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Is this the next Olympic gold wrestler to raise hell in MMA?



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Olympic wrestler David Taylor is considering a move to MMA. Photo via Instagram (@magicman_psu)

Olympic gold medalist David Taylor might look for a new career.

The 31-year-old is widely considered one of the best wrestlers in USA after he won a gold medal at the Olympic games in Tokyo last year. To chase greatness is something that interigues Taylor – and that’s why he’s now considering a future move to MMA.

“I think in the sport of wrestling, I’ve accomplished everything I’ve wanted to accomplish,” Taylor explained when visiting Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour.

“Winning a second Olympic gold medal in Paris in 2024 is top priority. But if I want to pursue being the best combat athlete of all time, stepping in the octagon is something that would have to happen. Is that going to happen? I don’t know yet, but I’m definitely considering it more than I’ve ever considered it before.”

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David Taylor: “Definitely takes a different mentality”

The 31-year-old American claimed that from a combat sports standpoint, wrestlers can make the transition to MMA well. However, he sees a huge difference in mentality between the two sports.

“You’ve got an understanding when you walk in an arena, some people go and celebrate with their family, some go to the hospital. In wrestling, that’s not the case. Worst-case scenario, you get taken down, you get beat. You’re not beaten. Your ego hurts, You’re frustrated but you just regroup and you can wrestle the next day if you want.”

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