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MMA Promotion Eyes Penn State For Card With Former Nittany Lions

MMA promotion Bellator will reportedly hold a card at Penn State in the fall that features former Penn State wrestlers Ed Ruth and Phil Davis.

The news comes from ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, who cited Bellator President Scott Coker as the source for his report.

He also said that Penn State is involved with the event and is working to have the two national champions back on campus.

Davis is a four-time All-American who won the national title at 197 pounds during his senior year in 2008. He began his MMA career in October of 2008 and has racked up a 17-3 record through the years. He competed in the UFC for six years, finishing in 2015 with a 9-3 record. He’s currently Bellator’s Light Heavyweight Champion and has a fight scheduled for June 24.

Ruth wrapped up his collegiate wrestling career in 2014 after winning three national titles at 174 and 184 pounds. He made his MMA debut in 2016 after missing out on a spot in the Olympics and is undefeated after three fights — all in Bellator.

The Bryce Jordan Center has never hosted an MMA event, but would likely be the site of the card if these plans come to fruition. Bellator has fights booked through August 25, so it’s presumed any day in 2017 after that month would be the date of the fight.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.

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