Olympic wrestling gold medalist Jordan Burroughs decides against MMA

Elias Cepeda

Eddie Alvarez and Michael Chandler’s lightweight title rematch Saturday night at Bellator 106 thrilled fans and prompted one particular high profile one to let the world know that MMA is too rough for him. World and Olympic freestyle wrestling champion Jordan Burroughs had previously said that he’d get into MMA after the 2016 Olympic games but over the course of Alvarez vs. Chandler II and several tweets, the American wrestler appeared to think better of the idea.

Jordan Burroughs ‏@alliseeisgold2 Nov

Watching Bellator. @MikeChandlerMMA is a stud. I wrestled him 2x in college. I would much rather wrestle him than fight him!

Jordan Burroughs ‏@alliseeisgold2 Nov

That was a great fight. Congrats to both of those guys. Well done.

Jordan Burroughs ‏@alliseeisgold2 Nov

MMA is brutal. Great sport, but not for me. I will never step foot in the Octagon.

Jordan Burroughs ‏@alliseeisgold3 Nov

I'm a wrestler at heart. Always have been. Always will be.

MMA has always had champions with a strong amateur wrestling background. Mark Coleman, Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, Cain Velasquez, Daniel Cormier and Ben Askren to name just several. It appears as if Burroughs has no intention of trying to become the next.

Physical skills are only one part of fighting – the will to fight and all the associated psychology are also requisite. Do you think Burroughs is making a mistake in ruling out MMA or do you think he’s better off sticking to wrestling?

Let us know in the comments section. But first, check out some wrestling highlights from Burroughs below.

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