Gold Medalist Helen Maroulis Training with McGregor
American freestyle wrestler Helen Maroulis achieved a dream at the Rio Olympics, defeating wrestling legend Saori Yoshida to win gold. It was the first time in history that an American woman won gold in Olympic wrestling competition. And now, the 25-year-old may be exploring a transition to mixed-martial-arts.
Maroulis took to Instagram to reveal that she has traveled to Dublin, Ireland for some training at Straight Blast Gym, the home of head coach John Kavanagh and UFC superstar Conor McGregor.
"Excited for a great week of training with @coach_kavanagh, and @thenotoriousmma," Maroulis wrote. "Always good to be challenged and humbled when learning something new."
Shortly thereafter, Maroulis posted an even stronger hint that she is considering an MMA career on Twitter:
— Helen Maroulis (@helen_maroulis) January 17, 2017
"Let the fun (aka training) begin! Excited to learn some new stuff from some great people #futureinmmapossibly?"
Maroulis is the latest in a trend of elite Olympians considering a transition from the mats to the cage. Two-time judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison recently began MMA training and has a contract with World Series of Fighting.