Jake Rosholt (6-2), four-time All American and three-time NCAA Division I wrestling champion out of Oklahoma State University (OSU), was released by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) yesterday following his Nov. 21 submission loss to Kendall Grove.
Rosholt announced the news via his official Twitter account.
He turned pro about two years ago and had gone undefeated in his first five fights, including his World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) debut against Nissen Osterneck. Despite the win, Rosholt did not appear comfortable on his feet, eating several knuckle sandwiches and looking as if he could be stopped. However, he weathered the storm and capitalized with a technical knockout shortly after Osterneck punched himself out.
The win was good enough to get him a crack at the big boys in the UFC, where he locked horns with Dan Miller at UFC Fight Night 17 back in February. His limited experience was evident in that 185-pound contest, getting submitted with a rather routine choke early in the first round.
He quickly rebounded with an impressive submission win of his own over the hard-hitting Chris Leben at UFC 102 back in August, but unfortunately he was unable to maintain that momentum, falling to Kendall Grove via triangle-choke on the undercard of "Ortiz vs. Griffin 2" on Nov. 21.
Rosholt may be on the unemployment line, but it's unlikely he'll stay there very long. With organizations like Strikeforce, Bellator and MFC in the hunt for recognizable talent, Rosholt has enough experience on the big stage to make him an viable commodity.