Last week in Budapest, Hungary, Jordan Burroughs won his 3rd gold medal at the 2013 FILA World Championships of Wrestling. Apparently, winning a 2012 Olympic gold medal last year wasn’t enough for him. Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention that he won the 2011 World Championships as well… right after he won a NCAA championship in his senior year; becoming only the 4th wrestler in history to win a NCAA title and world title in the same year.
Burroughs is an outstanding collegiate and freestyle tactician, and has one of the most impressive resumes any wrestler can possibly have, but what makes his most recent conquest truly a feat is that he did it with a severe injury. Burroughs suffered a broken ankle less than a month before the tournament began. He immediately had 5 medal screws put into his ankle by a surgeon the day after he broke it.
Burroughs was unable to walk for 2 weeks. As soon as he was able to walk again, he hopped on the bike and did some weight lifting to stay in shape. He was unable to wrestle live all month, but that didn’t stop him from going on an undefeated streak at this month’s world championships. Burroughs has now advanced his international wrestling record to a perfect 65-0.
Why is this significant to the MMA community? Well, I’m glad you asked. Burroughs has expressed interest in competing in mixed martial arts when his wrestling career is over. He plans on competing in every major wrestling tournament until the end of his wrestling career in 2017. Then, whichever weight-class he decides to join, he definitely has the potential to be a serious competitor.