Jordan Burroughs is the current favorite in winning the gold medal in 2016 Rio Olympic Men’s Freestyle Wrestling. Find out more about his career so far.
Currently ranked the world’s no. 1 in Freestyle Wrestling and having won a gold medal in the Olympics before too, it is not surprising that Jordan Burroughs is expected to clinch a gold medal in Olympics this time too.
His arch rival, Denis Tsargush, is a Russian who was defeated by Burroughs in the 2012 London Olympic Semi-Final. Tsargush took his revenge in 2014 World Championships where he defeated Burroughs.
Interestingly, Burroughs has to defeat another Russian wrestler Aniuar Geduev, currently the second best in the world, in the quarterfinals tonight in order to have a shot at winning his second Olympic gold medal.
Having won 3 World Championships, Burroughs was offered to fight in the UFC, which is a crossbreed between wrestling and MMA, but Burroughs refused every time.
According to him, becoming a husband a father has given him a lot of perspective in life and made him think about what he really wants to do in the future after his wrestling career is done and dusted.
“It’s notoriety, it’s the celebrities sitting ringside in Vegas, it’s financial incentive, it’s being labeled as the toughest guy in the world and being respected and heralded on such a high level, but for me I’m passionate about the sport of wrestling. I want to win another gold medal,” said Burroughs in an interview with Fox News.
And Burroughs’ confidence isn’t just an empty cry. He backs whatever he claims every time. According to NBC Olympics, Burroughs had set his Twitter handle to “@alliseeisgold” back in 2012, when he was competing in the London Olympics, which ended with him winning his first Olympic gold medal.
Can he repeat his performance this time?
Jordan Burroughs Facts
- Jordan Burroughs began wrestling from the age of five and considered WWF champions Macho Man Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior as his role models.
- Burroughs began working towards a career in fighting from the days of attending Winslow Township High School. There he won three district titles, two regional championships, and a state title and the Senior Nationals in 2006.
- In his collegiate career, he won three Big 12 titles, two national championships and the Hodge Trophy for his senior season.
- He was the fourth wrestler in the history to win the NCAA championship and World Championships in the same year (2011).
- He defeated Iran’s Sadegh Goudarzi in the finals of 2012 London Olympics to win his first Olympic Gold medal.
- Burroughs’ winning streak continued with the 2013 World Championships where he won a second career gold medal.
- His longest array of undefeated matches was 69 matches, which is said to be the longest winning streak in wrestling at a senior level.
- He suffered a sprained MCL during 2014 World Championships, which left him with a bronze medal. He returned the following year, well rested and fully recovered to get back to winning gold medals again!
- He has his own website – http://www.jordanburroughs.com/
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