Former NCAA wrestling champions Jake Rosholt, Johny Hendricks, and Shane Roller have all signed multi-fight contracts with Zuffa-owned World Extreme Cagefighting, FiveOuncesOfPain.com has learned.
Rosholt, Hendricks, and Roller all wrestled for amateur wrestling powerhouse Oklahoma State and are all members of Texas businessman Ted Ehrhardt’s “Team Takedown.” Team Takedown signed the three fighters to exclusive management contracts in which the fighters draw a salary and have their training expenses paid for by Ehrhardt. In exchange, Ehrhardt is entitled to a share of the fighters’ earnings.
Rosholt, perhaps the crown jewel of the three fighter acquisitions by the WEC, is a middleweight fighter with a 4-0 record. The 25-year old was a three-time NCAA champion at OSU and was also a four-time NCAA All-American. He was recruited out of high school after winning three State championships.
The charismatic Hendricks is 3-0 in his young career as a professional mixed martial artist. The 24-year old welterweight was a two-time NCAA champion and a four-time All-American at OSU. He is also a former three-time Big 12 conference champion as well as a three-time State champion while in high school.
Roller, the oldest member of Team Takedown at 27, is 3-1 as a pro lightweight. While at OSU, he was a three-time NCAA All-American and a former Big 12 conference champion. He was a four-time High School State champion.
Debut dates for the trio of fighters have not been set. Although information pertaining to their first fights for the WEC could be made available within the next several days. The WEC’s next event will be held on Aug. 3 in Las Vegas and will be followed by an event on Sept. 10, most likely to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Rosholt will likely become an instant contender for the WEC middleweight title that is currently held by Paulo Filho. Meanwhile, after several wins, both Hendricks and Roller could become title contenders in their respective weight classes as well.
In other Team Takedown-related news, Rosholt and Hendricks are scheduled to be featured on the VERSUS MMA-themed reality television show “TapouT” on Aug. 20.
(Pictured: Jake Rosholt)