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Roman Bravo-Young signs major NIL deal with MMA manager

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Penn State’s biggest wrestling star set to return for another year on the college mats will be doing so with a brand new NIL deal pinned down. Roman Bravo-Young, a two-time NCAA national champion, has signed an NIL marketing deal with Dave Martin, one of the top managers in the world of MMA. The news of the NIL deal was first broken by MMA insider Ariel Helwani via Twitter.

Bravo-Young contemplated returning to college for another season with Penn State’s wrestling program or moving to the next stage of his promising professional fighting career. Fortunately for Penn State, Bravo-Young opted for another year with the program. But Bravo-Young is already considered one of the top prospects on the radar of the MMA world, and it may not be long before we see the former Nittany Lion jump into the MMA rings.

Bravo-Young would be following the same path traveled by former Penn State wrestlers Phil Davis and, most recently, Bo Nickal. By signing an NIL deal with one of the top MMA managers in the game, it seems like a forgone conclusion where Bravo-Young is heading after his college wrestling career ultimately comes to a close. The wrestling superstar is already scrapping with UFC fighter Belal Muhammad.

Bravo-Young previously signed an NIL deal with Barstool Sports once NIL deals became options for college athletes last year. And just last week saw Bravo-Young begin using his social media feed to promote an energy drink promoted by celebrity podcast host and MMA enthusiast Joe Rogan.

Bravo-Young is certainly taking advantage of the NIL opportunities made possible by NCAA rule changes, and there could very well be more on the way for what may be one of the future stars of the MMA world.


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