UFC will host one-legged national champion wrestler at UFC 60 this weekend
DATE: 5/24/2006 1:15:00 PM
By John Fuller
Full Athlete Marketing
Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) will host Anthony Robles, a national champion wrestler born with just one leg, at their UFC 60 event at The Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. on Saturday, May 27. During the event, Anthony will be honored by the UFC for his amazing accomplishments.
The UFC brings together the some of the top mixed martial arts competitors in a world to compete in a controlled environment. Many of the top UFC stars are former elite-level wrestlers, including Randy Couture, Matt Lindland, Tito Ortiz and Matt Hughes, who will fight in the UFC 60's feature bout.
Born with just one leg, 17 year-old Anthony Robles of Mesa, Ariz. capped off an amazing career on March 26 by winning the National High School Coaches Association (NHSCA) national title at 112 lbs. with a 9-1 victory in the finals. The NHSCA invites only seniors in high school who won state titles to its national meet. Robles became the first disabled wrestler to win a title at the NHSCA national championships.
The win also finished off a perfect 53-0 senior season for him. For his four-year career, he posted a record of 131-15 and won two Arizona state titles. He was also undefeated as a junior. Amazingly, Anthony never wrestled until his family moved from just outside of Los Angeles to Mesa before his freshman year. He aspires to someday compete in mixed martial arts after he completes his collegiate wrestling career at Arizona State Univ., where he will study Business.
Recently, Anthony has been featured on ESPN's Cold Pizza, CNN, Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends and this week will be featured on ABC World News Tonight as their Person of the Week. He is expected to be nominated for a 2006 ESPY Award for Best Disabled Athlete.
For more information on the UFC and this event, please visit www.UFC.tv.