The Norman Transcript

Homepage

January 27, 2014

Former Olympian and wrestling All-American staying in the MMA fight game

NORMAN — There are very few people from Oklahoma who have a resume that can match Kenny Monday. The Tulsa native is an Olympic Gold medalist, three-time Olympian and a three-time All-American at Oklahoma State. That would be enough laurels to rest on for the rest of his life.

But that isn’t Monday ‘s style. After his wrestling career ended, he got in to Mixed Martial arts in 1997. That began a whole new career that has now brought him to running his own promotion company, BattleGrounds MMA.

“I’ve been involved in wrestling all my life,” Monday said. “So I’ve always loved one on one. I always loved boxing, martial arts. Once the sport (MMA) kind of took off and I saw some of my buddies kind of wrestling and doing so well, I knew there was a sport that I would gravitate to.”

BattleGrounds, which was formed in 2012, hosted its third ever event last weekend at the Riverwind Casino in Norman. In front of a sellout crowd, Monday put on the type of show MMA fans in Oklahoma will flock to on a regular basis.

“I am very impressed with the turnout, the enthusiasm is high,” Monday said. “We sold out. So that’s always a great sign. You put together a fight, you put together a card. We do it for the fans. We want to entertain the fans. It’s a growing fan base in Oklahoma, which I am really excited about. It’s great for our third show.”

While the fans were excited throughout the evening not every fight lived up to the billing. Many ended in the first few minutes of the opening round after fighters got caught in painful positions and were forced to tap out.

But that seemed to only lather up the fans even more. It’s an atmosphere Monday says all sporting fans should experience, regardless of what they’ve heard about the sport.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines

Sports
Opinion

Features

Must Read

Big 12 Media Days
Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
Business

Photos


Facebook