A recent hotbed of mixed martial arts talent, Arizona State University on Tuesday announced the discontinuation of its wrestling program, along with two other varsity sports, men's swimming and men's tennis.
Velasquez recently made his Octagon debut, defeating
But their roots, their base that gave them a jump start on their MMA careers, the wrestling program at ASU, is on the chopping block.
In its official statement on Tuesday, the university sited "economic realities experienced over a long period of time" as the primary reason for shutting down the wrestling program.
According to ASU's Vice President of University Athletics,
One of the largest universities in the country, and not the only one suffering financial hardships, Arizona State may be setting an example that other educational institutions may follow, possibly to the detriment of mixed martial arts.