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Wrestling Legend Dan Gable Discusses Wrestlers Transitioning to MMA

Wrestling Legend Dan Gable Discusses Wrestlers Transitioning to MMA

Dan Gable is best known for his coaching accolades (including 15 NCAA team team titles for university of Iowa) but the legend is primarily forged on a career that totaled only one lost match in his entire collegiate career. Gable even managed to snag an Olympic gold medal without giving up a single point back in 1972. At one point he used the term “horse with blinders” to describe himself in regards to wrestling. His “attack, control, execute” philosophy is a dead ringer for success. The man behind the Gable Grip helped redefine an entire generation.

Still Gable is a firm believer that wrestling is for everybody and not just select few:

 “They say wrestling isn’t for everybody, but I say it should be,” said Gable when discussing some of his insights early on. “We’re the only sport out there where you have to make a weight class, whether you go up or down you have to learn and understand nutrition to meet weight. It’s also one of the sport that takes quite a bit on endurance, combining track and field, swimming and other activities.”

In this video, Gable talks about Wrestlers transitioning to MMA.

“I like what I call lifers, what I call lifers in the sport. I’m a lifer in the sport but it just so happened the opportunity to make money as a participant after the Olympics really wasn’t there until after the Olympics in 1976, they started being able to pay people and have a decent living. I want to keep the good wrestlers in the sport as long as possible and if there’s another avenue that they can work after that, that’s fine as well.

“Because like I said, wrestlers have that feel that you need in a fight. They have that feel that if they are smart, they can make the jump and I’m sure that some of them may be better in mixed martial arts than they were in wrestling and the wrestling will help. You’ve got to kind of analyze each person to see where they need to be and the love of it. Whether you really like which one better. Mixed martial arts may be a little tougher in terms of what is expected out there from the fan and it depends on whether you really want to administer some real pain.”