American Wrestler Pat Downey Is Headed To Bellator MMA
Bellator MMA has reportedly roped in Pat Downey.
The American wrestler will compete in the middleweight division of the MMA promotion.
Veteran MMA reporter Ariel Helwani first broke the news, claiming that he was informed by a Bellator official.
Downey, 29, rose to fame for his performances in senior-level circuit where he remained unbeaten. He went on to join the USA Wrestling world team. The wrestler is also a Dave Schultz Memorial International champion, a competitor in the U.S. Open and World Team Trials, and NCAA All-American.
Bellator MMA hasn’t yet revealed the signing officially nor fixed a date or opponent for Downey’s debut.
Downey became a controversial figure a decade ago when he was arrested multiple times from 2009-10 for facing legal issues during his time as a standout wrestling recruit. He lost his full-ride scholarship to Penn State University.
In an interview in September 2020, he said: “For me, fighting you usually have to pay to get out of trouble. Now you’re telling me I can get paid to do this? Sign me up.”
This past week, the Baltimore native called time on his wrestling career to become a mixed martial artist. Downey had always been open to switching to MMA. It was just a matter of when.