ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Despite being only 20 years old, Kyle Snyder is already a wrestling icon.

After going 179-0 as a high school wrestler, Snyder became the youngest American in 20 years to win the FILA Junior World Championship. He followed that up with gold medals at the 2015 Pan American Games and 2015 World Championships, before capping it all off with an Olympic gold medal in Rio this year, becoming the youngest Olympic Wrestling Champion in US history.

Now he is looking for his next challenge, and seems to have announced his intentions to pursue a career in MMA.

"I want to fight," Snyder tweeted, just minutes after the end of UFC 203. He also included the UFC's official Twitter account as a mention in the tweet.

Before the event, Snyder posted a photo of himself hanging out with UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

If he does decide to become an MMA fighter, he will certainly be a prospect worth keeping an eye on in either the light heavyweight or heavyweight divisions. Snyder wrestled at 97 kg (approximately 214 lbs.) in Rio, but has competed as heavy as 226 lbs. before.

In an interesting bit of trivia, when Snyder became the youngest US Olympic Wrestling Champion, he broke the record of Henry Cejudo, who has since become a major player in the UFC's flyweight division.


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