Gray Maynard and Rashad Evans have represented Michigan State well in the world of mixed martial arts. Evans has catapulted himself to the top of the light heavyweight division and Maynard is already considered a top 10 welterweight by many. The backbone for both guys was their amateur wrestling careers and the experience they got in the Big 10 at Michigan State. Funny thing is, neither guy was the wrestler with the most upside on that Spartan team. Nik Fekete was the man and now after a decorated amateur career he's turned his attention to making money and competing in MMA.
Seeing Evans win The Ultimate Fighter 2 got the juices flowing for Fekete. At the time, Fekete was training to make the U.S. Olympic team. He put together a great amateur resume as a two-time runner-up at the U.S. nationals and the runner-up for the spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Fekete went to Beijing as an alternate but didn't get to compete.
Fekete, an MMA light heavyweight, is training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. He's already had the chance to work with Randy Couture, K-1 veteran Ray Sefo and jiu-jitsu black belt Robert Drysdale.
He makes his amateur debut this Sunday at an event in Las Vegas and surprisingly said there will be some nerves.
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