Olympic Gold Winner Gable Steveson Says He Wants to Be the ‘Baddest Man in the UFC’

Published 08/11/2021, 9:15 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Wrestling – Freestyle – Men’s 125kg – Gold medal match – Makuhari Messe Hall A, Chiba, Japan – August 6, 2021. Gable Steveson of the United States celebrates after winning gold against Geno Petriashvili of Georgia. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw


At 21 years of age, becoming an Olympic champion definitely gets the eyes of the entire world on you. This is what wrestling phenom Gable Steveson is going through right now. Steveson is back home after winning gold in the men’s freestyle, 125 kg at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

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As soon as he came back to his hometown of Minnesota, the wrestler has received nothing but love and support from his fellow Americans. He has been the standout performer for Team USA in wrestling this year. Steveson dominated his first three fights and won the finals at the last minute with a takedown.

CHIBA, JAPAN AUGUST 6, 2021: Team USA’s Gable Dan Steveson (blue) competes against Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili in the men’s 125kg freestyle wrestling final at the Makuhari Messe convention centre during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

UFC fighters reach out to Gable Steveson

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The 21-year-old Gable Steveson has been linked to the NFL, the UFC, and the WWE as he tries to make a decision on his future. Steveson wants to keep all his options open. Initially, he seemed to be leaning towards a career in the NFL.

Steveson tweeted out to the head of the UFC Dana White, which squashed all speculations for a potential move to the NFL. Many people thought of this tweet as Steveson confirming a deal with the UFC.

In a recent interview, Steveson spoke about how many UFC veterans have reached out to him to help him make a decision. “I’m not sure what’s on my mind right now,” Steveson told FanSided.

“I’m just gonna take it one step at a time. I am open to all options, WWE, UFC, NFL. I’m gonna go out there and make the best decision and who knows where I end up in the next few weeks.”

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“I mean I know a lot of people like [Daniel] Cormier and Henry Cejudo,” Steveson said. “Everybody’s reached out. I got a lot of people that I know and it’s cool. Hopefully, I think I’m going to speak to Joe Rogan and maybe get on the Joe Rogan show. That’s cool too and I’m waiting for the big dog Dana White to say hello. When he says hello, well, we’ll get to talking.”

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Former Olympians like Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo have shown that it is possible for a wrestler to make a career in the UFC.

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Allan Binoy

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Allan Binoy is a Combat Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in English Literature. Allan is a semi-professional football player for Diego Juniors FC.

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