Bellator MMA announced on Monday that they have signed three-time NCAA wrestling national champion Ed Ruth to a contract.
Ruth will attempt to win gold at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil before moving into the world of mixed martial arts. He is viewed as a top contender in the 86kg. division.
“I’ve known for a long time now that after I get Olympic gold around my neck, I was going to go get some MMA gold for my waist,” Ruth said. “I’ve been talking with all the major organizations, and at the end of the day, I really believe in what Scott Coker is doing with Bellator. They’re signing the top talent, they’re putting on exciting fights, and they’re letting me secure my own sponsors. It will be a little while until I step into the cage for the first time – but when I do, everyone they put in front of me is in for a world of hurt.”
After a standout high school wrestling career for the famed Blair Academy in Pennsylvania, Ruth headed to Penn State University where he won three NCAA titles and was a four-time All-American.
Eventually, he will be joining fellow Olympic hopeful Aaron Pico on the Bellator roster.