As the wrestling world continues to wait on the upcoming vote by the International Olympic Committee for the verdict for what will be the final sport added to the 2020 games, the community at large isn’t slowing its plans for overall growth.
As first teased on MMAWeekly.com a few months back, promoters are mounting plans to put together a first-of-its-kind wrestling event that will mimic many major MMA shows, such as the UFC or Bellator, while also taking a page from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu events such as Metamoris.
Sources have indicated to MMAWeekly.com that plans are coming together for the first event to be held on Oct. 22 at the Rio in Las Vegas for the first ever Agon Wrestling Championships.
The promotion is apparently eyeing three possible match-ups, including a main event that could see a Bellator champion step back on the mats that he called home for many years.
The main event currently in discussion with event promoters could pit former Olympian and two-time NCAA champion Ben Askren in a folk-style wrestling match against four-time NCAA champion (from four different weight divisions) Kyle Dake. The promotion hopes to crown the winner as the No. 1 contender in the world folk-style wrestling championship, with Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs likely sitting as the top-ranked wrestler in that division.
Other match-ups that are currently being pursued include current Bellator wrestler and former NCAA champ Bubba Jenkins against former teammate from Penn State Frank Molinaro, as well as NCAA All-American and current RFA champion Lance Palmer against Oklahoma State standout Jordan Oliver.
These match-ups are all tentative and not signed, but the promoters behind the event are looking at these bouts as featured events for the first show.
In addition to the match-ups, Agon Wrestling is currently looking at broadcasting live via the Internet on FloWrestling.org, a top destination site for wrestling, and partnering with sponsors such as Cage Fighter and CF Athletic, as well as Titan Mercury Wrestling Club.
More information about the upcoming Agon event should be announced in the coming days.