Do you know any examples of weightlifters (particularly successful oly lifters) who also had some successes in combat sports? I mean, any average lifter that made it to an olympic or even a strong national team should be far stronger (more powerful, explosive) than an average fighter wannabe. There is of course the issue of strength endurance and overall cardio, but that doesn't seem really troublesome, especially for an experienced athlete. Then comes the issue of technique and again, nothing mindblowing about it. Oly lifters have great hand-eye coordination and should be able to pick stuff up in "no time". Imagine what Dimas would be like to fight in MMA. Taking into account that the money pile is bigger for fighters, why aren't (or are they?) MMA gyms full of guys who lifted in their teens and early twenties at a competitive level and the epitome of MMA strength is what you gain working on a farm somewhere? I did some research on this issue and found a vid of Paul Springer getting mauled by Butterbean in a boxing match, but not much else. <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/YduYS6Fniv8&hl=en"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/YduYS6Fniv8&hl=en" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object> Ideas?