Olympic gold medalist wrestler Tamyra Mensah-Stock, the first black woman in US wrestling history to win a gold medal, opened up about if she'd ever make the transition to MMA.
Mensah-Stock spoke with MMA Junkie's Danny Segura during Wednesday night's 2021 PFL Championship event where she was supporting her fellow Olympian, Claressa Shields, and responded with the following on if she'd ever considered getting into the cage at some point herself. She was non-committal and honest about the kind of progression she'd need to make in the striking aspect of the sport in order to actually compete one day.
“I am excited to see my fellow Olympians go out there and give their all,” Mensah-Stock said. “Me, however, right now I’m just enjoying my time here, I don’t know what the future holds, but I am looking at it and scoping it out…we’ll see where God takes me. I honestly don’t know. I will say that my uncle, Omar Henry, he was a professional boxer, and I’ve been around the boxing area you know Claressa Shields, so I love watching boxing. But I gotta learn how to throw a punch. I don’t know how to throw a punch. Last time somebody taught me I threw both hands in because I didn’t know what to do, so I honestly don’t know what it will take. Everything has to look dang-near superb to try and get me out of wrestling because wrestling I’ve been doing it for 12 years.”