All-time collegiate great Stephen Abas coming to MMA


2004 freestyle wrestling Olympic silver medalist Stephen Abas has signed a two-fight contract with Tachi Palace Fights where he will compete at 135 lbs.

Abas, 32, wrestled for California State University, Fresno, from 1998-2002. Among the honors he earned as a collegiate wrestler are:
Four time All-American
Three time Division I National Champion
144-4 collegiate record
Joined  Dan Gable, Cael Sanderson and Kurt Angle in being named to the NCAA 75th Anniversary Wrestling Team - the 15 greatest NCAA wrestlers in history. He began intensive training in MMA in January for his

In 2008, Abas retired from competitive wrestling after a failed run at the Olympic Trials, and took up a position as a wrestling coach with San Diego's The Arena  MMA gym, working with Diego Sanchez, Cris Cyborg, and others. He began intensive MMA training this past January for a May 5th debut.

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sidewinder1 site profile image  

4/4/10 8:55 AM by sidewinder1

Rosholt was a great college wrestler but he wasn't quite at Abas's level. Rosholt usually peaked in March and had a great tournament. Abas steamrolled everyone. I see a lot of success for him at 135 in MMA.

QUENTEN site profile image  

4/4/10 8:47 AM by QUENTEN

 One of my all time favorite wrestlers. Where a lot of the great wrestlers from the US have been known for their punishing, grinding styles, Abas was known as a technician who was extremely slick. Really excited to see his transition to MMA

Posty Magee site profile image  

4/4/10 4:09 AM by Posty Magee


Thunderlips The Ultimate Male site profile image  

4/4/10 3:59 AM by Thunderlips The Ultimate Male

Rosholt just needs more seasoning. He is still a work in progress but has a 7-2 record which is not horrible by any means. I am sure we will see him back in the UFC in due time. Kolat did not take MMA seriously and his record, or lack of one is a direct reflection of that.

Roo Badley site profile image  

4/4/10 1:04 AM by Roo Badley

 He may be the greatest high school wrestler ever. Cary Kolat was an undefeated four-time Pennsylvania state champion who placed third twice at the prestigious Midlands tournament while in high school. Kolat went on to become a four-time All-American and two-time NCAA champion in college — and a two-time World medalist and 2000 Olympian internationally. Name Cary Kolat  Record 0 - 1 - 0 (Win - Loss - Draw) I'm not knocking wrestlers, just saying that being a wrestling phenom doesn't always mean you wil equal that succuss in MMA. Jake Rosholt, another 3 time NCAA champ did average in the UFC losing his last match to Kendall Grove by submission.

Seamus619 site profile image  

4/4/10 12:29 AM by Seamus619

 We have some really really legit grapplers at The Arena.

HOLLYWOOD-MO site profile image  

4/4/10 12:02 AM by HOLLYWOOD-MO

that highlight reel was ridiculous

King Kong site profile image  

4/3/10 9:35 PM by King Kong


supersaiyan site profile image  

4/3/10 9:27 PM by supersaiyan

pulling for him and great success

King Kong site profile image  

4/3/10 9:22 PM by King Kong

The wrestling to MMA movement could be compared to this IMO.


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