There will likely be a lot of orange and black in the stands at tomorrow night's World Extreme Cagefighting event. Oklahoma State University's storied collegiate program, which has more All-Americans than any other wrestling team and 34 national team championships. Three former Oklahoma State wrestlers, Johny Hendricks, Mark Munoz and Shane Roller, are on the card, and they are looking to bring their dominance from the mat to the cage.
Johny Hendricks is the most recent graduate and most successful wrestler of the three. He was a two-time national champion, and reigned as the bad boy of wrestling for his entire career. It was a role he relished, often encouraging the boos that would inevitably come after his wins. He has been training with Xtreme Couture to learn striking and jiu-jitsu since he graduated from OSU, but will still likely show flashes of brilliance with wrestling skills when fighting Justin Haskins.
Shane Roller was a three-time All American for Cowboys and is fighting for just the second time in the cage. He used his wrestling to defeat Todd Moore with a guillotine choke in his last fight, but will need to rely on more than just takedowns and guillotines in his bout with Mike Budnik.
Mark Munoz, pictured at right, made his debut with the WEC in a big way, using not his wrestling skills but a superman punch to knock out Chuck Grigsby. Munoz, a national champion and one of the Cowboys' leaders in career victories, is still involved in wrestling as an assistant coach at Cal State-Fullerton. He does not rely on his wrestling, though, so Ricardo Barros should be on the lookout for his heavy punches.
The pipeline from Stillwater to mixed martial arts doesn't end with these three. Randy Couture won a national championship with the Cowboys, Jake Rosholt was a three-time national champ and Sengoku standout Mo Lawal was an All-American at OSU. Hendricks, Roller and Munoz look to continue their tradition of winning from OSU in the cage.
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