Jordan Burroughs is quite possibly the best wrestler in the world right now, but he wants no part of MMA.
The Olympic Gold Medalist tweeted on Saturday after watching the Eddie Alvarez vs. Michael Chandler fight that he will not be pursuing a career in mixed martial arts.
“MMA is brutal. Great sport, but not for me. I will never step foot in the Octagon,” Burroughs tweeted.
Burroughs is a decorated athlete who won the Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and at the world championships in 2011 and 2013.
The 25-year old athlete defeated Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran to become the Olympic Gold Medalist champion at 163 pounds. He also won two national championships at the University of Nebraska, along with the Hodge Trophy, college wrestling’s highest honor.
After he won the Gold Medal in 2012, Burroughs said he would compete one more time in the Olympics, and then try MMA. Now it seems he has changed his mind.
Burroughs would have joined Daniel Cormier, Sara McMann and Ronda Rousey as another Olympic athlete making the jump to MMA.
After getting positive feedback from his Twitter followers, Burroughs offered a more detailed explanation for his logic.
“I’m a wrestler at heart. Always have been. Always will be,” he wrote.