Barstool Athlete and 21-year-old Minnesota heavyweight wrestler, Gable Steveson, is coming off a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics and is shooting his shot at UFC President, Dana White.
Steveson just won a gold medal against the reigning defending medalist, Geno Petriashvili from Georgia. ESPN reported, “Steveson trailed Georgia’s Geno Petriashvili 8-5 with time running out. The…American remained composed and took control against his more experienced opponent, scoring on a spin-behind takedown with 10 seconds remaining and then another with less than a second remaining to win the men’s freestyle 125-kilogram class final 10-8.”
Steveson has WWE superstar manager, Paul Hayman, at the helm of his career and has previously shown interest in the WWE. Brock Lesnar is a close mentor and he’s also been photographed at WrestleMania with Roman Reigns. The WWE has also shown interest in Steveson as they tweeted out congratulating him on his gold medal win.
Steveson might have other plans. Steveson subtly tweeted a waving emoji at UFC President Dana White.
The UFC heavyweight division could use some superstar wrestlers. The reigning defending champion, Francis Ngannou, may have knockout power, but his lack of wrestling skills have left much to be desired. The former champion Stipe Miocic brings his own Division I wrestling skills to the mix, while other top contenders are much older than Steveson and far less agile and athletic. It will be interesting to see what a skilled young wrestler could bring to the division. Dana White has yet to respond to Steveson’s tweet. Steveson would join three other UFC fighters that have tasted Olympic gold – Daniel Cormier, Henry Cejudo, and Kevin Jackson.