by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The path for many former NCAA wrestling champions led to the Olympics, but now the road is veering towards the fighting arena. The latest to make the move is Mark Ellis, the 2009 NCAA heavyweight wrestling champion from Missouri, who will begin his training at the American Kickboxing Academy to get ready for a career in MMA.
Ellis has also signed on with Zinkin Entertainment, a group which represents several top name fighters in the sport including Josh Koscheck, Cain Velasquez, and fellow NCAA champions Phil Davis and Ben Askren.
Aspiring to be a professional football player as well, Ellis actually made a trip to the Cleveland Browns mini-camp, but decided to devote all his time to his training for a debut in MMA.
At 6’3″, 265lbs, Ellis is an explosive heavyweight who will fit in just fine alongside other world class wrestlers at AKA like Velasquez, and 2008 Olympian Daniel Cormier.
The former University of Missouri wrestler will make his move to San Jose to work with AKA and trainers like Bob Cook and Dave Camarillo in the near future, and then look to make his MMA debut.