The list of former Olympians who have tried MMA is very long and includes many failures. It seems most wrestlers or other combat athletes who have had enough success in their amateur careers to make the Olympics will try MMA when their options for earning good money on other professional circuits proves financially inadequate.

Sadly many Olympians fail to reach the same level of success they had in the Olympics in MMA. Not the ones on this list though, these Olympians became accomplished fighters. In fact many of them reached heights of fame and money through MMA that is unreachable through Olympic sports.

Here are 11 MMA fighters who competed in the olympics…

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Ian is a MMA writer based out of Toronto, ON Canada. An avid mixed martial arts enthusiast and passionate fan since he was born, Ian has been writing about mixed martial arts for over 5 years.