Jacobe Smith wrestling MSU's Drew Hughes at the 2019 NCAAs (Photo/Tony Rotundo, WrestlersAreWarriors.com)
Jacobe Smith, an NCAA All-American wrestler for Oklahoma State, has signed a contract with Zinkin MMA, a major mixed martial arts management organization.
Smith posted the news on his Facebook page on St. Patrick's Day:
As Brandon M. Cain of CowboysRideForFree.com -- an independent website covering Oklahoma State sports -- reported Tuesday, Jacobe Smith will be joining fellow former Cowboy wrestlers Daniel Cormier and Kyle Crutchmer at American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif.
Jacobe Smith was a 2018 NCAA All-American wrestler and two-time Big 12 champion at 174 pounds at Oklahoma State. Prior to becoming a Cowboy, Smith won back-to-back national junior college titles in 2015 and 2016 at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. Smith also earned an Oklahoma state title as a wrestler at Muskogee High School, and was a two-time Fargo All-American. In addition to wrestling, Jacobe Smith was a multi-sport athlete at Muskogee, participating in cross country, football and baseball.
Seth Duckworth of PistolsFiring.com first reported last June that Jacobe Smith was considering a professional MMA career.
"Smith is as explosive as it comes on his feet and his physicality and athleticism are next level. That should transition really well into MMA," according to Duckworth.
As to which weight class Jacobe Smith might chose once he starts competing in MMA, Duckworth wrote, "He could possibly bulk up to middleweight (185 pounds) but could also reasonably make the cut down to welterweight (170 pounds)."