(Ferguson posing with Dana White)
Former Olympic Judo player Rhadi Ferguson will make his MMA debut for the Hybrid Fight League. The event will happen on Aug. 21 in Hopkinsville, Ky.
ProMMANow.com broke the news late on Tuesday, and confirmed the story with both the promotion and Ferguson’s manager.
Ferguson won the U.S. National Judo championship four times. After being an alternate on the 2000 Olympic team, he made the 2004 team and competed in Athens. He holds a black belt in Judo, and is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Ricardo Liborio.
The Judo player also decided to test himself on the ground. He entered the 2005 edition of ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship and acquitted himself quite well. In the first round, he scored a victory over Jun Ishii, but was eliminated in the next round by training partner Jeff Monson.
While Ferguson will be making his MMA debut, he has been around the sport for quite a long time. He has worked extensively with American Top Team and trained some of the best fighters like Brandon Vera, Bobby Lashley and Jeff Monson.