If Jordan Burroughs is serious about wanting an MMA fight, then UFC president Dana White would welcome him to the octagon.
Burroughs is one of the most decorated champions in U.S. amateur wrestling history, as the former Nebraska standout has won five world championships and a gold medal at 74 kg at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
But the crossover pull to MMA is strong even among the hardest-core wrestlers, and Burroughs has said he’d like to try fighting in a cage at least once.
If that’s the case, White said the door’s open to giving the UFC a shot.
“Yeah, listen, I’m always interested in, you know, these guys that are considered the best athletes in the world in whatever it is they do wanting to come to the UFC,” White said on Tuesday’s edition of The Jim Rome Show. “Yeah, obviously I’d be very interested.”
Burroughs is in the news after his tech fall victory over UFC welterweight contender Ben Askren on Monday night at the Hulu Theatreat Madison Square Garden. Despite the ongoing banter between White and Askren, the UFC boss wasn’t about to pile on over a loss to one of the very best competitors ever to set foot on a wrestling mat.
“Askren is a very interesting guy,” White said. “He and I have a long history of smack talk between us, and then he retired and was interested in coming into the UFC, and I think timing is everything, and the timing was right for him to come, and he’s been fun since he’s been here.“