‘I Love Your Energy, Your Positivity’- UFC President Dana White Sends a Message to Tamyra Mensah-Stock Following Her Olympics Achievement

Published 08/04/2021, 1:48 PM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – JUNE 20: Dana White, UFC President gives a speech during 2019 UFC Performance Institute Panel and UFC Fight Night Shenzhen Press Conference at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai on June 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White took to social media recently to honor the women’s 68kg gold medalist, Tamyra Mensah-Stock. She put on a show at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 recently and earned the highest honor for her country. To add to her achievements, this was the first time Mensah-Stock has appeared at the Olympic stages.

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Mensah-Stock defeated Nigerian counterpart Blessing Oborududu in the finals of the tournament to earn the top spot for her country. She bettered her opponent with a scoreline of 4-1. She defeated the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medalist, Sara Dosho, and 2018 world champion, Ukrainian Alla Cherkasova, on his way to the finals. Not to mention, her opponent in the finals, Oborududu, is a 10-time African champion.

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Congratulations Tamyra Mensah Stock for being the first black woman to win a wrestling gold medal. I love your energy, I love your positivity, and we couldn’t have a better representative of our country,” wrote White in his recent post.

This was truly an amazing achievement for Mensah-Stock. She has become only the second American woman in the process to claim a gold medal in wrestling.

Will the UFC and Dana White bring more Olympians into the promotion?

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There have been a lot of Olympians over the years that have competed in the UFC. The likes of Henry Cejudo, who was an Olympic champion as well, Daniel Cormier, Ben Askren, and more have made their way to the UFC to date. Ronda Rousey is probably the most well-known female star on the list.

ANAHEIM, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Ronda Rousey celebrates her UFC Bantamweight Title over Liz Carmouche at Honda Center on February 23, 2013 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

So, one might expect there will be other athletes making their way to the UFC soon as well. Wrestling has proven to be the most solid base for MMA and the UFC recently, and it’s only a matter of time before a handful of wrestlers take over the promotion. Needless to mention, Olympians belong in the top category of wrestlers. It will be interesting to see how things play out in the coming years.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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