Another Mizzou wrestler heads to MMA

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Yet another former Missouri wrestler is

trying his hand at mixed martial arts.

Mark Ellis won the 2009 NCAA Division I heavyweight title as a

Missouri junior. Ellis has now signed a contract with one of the

top MMA talent agencies and will train in northern California.

He follows 2008 Olympian and two-time NCAA champion wrestler Ben

Askren, who has become a rising star in mixed martial arts.

Former Missouri wrestler Tyron Woodley has also moved from the

wrestling mat to the MMA ring known as the octagon.