable Wrestling Shoes to Consider

I did some research and identified 3 pairs of wrestling shoes that perform well on the mat, but will not cost a ton of money.

ASICS Matflex :   The matflex is by far the most popular shoe with new and little league wrestlers.  The shoes provide great grip on the mat and should last a couple of seasons.  You can usually find these shoes for about $40.

Adidas HVC – Adidas has a great shoe called HVC.  It also does a great job and typically runs about $50. The main difference between this shoe and the matflex is that it has a full-length rubber sole.

Nike Speedsweep –  The speedsweep is another great choice.  I have found these shoes for about $35.  Some people prefer Nike over ASICS and Adidas.  If that’s the case, these are a great pair of shoes.

Consider Last Years Model

If you are willing to look online, you can find last year’s models for a very cheap price.  Wrestling shoes get updated every year with new enhancements.  Buying last year’s model is a great way to get a very good pair of shoes for the same price as the shoes listed above.

While I was doing the research for this article, I found a great video on wrestling shoes.  The video is by and provides some great info for anyone looking to buy a pair of shoes.

I hope you enjoyed the article.  If you’re a new wrestling parent, buying shoes can be a little daunting.  Hopefully, I have guided you in the right direction to get a good pair of wrestling shoes and keep a little cash in your pocket.